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Pediatric Posture: Guiding Healthy Spinal Development Through Chiropractic Interventions

Pediatric Posture: Guiding Healthy Spinal Development Through Chiropractic Interventions

It’s very common for children to suffer from postural problems these days. Most children don’t maintain proper sleeping, standing, or sitting posture. Because of this, a significant amount of pressure is placed on the spine and other parts of the body. Poor posture can result in a variety of misalignments in the spine and can also lead to damaged nerves. If a child with poor posture doesn’t receive chiropractic care, they are at risk of suffering from improper development of the spine. At Deep Roots Chiropractic Health Center our chiropractors can identify the underlying problem behind your child’s misalignment and improper body posture. They can perform a spinal adjustment to correct the misalignment and can suggest regular exercises to help strengthen a child's body to prevent misalignments in the future while encouraging optimal health. 

These days, posture is a major problem with children because of the long hours they spend on their computers, game consoles, and phones. Bad posture can cause ongoing pain, poor sleep, poor concentration, and can hinder a child’s growth and development.

At Deep Roots Chiropractic Health Center, our chiropractors can provide pediatric care to correct and improve your child’s posture with gentle adjustments, posture exercises, and stretches that are designed to support proper posture and strengthen muscle groups.

Pediatric Chiropractic Explained

Many adults visit chiropractors to improve their general health and address pain issues, but chiropractic treatment can help children as well.

Children of all ages can benefit from regular adjustments. A pediatric chiropractor undergoes special training to ensure they provide the appropriate treatment based on the age of a child. Pediatric chiropractic treatment involves gentle manipulation of the body and spine to correct misalignments, while reducing pressure across the musculoskeletal system, ensuring a strong foundation that allows a child’s growing and developing body to function optimally, inside and out.

Identifying Whether Your Child May Benefit from Chiropractic Care 

Introducing your child to chiropractic treatment at a young age can set them up for optimal health and can identify and correct any small problems in your child’s spine and posture before they turn into major ones. This holistic treatment can also identify bad posture habits and can improve nervous system function. 

If you’re concerned that your child may have bad posture, the standing wall test can help you determine whether or not your child should see a chiropractor.

To do the standing wall test, have your child stand with their shoulder blades, head, and buttocks touching the wall. Their heels should be two to four inches away from the wall. There should be approximately one hand’s thickness of space between the wall and your child’s back. If the space is more than two inches, your child may suffer from poor posture.

When checking from the front, look for knees or feet that are rotated, one shoulder sitting higher than the other, the head tilting to one side, and the body slanting to one side.

When looking at your child from the side, look for shoulders that are rounded forward, ears that aren’t aligned above the shoulders, and an excessive low back curve.

If your child displays any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with a pediatric chiropractor as soon as possible.

How a Chiropractor Can Aid Pediatric Spinal Development 

The chiropractors at Deep Roots Chiropractic Health Center are specially trained to assess and correct abnormal spinal development that could impede a child’s growth or lead to nervous system interference and major health challenges. They provide safe, gentle, and effective treatment for these dysfunctions, promoting proper alignment and improved overall wellness early on in a child’s life.

Chiropractic treatment can play an important role in supporting immune system function and your child’s growth and development, ensuring the spine is aligned, and promoting optimal nervous system function. The nervous system is what coordinates and controls every function in the body. An optimally functioning nervous system is crucial for proper growth and development. Treatment can also help improve a child’s coordination, balance, and posture.

Common Pediatric Chiropractic Techniques

At Deep Roots Chiropractic Health Center, our pediatric chiropractors will identify spinal misalignments and other issues that could affect healthy growth and development. With an instrument-assisted adjustment, a chiropractor will use light pressure to correct a misalignment. During a typical pediatric chiropractic adjustment, a chiropractor will use an activator instrument, applying the device to the tissues near or at the affected joint. Gentle pressure is used, followed by a quick thrust from the device, which feels similar to having reflexes tested by tapping the knee. This form of care is safe, gentle, and effective.

Chiropractic Care for Different Stages of Childhood and Adolescence

Chiropractic healthcare treatment is helpful for children of all ages to promote a healthy spine and prevent issues and injuries in the future. A child is uniquely equipped for chiropractic care because their joints and bones are still developing and moving. Because of the adaptability and flexibility of a child’s body, chiropractic visits can be especially effective and beneficial at a young age, having a positive impact on a child's growth and development. 

If scoliosis is detected at an early age, treating it early can help stave off the long-term effects, returning the spine to optimal alignment.

In adolescence, the joints and bones are malleable and flexible and can easily respond to spinal alignment treatment and regular chiropractic visits. During this time in a child’s life, accidents and injuries can occur during sports or play.

Chiropractic care for infants, toddlers, and younger children takes a holistic approach to health and wellness and can be an effective way to help avoid the long-term effects of injuries, ensuring the body continues to develop and grow on the healthiest possible foundation. Treatment early on can also help prevent degeneration, misalignments, and future injuries.

Contact Deep Roots to Schedule an Appointment Today

At Deep Roots Chiropractic Health Center, our pediatric chiropractors can provide treatment that promotes optimal health and helps ensure your child grows and develops properly by identifying misalignments early on in life. We provide personalized treatment plans for children of all ages. At Deep Roots Chiropractic Health Center, we’re dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of children through experienced, gentle, and effective pediatric chiropractic care. If you’d like to learn more about how chiropractic treatment can benefit your child, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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