Yes, you can take your child to a chiropractor. My name is Anna, and I work for a chiropractic medical office. Some people believe that children are not good candidates for chiropractic services because they are still growing. This is simply not true. Kids' bodies experience the same kinds of stress and pressure as adults' bodies do, and they can also benefit from the attention a chiropractor can give. This is especially true for children who participate in sports and other physically demanding activities. This blog will help you understand what a chiropractor can do for your child and why you should make an appointment to see one.
Chiropractic care is becoming more common in North America. More people are realizing and experiencing the benefits of having their spines adjusted. But still, there are some myths about chiropractic care that are perpetuated again and again. It's time to clear those myths up, once and for all.
Myth: Chiropractors are quacks.
Sometimes chiropractors get unfairly lumped into the category of quacks and scammers. But in reality, chiropractors are well-trained, professional doctors. They attend four years of chiropractic school, which is similar in rigor to medical school, and they have to pass various board exams and licensing exams in order to practice. The profession is well-regulated and legitimate.
Myth: Chiropractic care can break your spine.
Your chiropractor will not break your spine. They do not use nearly enough force to do so. On the contrary, chiropractic care is very, very safe. Most patients have no side effects at all, and patients who do have side effects only suffer from mild stiffness and soreness for a day or two. You're more likely to experience side effects from surgery or prescription medications than from a chiropractic adjustment.
Myth: Chiropractic care is just for back pain.
If someone suggests you see a chiropractor, you may resist and insist that your back doesn't hurt. Chiropractors are good at dealing with back pain, but that is not the only reason to see one. They are also great at treating all sorts of other musculoskeletal problems, neck pain, headaches, and even insomnia. Seeing a chiropractor is a good step for your overall health, too, even if you don't have any specific injuries or ailments. It will help you sleep, keep you limber, and keep your immunity up.
Myth: Chiropractic care hurts.
Are you imagining yourself writhing in pain as your chiropractor adjusts your spine? Well, the good news is that this is not at all what happens. Chiropractic adjustments may cause some mild soreness or discomfort if your back is badly misaligned and very tight. However, most patients feel a sense of relief and release as they are adjusted—not serious pain. You'll hear popping as your chiropractor adjusts you, but this is just fluid being displaced in your joints. It does not hurt and does not mean anything is wrong.
Now that those myths have been cleared up, go ahead and make yourself a chiropractic appointment. You deserve the relief it will bring now and in the future.