According to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, more than 17 percent of all chiropractic patients are under the age of 18 In the United States. Of that 17 percent, nearly 8 percent are five years or younger.
The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association has initiated a ground breaking study on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for children. The preliminary results are outstanding and show that chiropractic care is safe for children. Even more significant is that parents reported three unexpected improvements with their child’s care: improved sleeping, improved behavior and attitude, improved immune system function.
Dr. Curtis Nelson D.C. talks about how teenagers can benefit from high-quality chiropractic care in his article as follows: Chiropractic care can help teenagers in the growing process: The growing process is often fraught with great anomalies, with different teens demonstrating different patterns and propensities for growth. Some parts of their body may grow faster and quicker or slower than the other parts. This can cause growing pains, as well as imbalance and awkwardness. Chiropractic care can help ensure optimum overall growth by enhancing the most efficient function of the spine and central nervous system.
Chiropractic care helps stop growing pains in teenagers: Many teens experience growing pains, which are typically achy and dull pains through the leg muscles, usually experienced in both legs at once. These may be caused by the overuse of leg muscles by teenagers. These growing pains are muscular in nature, which means they can be treated through doctor-guided stretching and massage.
Chiropractic care improves health in a growing body for teenagers: Along with the rapid growth of bones during the teenage years, muscle and tendon development must also keep pace. This can sometimes weaken the muscular system and joints. Regular visits to a chiropractor can stimulate muscle growth and limber up tendons. Chiropractic care helps foster optimal bone development in teenagers: Studies have shown that regular chiropractic care helps keep the balance between joints, muscles, and nerves, promoting optimal bone development and growth in teens. Gentle force is used for chiropractic adjustments for teenagers.
Chiropractic care helps improve posture in teenagers: Regular chiropractic adjustments can help improve posture in teens. These adjustments can also fix any misalignments that occur before they take a long-term toll on the teen body. An aligned spine may cause teenagers to sit up a little straighter as they become more aware of their spine.
Children and teenagers can benefit a great deal from regular chiropractic care for various ailments and even for normal growth.