As a parent, everything you do is for your children. You try to give them a bright and better future by feeding them right, protecting them from harm, and giving them a good education. But how often do they have their spines, the foundation of their little bodies, checked by a professional? Dr. Grant Lisetor of Greater Life Chiropractic can aid in removing nerve interference in children and adults of all ages. Recent studies have shown how chiropractic can dramatically improve a child’s quality of life. In this study of 881 children (with an average age of 12 years), the vast majority showed a huge decrease in anxiety, depression, fatigue, and pain after beginning chiropractic care. Having relief at that age, which is a crucial point in development, can change children’s lives, both currently and in the future. The sooner that nerve interference is found and corrected, the better that child will be able to function and grow.

What Can Happen If Children Don’t Get Adjusted?

The Journal of Chiropractic Medicine published a study about children with “congenital torticollis.” That’s just a fancy way of saying that the child was unable to hold their head correctly because of tight neck muscles (this is most commonly due to abnormal positioning while in the uterus). Children who were under consistent chiropractic care were able to hold their heads correctly more quickly than those who were not getting adjusted regularly. If these children hadn’t gotten adjusted and had this issue fixed as babies, their bodies would have to adapt to a lifetime of tight neck muscles causing all sorts of complications, ranging from heartburn to constipation and possibly even more severe issues like chronic migraines or thyroid problems. Every organ that exists below the neck would have had a strong chance of being negatively affected by an unbalanced head, neck, and spine.

Get Up and Move 

Many conditions that children experience can lead to a higher risk of diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. These challenges can impact them the rest of their lives. In the fast food, sedentary lifestyle of the typical American, it is becoming all too common for children to not get proper exercise and to eat poorly, resulting in dysfunction in the body and a myriad of health problems. Children should be encouraged to eat well, stay active, and combat illnesses or other concerns at naturally as possible. Regular activity can vastly improve joint mobility throughout the body, especially in the spine. This will lead to better overall health and fewer diseases throughout their lifetime.

The Rest of Their Lives

The Australian National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey found that most children ages 4 to 8 meet the daily recommendation for fruit, but only 22% meet their intake of vegetables. It also revealed that only one-third of children participated in 60 minutes of exercise per day. For children aged 14 to 16, only 1% received their proper fruit intake, 5% consumed the proper amount of vegetables, and 1 out of every 10 complied with the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity. We need to encourage our children to live healthier lives and establish healthy habits. The healthier our children are now, the healthier they will be as adults. When they learn to live an active lifestyle not dependent on medication and reliant on a healthy diet, they will continue on with these healthy habits into adulthood.

 

Get in touch with Dr. Grant Lisetor and his team at Greater Life Chiropractic to learn about how chiropractic care in Charlotte can help improve your child’s life now and set them up for a longer, healthier life in the years to come.

 

 

Sources

Alcantara, Joel, et al. “The Quality of Life of Children Under Chiropractic Care Using PROMIS-25: Results from a Practice-Based Research Network.” The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol. 24, no. 4, 2018, pp. 378–384., https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/acm.2017.0141.

Mcwilliams, Jeanne E., and Carol D. Gloar. “Chiropractic Care of a Six-Year-Old Child with Congenital Torticollis.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, vol. 5, no. 2, 2006, pp. 65–68.  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0899346707601359?via=ihub.

Siegenthaler, Mette Hobaek. “Unresolved Congenital Torticollis and Its Consequences: A Report of 2 Cases.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, vol. 16, no. 3, 2017, pp. 257–261. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1556370716301274?via=ihub.