Chiropractic care is not just for adults! Children, both kids and infants, can benefit from chiropractic care. Millard Family Chiropractic & Wellness uses chiropractic care to help kids with more than just pain relief—it’s about putting the body and brain into balance by helping the nervous system.
Chiropractic care for children can help promote proper growth and development as well as limit health challenges, such as problems with nursing or reflux. Chiropractic care for children helps their spine and nervous system grow optimally, without interferences.
The differences in chiropractic care for children are split between kids and infants.
Infants, of course, cannot talk to tell us if anything is wrong. As doctors, we look for problems with sleeping, pooping, eating, or burping to lend us signs of needing potential chiropractic care. Some issues in infants that can be helped with chiropractic include:
- Not sleeping through the night
- Crying a lot
- Constantly making tight fists
- Not latching during breast feeding
- Not being able to turn their head all the way
Kids have the opportunity to tell us more about the pain they may be feeling, but we encourage parents to pay close attention to how your children grow. Are their ears, shoulders and hips even? Are there any parts that are rotated? This could help us address a problem before it becomes a source of pain.
We also tend to see kids do more through sports than we ever have before. Repetitive sports practices can cause stress injuries or other issues. For example, a child who plays tennis and is continuously practicing their overhead serve is likely to develop a bent spine.
Chiropractic care can also help when it comes to focusing in school or dealing with ADD or ADHD. When the connection between the brain and the body is interrupted, it can cause an agitated nervous system, making hard to focus. Chiropractic care is about bringing that balance back to the nervous system.
If you or someone you know has a child that you believe could benefit from chiropractic care, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Contact us today for more information!
Back to School!
We would normally say "back to school already?!" But let's face it, this year has been nothing but normal and many of us are ready for our kids to get back into the classroom. With the return to school can come increased anxiety for both parent and child. Anxiety over the pressures of learning new things, being around new faces, and now additional rules and restrictions. So how do we empower our kids to take this all on?
Let's start from the inside out. The central nervous system, housed in the spinal column, dictates everything from our fight or flight response, to how we perceive things, and even our reaction time. When our vertebra are out of alignment, they interfere with how well the central nervous system does its job. Regular adjustments can keep everything open and improve how your body handles stress. After all, stress is our perception of a situation. If we can stay calm, switch off the flight or fight response, we can evaluate the situation and choose to respond, vs. react. Not to mention these additional benefits from regular adjustments:
- Improved Sleep
- Better Focus
- Reduce Growing Pains
This brings up choosing to respond. Remember kids are resilient and they learn best from experience. Whether its hands on or witnessing an event, they will gather their responses from what they see and hear. Spend some time talking to your kids about the upcoming school year. Yes, COVID-19 is a thing, and yes we all should do our part to stay healthy (wash hands, stay home if you're ill, and get adjusted). We may not get to choose the rules or restrictions, but we do get to choose our response to them.
And finally, give your kids an outlet to ask questions and express their feelings. Remember to give yourself grace when trying to answer questions. It is ok to say "I don't know." We are all learning and there is no better lesson to teach a child than that it is ok to not have all the answers.
We wish you all the best through this school year, and we'll be here the first Wednesday of every month for kids day.