Whether they are in the classroom, at the playground, or on a play date, kids are constantly exposed to germs. As a result, the sniffles can spread through a school or soccer team before parents have time to stock up on extra tissues. For kids, getting sick means being stuck in the house, away from school, friends, and activities — always a bummer. And for busy, working parents, having to take time off to take care of a sick child can be a major challenge, especially if the child is particularly prone to catching whatever is going around.
One way for parents to help their children avoid getting sick is to take them in for regular chiropractic adjustments. While many people only think about going to the chiropractor when they have muscular or skeletal injuries, scientific studies suggest that chiropractic care can actually boost the immune system. More scientists than ever are acknowledging the connections between the neuromuscular and immune systems. For instance, in 2010, researchers at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College found that antibody production was associated with spinal manipulative treatment. Another group found that chiropractic adjustment led to an increase in the production of polymorphonuclear neutrophils.
In addition to providing spinal manipulations, chiropractors can also be a great resource for parents when it comes to general lifestyle advice to keep kids from constantly getting sick, because exposure to germs is not the only reason that children get sick. For example, chiropractors can help parents find ways to include immune-boosting vitamins, minerals and supplements into their child’s diet, even for picky eaters. They may also recommend multivitamins or particular supplements that are ideal for a child’s particular condition.
Aside from the direct ways that chiropractic care can keep kids from catching a cold, there are also indirect ways that it can help as a preventive treatment. Perhaps most importantly, a chiropractic adjustment can support proper growth and development, and it can help keep kids’ bones and muscles strong and healthy. Regular exercise also boosts immune health, whether it means playing on a sports team or running around in the backyard, so that’s another way that chiropractic care can help ward off unwanted illness.
Overall, chiropractic care is a great way to help keep your whole family healthy, even when other kids are coming down with bugs and viruses. Atlanta Chiropractic and Wellness offers family-friendly, high-quality pediatric care for kids of all ages, from infants to adolescents. Get in touch with us today to set up an appointment.