It may not be easy to imagine that a child would need chiropractic care. They seldom complain of chronic pain the way adults do, and their bodies appear to be made of rubber in the way they bounce back from injury. The truth is, children’s bodies are under a lot of stress while they are in a state of development, and keeping them healthy requires maintenance.
Stress and trauma to the body and spine commonly begin with the birthing process. Infant’s spines can easily become misaligned from the intense pressure involved in both natural and Cesarean births. Unfortunately, other than crying, they have no way of communicating their pain, and it’s the source to us. Throughout infancy, they may sleep in awkward positions and occasionally take a tumble. As children, they grow into toddlers who strain and twist and fall while learning to crawl and walk. Luckily, they are very resilient and can take many impacts. Still, it is not uncommon for these injuries to develop into patterns of movement that will pull a child’s bones out of alignment over time.
As kids, they may start to develop bad posture. Sitting in front of a computer or TV can have serious repercussions on the spine. Playing contact sports, wearing heavy backpacks (most likely the wrong way), and even sitting at desks can cause issues. As teenagers, they begin to deal with the stress of more daily responsibilities, like becoming part of the workforce and use their bodies to perform physical labor such as painting houses, serving tables, and the like.
As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities throughout development for a child’s body, particularly their spine, to become out of alignment, affecting other aspects of their healthy nervous system function and development.
A child’s spine can become quite misaligned without any awareness on their part of pain or discomfort. Children have not always developed enough awareness of their bodies to identify a subtle chronic issue developing. Even when a child is experiencing pain, they may not be able to communicate it to you, and it can come across as grumpiness, acting out, or incessant crying. Issues with the spine can also be the source of many other childhood issues, such as colic, ear infections, and ADHD.