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Why You Should Take Your Child to the Chiropractor

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You may have thought about going to the chiropractor for yourself, but what about for your child? Your child can benefit greatly from chiropractic adjustments and spinal manipulation. Read on for some of these benefits and why you should take your child to the chiropractor.
Boost Immune System
You can help boost your child's immune system by getting them chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic care doesn't treat diseases, but it can be used to help prevent them by boosting the immune system. A greater immune system can prevent illnesses such as upper respiratory infections and ear infections and can help fight off other types of illnesses.
Many illnesses can occur (and reoccur) often with the spread of germs, especially with school-age children, but chiropractic care can give your child the boost they need to fight them off. This also means missing less school due to illness.
Treat Pain
Children that are more active in sports and other activities may experience muscle pain and other types of pain throughout the body. Chiropractic care can help treat the pain and will help your child recover from injuries much faster than without adjustments. This means less time sitting out of games and more time playing with faster recovery time.
Improve Sleep
Children with sleep disorders can benefit greatly from spinal adjustments. Chiropractic care can give your child the sleep they need, which can aid in brain development and improve focus at school.
Using chiropractic care to improve sleep can also prevent relying on medications used to treat the sleep disorder or to aid with focus. It's a more natural alternative, and you won't have to worry about the side effects from the drugs given to your child.
Prevent Headaches
Children that get headaches often may suffer due to a lack of sleep or from chronic pain. With the right type of chiropractic care, your child may experience fewer headaches. This will give your child a better quality of life and allow them to participate in activities that they may have missed out on due to these headaches.
Improve Posture
School-age children often have poor posture, usually due to the heavy backpacks they carry around. Books, paperwork, and other items shoved into these backpacks will cause your child to slouch. This change in posture can cause all types of issues for your child, including back pain, and can lead to other disorders such as pinched nerves or digestive issues.
Chiropractic care can improve your child's posture and prevent these disorders. Your child's chiropractor can also offer helpful tips like the following on how to wear their backpack properly to ensure these problems do not occur again.
  • Use both straps. Don't wear just one strap. This can lead to stress on one side of the body and misalignment of the spine and hips.
  • Wear the backpack high. The backpack should not sit below your hips. Don't allow it to slouch down; tighten the straps so the backpack sits on the back.
  • Place heavy items in the back. Heavier items should be put in the backpack first and smaller, lighter items towards the front. This helps prevents the items from pulling you back.
  • Use all compartments. If you have a backpack with a lot of compartments, use them. This can distribute the weight evenly.
These backpack tips can help prevent a misalignment of the spine and pain in the neck, shoulders, lower back and hips.
Take your child to Alliance Chiropractic for a consultation and adjustment so your child can reap the benefits of chiropractic care and improve their overall health and well-being throughout their childhood and beyond.