5 Reasons Parents Take Healthy Kids to a Chiropractor
While most people visit a chiropractor when they are in pain, the truth is that a lack of symptoms doesn’t mean the body is 100% healthy. This is especially true for children.
The central nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord, controls everything from organs to muscles to glands. Children’s bodies grow so rapidly that if any part of the nervous system has interference, it can lead to a variety of problems in the future. Here are five reasons to see a chiropractor even if your child seems healthy.
1. Strengthen the Immune System.
Kids are constantly introduced to new germs, and the only way to combat those germs is through a healthy immune system. Nerve interference could keep the brain from communicating with the tonsils, adenoids, spleen, lymph nodes, and other important parts of the immune system that help prevent illness. Gentle adjustments can fix any misalignments that interrupt those communications.
2. Help Babies Sleep Better.
Many parents subscribe to the philosophy that if babies aren’t sleeping, they just need to cry it out and will eventually fall asleep. But if a misaligned vertebrae is causing discomfort or disruption to the nervous system, your baby could actually be too uncomfortable to sleep soundly. Regular exams by a local Waterloo IL chiropractor can fix those discomforts to help your baby — and you — sleep better.
3. Minimize the Risk of Injury.
Whether your children are into sports or just like to ride bikes, they’re bound to take a tumble at some point. Small stumbles may not initially cause a lot of discomfort, but they do cause shifts in the musculoskeletal system. If there is already a misalignment and a bigger tumble takes place, it’s going to be more difficult for the body to recover. Gentle adjustments ensure that any part of the spine that is misaligned can be adjusted before a major injury occurs, and can even facilitate faster healing.
4. Help Them Stay Focused.
The brain is one of the main components of the nervous system, and it plays a vital role in a child’s ability to concentrate. Therefore, any subluxation that causes nerve interference can result in problems staying focused. Many parents find that chiropractic visits help improve their kids’ grades in school, and some have seen improvements in ADHD/ADD behavior.
5. Improve Posture.
Today’s adolescents and teenagers spend the majority of their time behind a computer screen or looking down at their phones. This puts tremendous stress on their necks, which can cause lifelong problems such as forward head posture. A pediatric chiropractor can perform adjustments and recommend lifestyle changes to reverse these issues before they become severe.
Visit Turning Point Wellness Center to Keep Your Child Healthy
Dr. Colleen Miller, Dr. Jennifer Kujawski and Dr. Katie Neff specialize in keeping children healthy with gentle chiropractic adjustments. To make an appointment for your child, call our Waterloo location at (618) 939-5585 or our Red Bud location at (618) 282-3900.