If your child's pediatrician has recommended that you take your child to the chiropractor for treatment, you might initially have a few reservations about your child receiving this type of care. Fortunately, you can breathe easy — many chiropractors are highly specialized in treating children, and it's highly likely that this healthcare practitioner will be able to help your child. Whether your child is dealing with back pain or something related to his or her nervous system, chiropractic services can often be the answer. Here are some reasons that you don't have to worry about this type of care for your child.
Adjustments For Children Are Gentle
If you have visions of the chiropractor cranking your child's body around, it's easy to be a little concerned. However, you need to know that chiropractors don't use the same degree of force on children as they do on adults. Adults' bodies are full of muscle, fat, and connective tissue that are tough and require some force when it's time for an adjustment. Children's bodies, however, are more soft and supple, which means that a chiropractor can commonly adjust your child's body in the desired manner without exerting very much pressure. In many cases, there won't even be a sound during the adjustment.
Your Child Won't Be Nervous
Some adults feel tentative about chiropractic adjustments, perhaps because they feel squeamish about hearing their body's joints pop as they're adjusted. For this reason, some adults go into the appointment already feeling anxious and stiff, which can make it harder for the chiropractor to do his or her job. A child doesn't have these preconceived notions, and as long as you can manage your own anxiety, the child should ideally be relaxed and happy at the chiropractor's office. The child's relaxed nature will make the adjustment easier and more effective.
Few Adjustments May Be Needed
Some adults have a tendency to put off seeking medical care until it's absolutely necessary. This means that if you've been to the chiropractor for a back problem, it may have taken several appointments to get full relief. This is because you allowed the problem to worsen. You likely take more of a proactive approach with your child. In other words, as soon as the child shows signs of needing care, you arrange care. In some cases, this early intervention can mean that the chiropractor can fix your child's issue in a small amount of adjustments.