We often receive calls from parents wanting to know if chiropractic care is safe for their children. The answer is yes. Chiropractic is noninvasive and therefore safe for children, even small ones. In fact, we treat many families in our clinic where the parents initially come to us for help because they are suffering from something like a headache or back pain and then bring their children in so they can receive assistance as well.
Reasons children visit our clinic
Some of the reasons that children come in for chiropractic care are:
- Being injured while playing sports
- Car accident
- Straining a muscle
- General feelings of being unwell
- Growing pains
- General soreness or discomfort in the back, neck or shoulders
- Hip or joint pain
Bringing a child in after a car accident is critical for the child's long-term recovery. The child can develop scar tissue and other long-term problems just as an adult can. It is possible to prevent these long-term complications through chiropractic care. Thus, it is crucial to schedule an examination as soon as possible.
Additionally, many children benefit from receiving chiropractic care due to changes they experience from normal growth patterns. For example, when a child is going through a growth spurt, it is normal for them to have some pain and soreness, leading to discomfort with their hips or one leg being longer than the other.
Through chiropractic care, we are able to bring the spine into alignment and ensure that as they grow, they experience as little discomfort as possible. With the example of one leg being longer than the other, if this issue remains, it could cause them discomfort and pain when walking or standing. By bringing the spine into alignment, we can typically solve the problem.
Why chiropractic can be better than other forms of treatment
When it comes to treating back pain or headaches, it is far better to visit our clinic than to give a child Tylenol or ibuprofen on a regular basis. Medication can be necessary for things like a fever but when it comes to common pain relief, it is better to simply address the cause of the pain rather than masking it.
Otherwise, a child will continue to need pain medication. Our goal is to take away the source of the discomfort so that the child will not have to live with it. This can help to prevent dependencies on medication and help a child to live a better quality life.
Many insurance policies are covering chiropractic treatments now, even treatments for children. To find out if yours does, it is beneficial to call the insurance company directly. If you need more information on which types of insurance we accept, call our office.
Schedule an appointment today
To discover the many benefits of chiropractic care, call our office and schedule an appointment today. We will be happy to provide treatment for you and your children, explain treatment options in greater detail and help your family get on the road to recovery.