At What Age Can a Child Have Chiropractic Treatment?


We all want what is best for our children. In wanting the best, we find ourselves worrying and asking lots of questions. One question many parents have when it comes to chiropractic treatment is, “What age does my child have to be to see a chiropractor?”

Chiropractic treatments involve preventative methods to help with good health and growth of a child. Therefore, it is safe for infants, toddlers, children and teenagers to see a chiropractor. It is actually very safe for a child to see a chiropractor because the doctor will adjust his pressure and technique to ensure a safe treatment for each individual child.

A baby’s spine is very sensitive and supple in the first few weeks and months of its life. Their spine, shoulders and neck are impacted at birth when they are born and they can develop problems right from birth. Seeing a chiropractor with a pediatric background can help ensure the baby’s health early on its life. If they are diagnosed with a minor problem, such as a spine needing realignment, the doctor will apply very light pressure to fix the problem before it gets worse.  This early checkup can help prevent a problem from worsening.

Older children will be handled differently during chiropractic treatment. Their spines have developed much more and are made of mainly cartilage. It is safe for them to visit a chiropractor and the doctor will handle them with a bit more pressure than a younger child. They just need the pressure combined with a gentle push to put their vertebra to induce the appropriate amount of joint movement.

Overall, chiropractic treatment is an excellent drugless treatment option for children. You can give your child a jump-start in good health by taking them to a chiropractor early on in life. Due to the issues that can occur at birth, it is recommended to visit a chiropractor within the first year of a child’s life to ensure they are healthy. If you start early you can help in preventing a problem rather than reacting to something later on.

If you are interested in booking a chiropractic appointment for your child, contact Chiro-Med today.

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