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Chiropractic for Kids: What Are The Benefits?

Chiropractic Care is Essential for Kids

Chiropractic care is an essential part of your child’s overall wellness. According to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, more than 17% of all chiropractic patients within the United States are under the age of 18, and nearly 8 percent are five years or younger. While it may seem counterintuitive to send your kids to a chiropractor, starting them at an early age with preventative care will not only set them up for a lifetime of health and well being, but it effectively promotes better brain growth, development, and function.

How Chiropractic Care Benefits the Nervous System

The nervous system is a complex, sophisticated control center that regulates and coordinates all of the body’s activities and reactions to stimuli within an environment. It consists of your brain, spinal cord and nerves, which are protected by your spine. When your spine is misaligned, important signals from your brain to your body are compromised. This creates stress on the entire nervous system and can lead to more serious problems, like a weak immune system, troubled sleep patterns, ADHD (or other behavioral problems), digestive issues, asthma and/or food allergies.

Spinal misalignments can happen at any age. For infants and children, some causes include development stress or strain, a traumatic birth, and/or physical traumas. Bumps, bruises, falls and spills, which most people believe kids are resilient to, can actually accumulate over time as “microtraumas,” resulting in chronic pain, discomfort and/or health issues that may pop up in adolescence. 

Preventative chiropractic care addresses these microtraumas before they develop into something serious, and it helps optimize the primary stages of neurological growth and development. During the first five years of life, the body produces more neural pathways than at any other time, so being proactive with chiropractic care early in life is vital for long-term health. 

How Chiropractors Help Kids Grow To Be Healthy and Strong

Chiropractic adjustments are safe for patients of all ages, including newborns. After an assessment of your child’s medical history and a physical examination, a chiropractor will help identify any spinal problems or other underlying health issues. During treatment they will perform a gentle adjustment using either a small, specialized tool or fingertip pressure for sensitivity. These adjustments, along with active therapies, are designed to treat abnormalities so optimal growth and development are possible. 

What are the Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Children?

Over the years, chiropractors have received positive feedback about the benefits of chiropractic care for kids from parents and their young patients. The ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) has reported significant or unexpected improvements in the following:


  • Sleep
  • Immune system function
  • Behavior and attitude
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Digestive problems
  • Allergies/Asthma
  • Ear infections
  • Bed-wetting
  • Seizures
  • Colic
  • Torticollis
  • Physical mobility 

Since chiropractic adjustments focus primarily on aligning the spine to improve nervous system function, benefits range from behavioral improvements to increased physical performance and function. Invest in your child’s health by working with a chiropractor early in their life. For more specific information on newborns please refer to Newborns and Chiropractic Care.

Trusted Chiropractic Care for Your Entire Family

With clinics in the following metro areas: Chicago, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Madison, Vancouver, and St. Louis you’ll be able to find a chiropractor near you to schedule an appointment for your newborn or child. Make an appointment today to get started on the path to health & wellbeing that will last a lifetime.

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For More Information on Chiropractic for Kids…

Why Should Children Have Chiropractic Care? International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, accessed April 2017

Safety and Effectiveness of Pediatric Chiropractic, American Chiropractic Association, April 2016

Chiropractic Care for Children [ABSTRACT], Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Journal, April 2000

The safety and effectiveness of pediatric chiropractic [ABSTRACT], Explore (NY), Sep-Oct 2009

Efficacy of chiropractic manual therapy on infant colic [ABSTRACT], Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Oct 2012