It may be difficult to imagine that a child would need chiropractic care. They rarely complain of chronic pain the way adults do, and their bodies appear to be made of rubber in the way they bounce back from an injury. The truth is, children's bodies are under a lot of stress while they are in state of development and keeping them healthy requires some maintenance. Throughout infancy they may sleep in awkward positions, and occasionally take a tumble. As children, they grow into toddlers who strain and twist and fall while learning to crawl and walk. Luckily, they are very resilient and can take a lot of impact, but it is not uncommon for these injuries to develop into patterns of movement that will pull a child's bones out of alignment over time. As kids, they may start to develop bad posture. Sitting in front of a computer or TV can have a serious impact on the spine. Playing contact sports, wearing heavy backpacks, even sitting in desks can all cause spine issues. As teenagers, they begin to deal with the stress of more daily responsibilities, such as becoming part of the work force and using their bodies to perform physical labor. A child's spine can become quite misaligned without any awareness on their part of pain or discomfort. Children have not always developed enough awareness of their bodies to identify a subtle chronic issue developing. Even when a child is experiencing pain, they may not be able to communicate it to you and it can come across as grumpiness, acting out or incessant crying. Issues with the spine can also be the source of many other childhood issues, such as colic, ear infections and ADHD.
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