Chiropractic Care for Children, Adolescents, and Teenagers

Published December 3rd, 2019 by Dr. Daner

While we have discussed the vital importance of chiropractic care for both adults and infants, the age group of children to teenagers is often overlooked. This is unfortunate, because this is the age range where they are most active, and still growing. Kids of all ages play sports, dance, play outside in playgrounds, and other physical activities. These are generally pretty physical activities, and kids will get their “bumps and bruises” along the way. These are the important years of physical development, especially of the skeletal system. In addition, these are the years where our children are sitting more than ever, due to being in school and studying (hopefully!) when they get home. When you combine the peak years of activity, a rapidly changing body and skeletal system, and the inevitability of falls, injuries, etc, it almost makes no sense NOT to take your young ones to the chiropractor to have them evaluated. 

In addition to all the things mentioned above, another reason to bring your young child to the chiropractor is to evaluate them for scoliosis. Scoliosis is simply a lateral curvature of the spine when looking from behind. The reason that it is vitally important to get this checked out as soon as possible is that it is easier to make changes to a spine that is still developing and growing, versus an adult’s that is already completely formed and very difficult to change. Like many conditions, the early detection of scoliosis is of crucial importance. 

Back and neck pain can be common in both adolescents and teenagers, as most are sitting in classrooms all day. In addition to this, this age group tends to have very poor posture. The increased use of cell phones and computers in the classroom generally lead to poor posture, as children tend to slouch at their desks and hold their head in a forward position when looking at their cell phones. This tends to lead to children losing the normal C-shaped curve in their neck, and developing a straight neck. Technology makes our lives easier, and our posture worse. However, like scoliosis, the loss of the cervical curve can be reversed with early detection. 

Take your children to the chiropractor now so they become healthier adults!

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