PEDIATRIC CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CENTRE
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
- Definition of Health by WHO.
Healthmedica’s Pediatric Chiropractic Wellness care is a gentle and non-invasive approach that ensures that your child’s nervous system is functioning well. Our goal is to prevent ailments / illness or to correct preexisting conditions before they become permanent during your child’s growth and development.
“It’s most important to understand that chiropractic is not a treatment for disease. It’s purpose is to reduce spinal nerve stress, a serious and often painless condition most children (and adults) have in their bodies. Spinal nerve stress interferes with the proper functioning of the nervous system, can weaken internal organs and organ systems, lower resistance, reduce healing potential and set the stage for sickness and disorders of all kinds.”
Why do kids need Chiropractic Care?
The skeletal system responds to the outside physical stresses placed upon the bones and proper joint motion is essential for optimal bone development.
When kids experience rapid skeletal growth (also known as growth spurts), balance in the joints and muscles surrounding them is very important. With regular Chiropractic care, these structural imbalances and restrictions can be avoided during your child’s crucial development. Inside a child’s rapidly growing spine is also their developing nervous systems. Their nervous system plays a central role in keeping things functioning well and healthy as it controls and regulates all the other systems like blood flow, bone growth and brain function.
Stress, tension, poor posture and accidents (kids do tend to fall a lot!) can misalign the spine and that can cause dysfunctions like otitis media, asthma, allergies, infantile colic, and enuresis. Such ailments can have serious impact on your child’s health, behavior and development.
Is Chiropractic safe for Children?
Chiropractic is the safest form of care for children. There are various large-scale research studies that verifies the safety and effectiveness of Chiropractic care. A child’s spine is very agile during the first few months. Therefore, pressure applied by the Doctor of Chiropractic is similar to how you would test the ripeness of a tomato. Healthmedica’s team of Chiropractic Doctors have taken extensive course work to advance in Prediatric Chiropractic care to address issues unique to kids.
Are Chiropractic treatments for Kids different than they are for an Adult?
The underlying principles of Chiropractic care is the same for all ages, but kids go through a developmental stage and have different focuses and needs than adults. The good news is that kids respond to Chiropractic care much faster and more effectively than adults. Another aspect is that pain is not the usual complaint for kids. It can make it more difficult for parents to know when kids need Chiropractic care the most. Usually there are signs related to postural, physical or behavioral changes. For example, if the child is only tilting his head to one side or if there is a limp when they walk, or not crawling due to some pain, etc.
How often is Chiropractic treatment required for kids?
For maintaining wellness and prevention reasons, parents are advised that children should visit a chiropractor 6-12 times a year. It is helpful to schedule a visit when the child reaches a major developmental milestone (i.e. crawling, walking, sitting up, etc.) or when you notice any signs of imbalance (i.e. limping, tilting, etc.).
However, the treatments vary to each child’s unique requirements and the frequency depends on how severe the ailment or condition is. What common childhood conditions does Chiropractic care help with? The below list represents some of the childhood conditions that Chiropractic treatments are known to treat. However, Chiropractic treatments are not designed to treat or cure such conditions.
The main principle of Chiropractic care is wellness and prevention in order to maintain the overall general health of the child. Treatment or prevention of such conditions is a positive side effect of Chiropractic treatment.
- Ear infections
- ADHD & Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Common Cold
- Colic, Constipation
- Growing pains
- Bed wetting
- Breastfeeding difficulties
- Birthing Trauma
- Sports injuries (like Little League Elbow)
Parents who opt for chiropractic care say that their children sleep better, don’t get sick as often, recover quickly from sickness, don’t get digestive issues, and are less fussy. Doctors of Chiropractic play a crucial role in maintaining optimal wellness and prevention of disease.