At Anderson Peak Performance, we often get asked if chiropractic is safe for children. In response, we have decided to write this article to answer all your questions.
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic offers early diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders that effect the function on the musculoskeletal system. At Anderson Peak Performance, we believe in a patient-doctor partnership and hands-on approach, helping you to build momentum, balance and velocity. This means we don’t just treat the body physically though hand treatment of the bones, muscles and joints. We also blend lifestyle, environmental and wellness choices, such as diet and lifestyle, to maintain your chiropractic wellness!
Why would my child need chiropractic care?
A child’s body goes through rapid change from birth to adolescence. To ensure that everything is progressing as it should be, it is important to monitor your child’s growth and development. However, bones, muscles and joints all develop so quickly, so parents may struggle to identify if there is anything wrong with their child’s development as they lack in depth knowledge in child anatomy.
At Anderson Peak Performance, we have that knowledge. As chiropractors, we can perform simple assessments to determine if there are any issues which could effect your child’s development. This could be issues with posture, muscle weakness or tightness, or other biomechanical issues. We can also help with a number of other conditions, including:
→ behavioral or digestive issues
→ growing pains
→ sports related injuries (e.g. sprains or strains)
→ trouble sleeping
→ issues with breastfeeding or latching on
→ co-ordination issues
→ colic (excessive crying for no apparent reason – often suffered by babies)
We can also monitor the growth and development of your child to ensure any issues are located as early as possible to prevent any further problems in later life.
But is chiropractic safe for my child?
The short answer is yes! Chiropractic is safe for all children, including babies.
The long answer is that we use different treatment methods for children that we do for adults. These techniques use far less force, focusing instead on soft tissue therapy and joint mobility. In fact, when treating babies we use only the pressure of our fingertips – this is equal to the amount of force used to test if a tomato is ripe at the grocery store!
You must remember that chiropractors are highly skilled in treating the musculoskletal system. This means we can perform treatments in the safest possible way and with the greatest of care on all of our clients, including children.