Parents who have seen the benefits of our treatments will often ask at what age chiropractic care can be beneficial to the short-term comfort and long-term health of their children.
While it might surprise some to hear, the fact remains: Good health starts on day one.
Those unfamiliar with chiropractic health care might be made uncomfortable by the thought of an infant or child receiving treatment. After all, the negative stereotype of an adjustment—a violent jerking motion, followed by a loud crack—is more at home in a Hollywood Steven Segal movie than a Torontofamily wellness center.
The truth of the matter is that there are a number of special techniques and treatments specifically for the delicate bodies of children as young as one day old.
Much like dealing with patients who suffer from arthritis, osteoporosis, and other diseases that weaken the bones and joints, chiropractic treatment is extremely effective when applied with appropriate care.
From birth to the end of puberty is perhaps the most important period of time in human development. In fact, our bodies grow to an average of about 24 times our original size over a span of about 16-18 years.
To put that into perspective, if we kept growing at that rate, the average 34-year-old adult would be over 9 storeys talland weigh about 2 metric tonnes.
Needless to say, that rate of growth can be a strain on your system. Any complications in a developing nervous system can sow the seeds for significant problems later in life.
A Healthy Spine Starts at Day One
Regular chiropractic treatment on a developing body achieves the same goal as regular chiropractic treatment on an adult body: It works to improve the function of the nervous system by ensuring spinal health. And while infants, children, and teenagers, might not be feeling the long-term effects of spine-related ailments, these early developmental stages are key in the growth of a healthy spine, body, and nervous system.
Help the young spines around you to grow healthy bodies, minds and lives – to be the best they can be and to enjoy the entitlement of a healthy life – refer them to a chiropractor!
Do you have any questions about how chiropractic care can benefit your entire family? Are you starting a family and would like to learn how treatment can help your child’s nervous system? Call or email us to book an appointment at our Toronto wellness center today.