Five Reasons Your Child Needs a Chiropractic Checkup

1.    Subluxation Stopper


Spinal problems can start earlier than you might think, much earlier. In fact, the birthing process itself has been shown to wreak havoc on a baby’s spine. And if you’ve ever watched a toddler struggling to master the art of walking, you know that learning to walk is marked by constant stumbles. Older children are also at risk of spinal trauma. Sports activities, poor posture, and working at an improperly sized desk all exact a tough toll.


It’s no wonder that many kids develop a spinal condition called vertebral subluxation. This condition occurs when spinal movement is restricted or bones (vertebrae) are out of alignment. Vertebral subluxation is linked with a myriad of childhood ailments, such as colic asthma, ear infections and a host of others. As children age, untreated vertebral subluxations may also spark headache, back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.


Dr. Greif works to correct vertebral subluxations before the onset of symptoms, and to prevent new subluxations from forming. This is accomplished with safe and effective maneuvers called chiropractic adjustments.


Doctors of chiropractic use extremely gentle, modified adjusting techniques to alleviate spinal problems in pediatric patients. Dr. Greif also focuses on creating a welcoming environment by addressing you patients concerns in language that they readily understand.


2.    Ergonomic Answers


Ergonomics is the study of work activities, equipment and posture to minimize the risk of occupational injuries and illness. Discussions about ergonomics are typically reserved for adult work environments, a practice that doctors of chiropractic are striving to change.


Chiropractors encourage children and their parents to re-evaluate their ergonomic circumstances. Slouching over a desk that is sized incorrectly, using a computer without considerations for postural integrity and schlepping a crammed backpack for hours each day are ergonomic nightmares that incite long-term damage in many children; predisposing them to vertebral subluxation, headache, back pain, and neck pain for years to come. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that nearly 5 thousand emergency room visits each year result from injuries related to book bags and back carriers.


Although many healthcare professionals ignore the implications of ergonomics in young people, chiropractors teach pediatric patients to detect ergonomic pitfalls and prevent the disorders associated with them.


3.    Sports Injury Solutions


Is your little on an aspiring ballerina, a little league star or a soccer buff? If you child’s an athlete, chiropractic care can help prevent potential sports related strains and sprains.


Doctors of chiropractic offer sound advice aimed at preventing common sports ailments. When injuries do occur, chiropractic care may hasten healing.


4.    Posture and Scoliosis Screening


Scoliosis, a lateral curvature of the spine, is clinically significant in about 5% of children. Early detection is key to keeping scoliosis under control. These screenings also help prevent the conditions associated with Scoliosis, such as back pain and headache; and in severe cases heart and lung disorders.


Most parents count on school screenings to catch scoliosis in their little ones. However, school screenings are not always adequate. Experts caution that school based screenings are often performed by non-specialists, are cursory and rely on tests that don’t effectively identify the disorder. What’s more, school based evaluations only look for scoliosis and do not detect other types of postural problems.


On the other hand, doctors of chiropractic are spinal specialists. Posture screenings conducted by chiropractors are extensive, including various orthopedic tests and assessments. The result is a comprehensive evaluation that provides a thorough assessment of a child’s current spinal health and risk of future postural disorders.


5.    Promote a Wellness Oriented Lifestyle


What kind of wellness role model are you? Teaching your child to turn to medication only when absolutely necessary will help him or her avoid potentially hazardous side effects and discover the body’s innate healing power.


By emphasizing prevention, rather than the indiscriminate use of over-the-counter medication, you can significantly affect your child’s concept of wellness – and their future health choices.


Chiropractic is an ideal introduction to the prevention-oriented approach to wellness. Schedule a chiropractic  checkup for your child today!


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