As we all know, children seem to grow like weeds, heal incredibly fast, and have bodies that can bounce off the floor without injury- to our amazement! And it seems that way because its true on a basic physiological, cellular level. Children have more stem cells than adults, which are able to change into, and multiply as any kind of cell the body requires for healing, growth, and increased performance. Children's cells also divide more rapidly, allowing the child to quickly heal wounds and recover from illness and injury, and grow and mature physically, cognitively, and emotionally.
But does that mean they don't need the same chiropractic care that greatly benefits older adults who most commonly seek chiropractic care to find relief? On the contrary, children need and benefit from chiropractic even more! Thankfully, many parents already know this. According to a 2007 report in Pediatrics journal, children benefited from chiropractic care 30 million times a year. In 2008 and 2012, the CDC reported that chiropractic adjustments were the most utilized form of complementary health care for children.
Subluxations are most devastating to rapidly developing bodies, as nerve impulses from the brain direct the tissue cells how to function and multiply correctly for proper growth and health, and as more cells are created in childhood growth, proper nerve function is that much more important. If allowed to persist for months or years, poor health and development may incur as a result. Infant colic, difficulty nursing, earaches, and constipation are just a few of the common ailments that are relieved by chiropractic care, as shown by a wealth of research, and even more important are more serious diseases prevented by chiropractic care.
Children who grow up with a healthy spine and nervous system get sick less often and develop closer to their full potential. Regular spinal adjustments coupled with lifestyle, exercise, and nutritional advice from your chiropractor will help your entire family, from newborns to grandparents, to grow, develop, heal, and maximize life while losing less time and money to sickness and disease. If you've never visited a doctor of chiropractor, schedule a consultation today! If you are a patient but never considered bring your children or grandchildren- do so! They will thank you someday!