There are no age restrictions to children for receiving chiropractic treatment. By resolving movement disorders in the spine at an early stage problems at older age can be prevented. Especially growing up children need a healthy spine and as little physical restrictions as possible in order to allow adequate development.
Cause of complaints
Complaints in children usually arise from a fall incident while learning to walk, playing, sporting or for example a wrong seating position at school. These issues can lead to muscle stiffness in the back which impairs or even block the movement of one or more facet joints between the vertebrae. Eventually this can result in impairment of the nerve function from that part of the spine.
Other causes reside in congenital disorders such as scoliosis. Early treatment of scoliosis can prevent the development of problems at a higher age.
Type of complaints
Apart from complaints in the spine, movement disorders in the spine can cause problems in other parts of the body. Common complaints seen in children who benefit from chiropractic care are:
- Backache and neck pain
- Abdominal pain
- Clumsiness and frequent falling (lack of coordination)
As with babies there are special soft treatment techniques for children.