Beyond Spinal Manipulation: How Chiropractic Care can Support a Child’s Wellness

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Although most people think of chiropractic care as spinal manipulation, there are other services that chiropractic care can offer to achieve wellness. In particular, chiropractors can monitor and enhance a child’s musculoskeletal health. Few traditional health providers are devoted to this aspect of a child’s wellness. However, chiropractors are trained to analyze and assess musculoskeletal wellness. Child can benefit from this knowledge.

Regular screenings and exams by chiropractors can help parents monitor a child’s development, well-being and motor skills. This is not a replacement for traditional medicine care, but it provides a different perspective on a child’s development. Chiropractors can also offer different solutions than traditional medical practitioners. One solution could be spinal manipulation. However, chiropractors can also recommend tests and vitamins if spinal manipulation does not seem like a good solution for the child. Careful monitoring allows parents to identify and treat musculoskeletal problems early in the child’s life.

Even if the child is not suffering from any issues, chiropractors can provide advice on how to enhance a child’s musculoskeletal wellness. They know the impacts of physical activity on a child’s wellness and can recommend activities for each child. Chiropractors can also recommend ways to prevent injuries for each specific child. A parent concerned about a too-heavy backpack can also determine if the backpack is too heavy after a consultation with a chiropractor. After a non-invasive measurement, chiropractors can identify if the child is suffering from misalignment due to a too heavy backpack. Chiropractors can recommend solutions to these issues, such as switching a child to a rolling-style backpack or reducing the number of books that he takes home after school.

To address issues like obesity or poor nutrition, chiropractors can counsel parents on the best practices. Working with parents, chiropractors can suggest a balanced diet for the child. A healthy diet is one aspect of musculoskeletal wellness. Chiropractors can also monitor overweight children for signs of musculoskeletal issues and make recommendations based on the analysis. The recommendations may be spinal manipulations or other adjustments in diet or posture. Early identification of these issues can prevent further complications as the child ages.

Parents can work with chiropractors to develop a plan for monitoring their child’s wellness. Chiropractors bring a wealth of knowledge to the table. Together, parents and chiropractors can address a child’s unique musculoskeletal issues.Chiropractors can also provide general advice on physical activity, injury prevention and nutrition. To see how working with a chiropractor could enhance your child’s wellness, call us at Atlanta Chiropractic and Wellness.

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