Chiropractic treatment can be a fantastic standalone or complementary treatment for both existing injuries and as preventative care. Many people first see a chiropractor as a teen or young adult, but at Integrated Pain Consultants, on-site chiropractor Dr. Dean Weinberg stresses that a person of any age might benefit from seeing a chiropractor. After all, it’s better to ensure healthy children with holistic care rather than wait and try to “fix” damaged adults.
There’s no best age to see a chiropractor, and you certainly don’t have to wait until an injury is so severe that it’s impeding your life to seek out treatments. Chiropractors focus on proper spinal alignment, which extends from the neck all the way to the lower back. Our intricate spinal system is full of working parts and carries a heavy load throughout the day. From sports to poor posture (including the staple slouch adopted by so many kids), chiropractors are seeing more and more young people with back and neck problems. Why wait to address it?
Even though chiropractors focus on spinal alignment, alleviating injuries or traumas related to the spine often addresses parental concerns that might seem completely unrelated. Studies have shown that chiropractic care can help decrease and even eliminate symptoms related to bedwetting and other sleep problems, allergies, ear infections, and digestive issues.
Working with the spine ultimately means working with the nervous system, and patients of all ages from toddlers to elders often struggle with issues related to this area. When the spine isn’t well aligned, this can cause irritation in the nervous system regardless of a person’s age. This, in turn, leaves someone more vulnerable to a number of ailments and medical complaints.
Most adults can immediately cite the source of their aches and pains, which can lead them to a chiropractor. Children aren’t always able to do the same. When the nervous system isn’t functioning like it should, this can present in various ways. From neck pain to headaches to reflux and constipation, children can (and do!) suffer from a myriad of complaints that don’t necessarily send parents rushing to see a chiropractor—but maybe they should.
Unfortunately, it’s relatively easy for young children’s spines to become misaligned as they grow. Falls and tumbles, PE classes, learning to ride a bike, and even the trauma of birth can all create the possibility for future spinal issues. We often think of kids as very resilient, and in many ways they are. However, all of these little traumas can create a cumulative effect that results in a teen or adult with some serious pain.
You (and your children) don’t need to wait until there’s an issue to seek out alternative therapies including chiropractic treatment. In fact, routine adjustments can help to prevent chronic pain and future, long-term issues. Chiropractic care for younger patients is relatively gentle, and adults who receive chiropractic treatment in their older years are often surprised at just how soft the touch is! Every chiropractic adjustment is customized for the patient and considers their age, unique spinal alignment, and of course any current or suspected issues.
Remember that the nervous system is connected to muscles, organs, cells, and tissues. Our bodies are complex systems, and younger patients aren’t always forthcoming with injuries they’ve sustained or pain they’re experiencing. Scheduling an evaluation with a trusted chiropractor like Dr. Weinberg helps set the stage for a lifetime of comprehensive well-being and might help prevent future injuries already set into motion.
A lot of people see their dentist and primary physician regularly and only start to think about alternative therapies like chiropractic care when there’s an injury serious enough to disturb their daily life. This shouldn’t be the case because alternative therapies can prevent injuries and treat them before they interrupt your life. Think of chiropractic care as an addition to your already-established avenues for self-care.
The vast majority of adults will experience some form of back pain in their life, mostly in their lower back. By the time they see a professional, issues like degenerated discs have already occurred. There are options to lessen the pain, but once some injuries have occurred, they can’t ever be reversed. Young patients are at an age where they can stop these types of injuries from occurring or delay them for several years. No matter your age , or your child’s, find out how chiropractic treatment can be part of your healthy life by calling Integrated Pain Consultants at 480-626-2552.