People often ask us why children would need chiropractic care, after all they do not have the stressors of daily life that adults do. Right?
Children may not have the same stressors as adults, but they do have stressors unique to them. A few examples of these can be residual problems from a the birthing process, (2.1) multiple falls from learning to walk, run, or ride a bike, long periods of sitting at school or day care, motor vehicle accidents, trauma, and diets consisting of junk foods, processed foods and lollies. (2.2)
Children develop rapidly, and their spines play a very important role in this development. The spine protects the spinal cord, from which all information is sent to the body from the brain. (2.3)
Is Chiropractic Safe for my child?
Low force chiropractic care is a safe form of health care for both adults and children. Chiropractors alter their procedures appropriate to the age of the children they treat. For example: adjustments for babies are different to those required for older children.
What is Scoliosis?
When viewing from behind, your head and hips should be level and your spine should be vertically straight. Scoliosis is defined as a lateral deviation of the spine and is common within children and adults. While there are many causes of scoliosis, Chiropractors define scoliosis into three categories (2.4)
- Structural vs Non-structural Scoliosis
- Congenital Scoliosis
- Idiopathic Scoliosis.
Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (also known as AIS) is the most common orthopaedic condition in children. During ages of puberty, spinal curvature and vertebral rotation are in its most aggressive form, which may be associated with decrease discomfort and function (2.5)
During the developmental years, it is vital that the spine is able to function at its optimum level, supporting the need for periodic posture and spinal checks. (2.6)
References2.1 Anderson-Peacock, Elizabth. 1998 ‘Birth Trauma’. Dynamic Chiropractic Volume 16 Issue 15. 2.2 Fysh, Peter. 1995. ‘Back pain in School Children’. Dynamic Chiropractic Volume 13 Issue 06 2.3 Davies, Neil 2000. ‘Chiropractic Pediatrics – A Clinical Handbook 2.4 Christensen, Kim. 2001 ‘Children and Scoliosis’. Dynamic Chiropractic Volume 12 Issue 04 2.5 Rowe et al, 2006 ‘Chiropractic manipulation in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: a pilot study’ Volume 14 Issue 15.