Do you get your kids adjusted?
I remember the very first time I told a well meaning adult in our lives we were having Mimi-Cakes adjusted as a baby. They scoffed and jokingly asked “Why?! Does she have back problems?!”
No, she most definitely does not, but that’s the whole point: with preventive chiropractic care, she’s not going to!
Childhood is rough, folks! Kids take a lot of tumbles which leads to ample opportunities for their spine to get out of alignment. When we’re misaligned, our spinal function is off (that’s your nerves and all that jazz, folks!) and weird ailments can pop up.
Think about it like tying a rubber band around your finger. At first it’s not going to bug you, but if you leave it on there for a few days, the circulation is going to get cut off, it’s going to start hurting, and could ultimately lead to more serious conditions, right? The same thing can happen with your spine, if you tweak one of those vertebrae, it can cut off blood flow or circulation, pinch your nerves and cause pain in other regions of your body, even lead to immune system disfunction.
I’ll leave the technical stuff to the professionals, but here’s the point: you are giving your kids a leg up by having them regularly examined by a chiropractor.
Remember how I said my daughter won’t have back problems? Here’s why…
Ready for some crazy information that goes above my pay grade really quickly? This is something I did not know until recently, but until puberty, the discs in our spine have a healthy and constant blood supply. During childhood, the discs are more easily nourished and repaired than during any other time in life. Putting this really simply, the bounce back potential is HUGE in childhood. But then once kids hit puberty, that blood supply cuts off, and wanna know something SUPER crazy? NO ONE KNOWS WHY! It’s just the way it is.
So, if you correct vertebral misalignment and keep a constant and healthy blood supply to those discs throughout childhood, you’re headed into the later years of life with healthy discs, a healthy spine, and a solid foundation for preventing some of the chronic pain we start to notice as we age.
My job in motherhood is to make sure my children have as few painful experiences as possible. And you better bet your bottom dollar that if there’s something I can be doing on a regular basis to improve their chances at NOT dealing with some of the chronic pain and discomfort I’ve dealt with in life, I’m a gonna be doing that on the regular!
Who was the first call after we got Mimi-Cakes’ chin stitched up from her bike crash in July? Our chiropractor. They got us in right away, noticed a dramatic change in her spinal curvature—and knew it because he’s had his hands on her since she was born—did an upper cervical X-ray to confirm, and sure enough, discovered that the natural curvature of her neck was almost completely gone. Now, if you’re a chiropractor, you’ll better understand what that means, but in layman’s terms, we’ve been working to correct that misalignment so that homegirl doesn’t develop other problems.
So How Often Should You Have Your Kids Adjusted?
We take our girls in once a month. Like I said before, childhood is like the school of hard-knocks. If your kids aren’t tripping, falling, bumping, skidding, crashing, what are you doing that I’m not? Is it that your kid is living inside of a bubble? By checking in monthly we ensure we’re keeping the “lights turned on” throughout their entire body.
You certainly don’t have to take your kids that often. But I would encourage you to do a quarterly or bi-annual check up, at the very least, to stay on top of potential issues.
If your child has a traumatic fall, or crash, requiring an ER visit, I would absolutely also take them in to see a chiropractor.
If they’re sick, or keep getting sick over and over again, I would absolutely take them in to see a chiropractor. I can spend a whole other blog post going into how chiropractic can help with things like ear infections. But for now, take my word for it.
Okay, But How Much is it Going to Cost Me?
Most chiropractors charge around $25 for a children’s adjustment. And unless they’re coming in with some major issues, X-rays and additional expenses commonly associated with chiropractic care do not apply. Sa-weeeet! Even better, some insurance companies will cover chiropractic expenses. Woo hoo! Really, you don’t have much to lose.
I’m Convinced, How Do I Find Someone Great?
If you’re not living in Northern Colorado, I’m less help, but a great starting point is visiting the The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) website by using this link and searching for pediatric chiropractors in your area. Also, look around Facebook for “crunchy moms” or “holistic moms” groups in your area. You’re guaranteed to get a great suggestion from someone in there!
If You Live in Northern Colorado, Here are a Few of My Favorites:
- Dr. Ryan Harward or Dr. Scott Smith over at Smith Chiropractic in Greeley
- Dr. Alexia Inhulsen of Peake Wellness Center in Greeley
- Dr. Patricia Sorbo of Weld Family Clinic of Chiropractic in Greeley
- Dr. Wes Heilscher of NorCo Chiropractic in Windsor
- Dr. Tiffany Wall of New Beginnings Chiropractic in Windsor
Give one of them a call, and schedule a free consultation to talk things over. They can answer your questions, get a whole lot more technical than I can, and help get your munchkins on the road toward even greater health and wellness.
So now, I wanna know, do you have your kids adjusted? Have you only ever associated chiropractic care with “old people”? Let me know in the comments! And if you found this helpful, please share it with a pal.
Cheers to health and wellness, my friends!