Many adults see a chiropractor to improve their general health and to prevent pain, but did you know that chiropractic is great for kids, too?

Dr. Mark Kendall sees many children in our Commerce Twp, MI office, and the scientific literature backs up what we see every day: Chiropractic is safe and effective for keeping your kids healthy.


Benefits of Chiropractic Care

For children of all ages, physical touch is enormously beneficial. Lack of physical contact can lead babies to fail to thrive and cause depression and emotional disorders in growing children. For so many reasons, chiropractic is a great service to provide to any child.

Chiropractic has been regarded for centuries as a vital aspect of a healthy life. Touch is among the first of the senses to develop in newborns, and babies respond positively to human touch both physically and emotionally. Chiropractors understand the special needs of small children and provide soothing services that is nurturing and enjoyable to babies.

Children of all ages can benefit from chiropractic as a stress reducer. Stress has been linked to immune system functionality, and chiropractic has proven benefits in combating illness from asthma to eczema by boosting immunity and reducing stress. In addition, chiropractic provides much-needed human touch that helps to promote healthy emotional development.

Children with special needs can benefit greatly from chiropractic. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, can be regulated with chiropractic by a trained therapist, and many clients report increased ability to focus and maintain better self-control in school with the help of chiropractic. Chiropractic can also help children fall asleep more easily, sleep more soundly and enjoy feelings of alertness all day long.

Asthma

Many who suffer from asthma find improvement through chiropractic care. There may be a link between the spinal column, the nervous system and the respiratory system. This may be why many have mentioned improved breathing by utilizing chiropractic treatment.

Your diaphragm is the primary muscle used for breathing. Nerves that control each breath leave your brain and exit the spinal cord in the mid-neck area. Spinal problems can have a large impact on the nerve supply to the diaphragm. Reducing vertebral subluxation complexes in the spine may help restore proper nervous system control of the lungs and improved function can begin.

Chiropractic care may help reduce the frequency and severity of asthma attacks. Naturally, we can’t make any promises—however, if you have subluxations, and they are the cause of your symptoms, many have found relief with conservative chiropractic care.

Colic

Infant colic is described as repeated episodes of crying or screaming in otherwise healthy babies. When an infant has colic, it becomes difficult for the whole family, as babies seem to be constantly in distress and it feels as if there is nothing you can do about it. There is no known cause for colic but may be stimulated by a number of factors. Chiropractic care may be an effective step to treat an infant’s symptoms.

There are many theories as to why colic exists, from digestive issues to hormones to oversensitivity, but one thing is clear: whatever the cause, chiropractic may be the solution. Infant chiropractic care has been regarded for centuries as a vital aspect of a healthy life. Touch is among the first of the senses to develop in newborns, and babies respond positively to human touch both physically and emotionally. Therapists trained in infant chiropractic care understand the special needs of small children and provide soothing treatment that is nurturing and enjoyable to babies. This means that your baby will spend less time crying and more time laughing and learning. It also means that you get more quality time playing with and loving him or her versus trying to console or calm the tears.

Immune Function

The status of chiropractic health affects immune function within the human body. Long-term chiropractic care provides benefits to recipients.

Subluxations can negatively affect the body’s immune response by interfering with the communication link between the nervous system and the immune system. The nervous system is in direct control of the body’s immune system and that interfering with it in any way can adversely affect how it functions. Any malfunction of the body, especially a malfunction of the immune system, will cause the body to become unhealthy. Chiropractic adjustments correct spinal subluxations and help restore this communication link.

With the immune system under direct control of the nervous system, chiropractic treatment is important to a healthy and fully functioning immune system. It has been found that people under chiropractic care have stronger immune systems than those who are not. Everyone who wants a properly functioning immune system should have their spines checked on a regular basis.

Safety

Chiropractic care is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of most back and neck problems. Spinal adjustments are extremely safe when performed by a licensed chiropractor.

Adjustments, or manipulation as they’re sometimes referred to, involve the minor movement of vertebrae in the spine. The objective of this movement is to realign vertebrae that have moved out of place for a number of reasons ranging from normal daily activity to trauma such as a car accident.

When these vertebrae are out of place, it has an overall systemic effect from muscular to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow of all nerves and systems in the body from the brain, we can’t function at our peak.

An adjustment is often a pressure from the chiropractor utilizing the hands or an instrument to move a vertebrae back into place. This happens with a quick movement and is often without discomfort. You may hear a noise that sounds like you’re cracking your knuckles referred to as joint cavitation. It is the release of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen from the joint.

Chiropractic Care For Children

As a parent, you’re concerned about keeping your kids healthy, but you also want to make sure that any kind of healthcare they receive is safe and natural. Chiropractic is both! A 2012 study looked at the records of 921 chiropractors to investigate the safety of chiropractic. The author found no serious adverse reactions to chiropractic adjustments.

Chiropractic is great because it doesn’t use drugs or risky surgery to optimize health: it’s truly an all-natural approach. If you’d like to see how chiropractic can help your children, give Dr. Mark Kendall a call today at (248) 363-1775 for an appointment. We’re conveniently located in Commerce Twp for your whole family.

Marchand AM. Chiropractic Care of Children from Birth to Adolescence and Classification of Reported Conditions: An Internet Cross-Sectional Survey of 956 European Chiropractors. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2012; 35 (5):372-380.