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Children develop at a rapid pace physically, emotionally and intellectually. At times, though, children need extra support to ensure healthy development and overcome unforeseen circumstances. The child treatment services at French Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Madison are designed to enhance the healthy development of children in Painesville, Mentor and surrounding communities in Ohio.

Is Chiropractic Care Safe For Children?

Numerous studies have verified that chiropractic care is safe and effective for children. If you would not question the value that surgery (The most invasive of procedures) may have to offer an ailing newborn, you can rest assured that conservative care has something to safely offer a child. The force that chiropractors apply to infants for adjustments is similar to the force that you use on tomatoes to check if they are ripe, and anyone with kids knows that they can withstand much more force than tomatoes. For more than 100 years, chiropractors have made children’s lives healthier, and our chiropractors are well educated in the specialty of child treatment. They handle children gently and can care for any specific or special needs that they may have.

Why Do Kids Need Chiropractic Care?

According to Wolff’s Law, children’s bones mold to the outside physical pressure that is applied to them, and appropriate joint motion is required to distribute the pressure for favorable development. When children go through growth spurts, or periods during which their skeletal growth accelerates, the balance of the joints and muscles is particularly important. Children’s nervous systems are also developing quickly, including their spinal cords, brains and the millions of nerves that control a majority of their bodily functions. The nerves need proper motion to ensure optimum communication development, just as the bones require appropriate joint motion for favorable development.

Is Chiropractic Care For Kids The Same As It Is For Adults?

The fundamentals of chiropractic treatment are the same regardless of the age of the patient. However, an 8-year-old child will have different needs than an 80-year-old adult because the child’s body is still going through different stages of development. Additionally, the needs of one child will vary compared to those of another child based on their phases of development. Children usually have quicker, and greater, responses to chiropractic than adults, mostly because their bodies have not been subjected to as much abuse as adults. Also, pain is not a dominant system that affects children like it does adults. This makes it harder for parents to deduce when their children need care. However, some signs that children should visit a chiropractor include changes in posture, limping while running and being off-balance. In infants, the sign could be that they only want to feed on one breast or while turned on one side. The amount of pressure and specific techniques that chiropractors use will vary based on the specific needs and stages of development that the kids are going through at the time of treatment.

When Should I Start Bringing My Kids In?

You cannot bring your children in for a chiropractor visit too soon. It is not unusual for some parents to stop at a chiropractic office on their way home from giving birth. Our doctors have treated their own children since birth. Infants as young as minutes old are even checked by family chiropractors. This is because the process of giving birth is physically distressing on both the mother and infant, so getting chiropractic care for both of them as soon as possible is important. It is also beneficial for mothers to get chiropractic treatment while they are still pregnant. Additionally, it is never too late to visit a chiropractor, and your kids may like the benefits regardless of their age.

How Often Should I Bring Them In?

The frequency of chiropractic appointments for children varies, just like it does for adults, depending on their needs. On top of this, it is hard to deduce when children should visit a chiropractor because their pain is not usually noticeable, unless you know how to look for it. Due to this, it is recommended that you schedule regular visits much like you schedule pediatrician and dentist visits. This will allow us to catch minor problems before they become major problems. It will also allow your children to have the best opportunity for optimal health.

When to consider scheduling additional appointments for your child:

  • After falls or another trauma
  • When there are symptoms of imbalance, such as a tilting head or limping
  • After major milestones, such as crawling and walking

Common Childhood Conditions

Many families have witnessed chiropractic treatment make a big impact on children with certain conditions, and some of them you might not have considered would benefit from chiropractic. Although it is not a treatment for these conditions, chiropractic can be extremely helpful in enhancing the overall health of suffering children. These childhood conditions include:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Bed wetting
  • Birthing trauma
  • Breastfeeding difficulties
  • Colic
  • Common Cold
  • Constipation
  • Ear infections
  • Growing pains
  • Scoliosis
  • Sports injuries, such as Little League Elbow

To learn more about chiropractic treatment for children, contact French Chiropractic and Wellness Center, located in Madison, and serving the residents of Painesville, Mentor and surrounding towns in Ohio.