Monday, July 12, 2010

Kids and Chiropractic

Having our most recent Kids Day at the clinic on Saturday got me thinking about why kids especially need chiropractic.

I know that as a kid, I was all over the place running around, falling, and getting bumps and bruises.  (In fact, it's been said that you fall more times in the first 4 years of your life than you do the rest of your life!)  Yeah, it may have hurt a little bit for a short time as a kid and maybe gave some outward appearance of minor bodily damage.  But that doesn't tell the whole story.  Anytime someone falls, bumps into something, gets hit, or anything like that, there's the potential for minor damage to the spine.  And over time, that minor spinal damage can add up and lead to things like chronic low back pain, headaches, weakness, asthma, indigestion, and a whole lot of other problems in the future.

The falls and bumps and bruises aren't usually even the most traumatic thing to happen to a kid.  Actually, one of the most traumatic events that anyone could go through in their entire life is the birthing process, especially if it was a non-natural process or if the doctors needed to yank and pull on you on the way out.  Think about it.  How often do you have someone pulling and twisting on your head with multiple pounds of force?  Not very often.  But most people had this done to them when they weren't even 1 minute old!  Now I don't know about you, but based on that, I think that a good deal of damage can be done to an infant's spine in the birthing process.

Those are some of the main reasons why we have a Kids Day.  It's important to get those stresses out of the spine especially during the growing periods.  That way, we can help prevent some more serious issues down the road and hopefully add some quality to those little lives. 

My wife and I just recently had our first child, and one of the first things I did was check his spine because I know how important it is for a child's development to have everything in working order.

So if you thought chiropractic was only for treatment following a car accident or to get rid of that chronic low back pain or crick in the neck, hopefully this was able to show why all people should at least get their spines checked, especially kids.

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