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Health Should Be a Family Affair

Most kids treat their bodies like a rental car from Enterprise with all of the extra insurances; they stuff them full of junk, race everywhere at 90 miles an hour, and don’t seem to sweat the scratches and scrapes. Just like with a rental car, sometimes body damage requires more immediate repair. Band-Aids can fix the scrapes, but back strains and injuries require a more hands-on approach.

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Adults suffering from back or neck pain often rely on chiropractic care to treat acute pain and prevent further injury, but chiropractic care can benefit family members of all ages. As our healthcare system grapples with more and more of the comorbidities of our sedentary lifestyles, encouraging kids to take a proactive approach to their health and wellness can benefit the whole family in the long run. Chiropractic care can not only help treat acute pain, but can also promote better overall health.

Chiropractic care for children relies primarily on low-impact manipulations, and may have other health benefits over and above simply alleviating back pain, or damage resulting from birth trauma, sports injuries or accidents. Chiropractic care can benefit both adults and children by correctly aligning the spine, which leads not only to better posture and body mechanics, but may also lead to better overall health in other areas;

When vertebral joints are misaligned during birth or from a blow or fall, muscle tissue and nerves may also be affected. Spinal adjustment frees joints, restores motion and relieves nerve pressure, which may be the cause of additional ailments. Parents report successful treatment of children’s health issues such as acute earache, upper respiratory infection, muscle pain, neck pain and accident trauma. Spinal manipulation for children as young as newborn babies is an alternative treatment for the discomfort of colic and other digestive disorders as well. (http://www.livestrong.com/article/71159-benefits-chiropractic-care-kids/)

By ensuring that misalignments of the spine are corrected early, worsening of the condition or subsequent injuries can be avoided. The earlier these misalignments or injuries are detected and treated, the better the prognosis will be.

Chiropractic care for children has been steadily increasing since the early 1990s, and while scientific evidence in these areas is still inconclusive, the increasing popularity of pediatric chiropractic care (up 8.5% since 1991, according to the American Chiropractic Association) speaks volumes about the real-world benefit of this non-invasive holistic practice. In a survey of pediatric chiropractic patients by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) parents even reported improved behavior,  better sleep, and seemingly more effective immune systems, in addition to the expected improvements when used to treat chronic earache, scoliosis and neck pain.

While chiropractic care is by no means a cure-all or magic bullet, both scientific and empirical evidence suggest that its health benefits go well beyond simple posture adjustment. If you want your kids to experience the benefits of chiropractic care, call the interdisciplinary team at BodyMend or email us at info@bodymend.ca to book an appointment today.

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