With students heading back to school this month, it is no surprise that we are seeing more kids in the clinic complaining of back pain. With increased sitting comes an increase in tension of the back and neck muscles, along with slouched shoulders, and awkward head positioning.
Your child’s spine undergoes considerable stress throughout the day. Take this visualization as an example:
When the head is positioned correctly, the weight of the head on the spine is about 12 lbs. If the head is moved forward about three inches ahead of the spine, the increase in weight on the spine is equivalent to 42 lbs! This increase in weight causes the spinal muscles and joints to tense up, and can promote poor posture.
Regular chiropractic care can help improve the flexibility of the spine and decrease tension in the back and neck muscles. We find that after visiting a chiropractor, children are more aware of their spine and posture. They are more likely to stretch, initiate exercise, and include more activity throughout the day. Some of the benefits of Chiropractic Care include:
Better Mobility – After seeing a Chiropractor, kids can expect to have better spinal flexibility, less muscle and joint tension, and improved athletic performance. Chiropractic care can also help prevent injuries and improve healing time.
Better Posture – A Chiropractor can help educate children on the benefits of better posture. If the body has a noticeable postural imbalance, for example, a high right shoulder, over time, it can cause pain. A Chiropractor can help correct poor posture such as forward head translation or slouching and realign the spine.
Improved Sleep — It is important that children get enough sleep since it supports their mental and physical development. Sleeping disorders such as insomnia can result from certain tensions in a child’s body. Chiropractic care helps to reduce stress in the body, thereby improving sleep.
Immune System Support — Chiropractic care can enhance a child’s health, by reducing stress and pain in the body. This in turn can help the immune system fight off colds and infections. An elevated level of stress in the body can directly weaken the immune system. A body that is pain-free is more likely to have a stronger immune system to help fight off infections more efficiently.
Chiropractic care can have many positive effects on a child’s development and wellbeing. If you would like your kids to benefit from chiropractic care, schedule an appointment online today. Our Chiropractors have experience treating patients of all ages and stages of life. To schedule an appointment, click here
We wish you the best of health!