The first is by looking at the history of your child’s condition and symptoms. If there has been a long-standing problem, this will likely have impacted your child’s health and well-being. It is also possible that your child may have experienced trauma or injury that could contribute to their current state of discomfort. If you notice any changes in your child’s behavior or appearance, potential indicators that they may need chiropractic care should also be considered.
The second way to identify if your child needs chiropractic treatment is by observing them during physical activities such as sports and exercise. Children who participate in regular sporting activities often report pain and discomfort when playing sports. The movement patterns associated with certain sports require the body to move in different directions than those used for daily living. When children play sport, they overuse one particular joint, causing the muscles around that joint to become tight. These muscle groups are not designed to function and cause pain and stiffness.
The third way to determine if your child needs chiropractor care is by observing their posture. Children who spend time sitting in front of a computer screen or watching television develop poor posture. Poor posture can lead to back problems, neck pains, and headaches. A child who spends most of their day sitting in front of a screen tends to adopt a hunched position and slouching posture. This causes the spine to curve forward and downward, placing pressure on the lower back and neck.
What is Pediatric Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractors help relieve pain and promote proper spinal alignment. Kids are resilient and take falls well. Their bodies are strong enough to withstand most accidents.
Pediatric chiropractic treatment aims to restore normal function to your child’s spine. To do so, the chiropractor performs spinal adjustments. They may use hands-on techniques such as massage, traction, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, or heat therapy.
The benefits of chiropractic care include improved mobility, reduced discomfort, better posture, and fewer recurrences of conditions like asthma and ear infections. Your child will feel better without taking medication.
If you want to learn more about pediatric chiropractic care can benefit your child, call the Tampa office today at (813) 442-8778.