Visiting a chiropractor isn’t just for adults. In fact, children of all ages can also benefit from regularly seeing chiropractic professionals. Pediatric chiropractic refers to the practice of chiropractic techniques on young people. However, since children’s bodies are still growing and developing, pediatric chiropractors have undergone specialized training to ensure that the care they provide is appropriate and reflects the age of your child. Chiropractic treatment involves manipulating the body and spine to bring the spine into alignment and reduce pressure across the musculoskeletal system so that the body can functionally optimally, inside and out.

If you are considering chiropractic treatment for your child, you are probably wondering exactly how it can help. Here are some of the most popular benefits associated with pediatric chiropractic care.

Improve Your Child’s Sleep

Sleep deprivation is one of the most common complaints uttered by tired parents everywhere, particularly during the first few years of their child’s lives. Whether it’s night feeds, broken sleep, or exceptionally early mornings, many parents find that they don’t get nearly as much sleep as their bodies would like.

The solution is to get your child to sleep better first, and this is something that can be achieved using chiropractic treatment. Even the smallest misalignment in your child’s spine could be making it harder for them to fall asleep or stay asleep for longer periods. The misalignment could be causing stiffness, pain, or just minor discomfort that wakes them up when they should be sleeping, or affects the quality of their sleep, making them grumpy and irritable. Fortunately, regular chiropractic adjustments that realign the spine have been proven to help improve sleep quality and quantity in both adults and children alike.

Boost Their Immune System To Help Them Fight Disease

Children are more susceptible to disease because their immune system remains immature until they are around 8 years of age. However, even beyond it reaching maturity, they will still rely on a combination of factors to help keep their immune system strong and effective at fighting illness. A healthy, balanced diet is essential for a fully functional immune system, but you might also be surprised to learn that chiropractic treatment has been shown to be beneficial too. This is because areas of pressure or compression within the spine can compromise the effectiveness of their immune system. Eliminating areas of pressure can improve blood flow and enable all body systems to work more efficiently.


Reduce The Risk Of Injury

Children can be extremely accident-prone, and bumps and scrapes are pretty much to be expected on a weekly basis. However, some types of injuries are more significant and could be avoided using pediatric chiropractic treatment. This is because your chiropractor specializes in making sure that the spine and wider musculoskeletal system are properly aligned. Doing this ensures that your child experiences a full range of movement, proper balance, and strong muscles that make injuries less likely to occur.

Boost Their Brain Development

Your child’s brain will continue to develop for many years. It might not seem obvious, but studies have found that regular pediatric chiropractic appointments can be beneficial in boosting your child’s brain development. It does this by reducing pressure on your bones and joints and well as the spine, enabling oxygenated blood and nutrients to reach and fuel the brain cells.

Help With Common Childhood Illnesses

There are many common childhood illnesses, like earaches, digestive issues, sinus congestion, colic, reflux, and allergies. Each of these can affect the quality of life of your child as well as being stressful and upsetting for you to witness them suffering. Fortunately, the symptoms of many childhood illnesses can be improved through regular chiropractic appointments with a pediatric chiropractor. Chiropractic adjustments eliminate pressure on the nervous system, allowing blood and oxygen to flow around the body more efficiently, improving the way that all your child’s body systems work.

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Dr. Hawker

Dr Carmen grew up in a small town in Mpumalanga and moved to sunny Durban when she was 11 years old. She completed school and then went onto study, where she completed her Master’s in Chiropractic, at the Durban University of Technology. 

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