Three Reasons To Take Your Child To A Pediatric Chiropractor Instead Of A General Chiropractor

Chiropractors receive a lot of training on the spinal column, what it protects, and how it degenerates as people age. Their chiropractic adjustments have helped many people regain and/or retain mobility. Chiropractic care is also good for children, for many reasons. If you are considering chiropractic care for your children but cannot decide if you should take them to a general chiropractor or a pediatric chiropractor, here are three reasons to choose a pediatric chiropractor, like the ones found at Wave Of Life Chiropractic, over a general chiropractor.

1. A Pediatric Chiropractor Knows More About Child Development

Pediatric chiropractors, who chose this specialization in their field, know more about child development and how the musculoskeletal structure of children develops. Where the education of a general chiropractor touches on the development of the spine in utero and later in adolescence and adulthood, a pediatric chiropractor takes extra courses on spinal care and adjustments in children and pediatric muscle development. Ergo, your pediatric chiropractor knows best how to make the right adjustments at the right time for your children.

2. A Pediatric Chiropractor Has Learned to Use a Gentler Touch

If you have ever had chiropractic care, then you know that there is a lot of hard pressure involved. However, you would not want the same kinds of pressure applied to children, since their muscles, bones and connecting tissues are still pliable, flexible, and stretchy. Too much pressure, such as the amount that is safe for adults, may actually cause more harm than good (even though a general chiropractor would never intentionally do this, it is a possibility). A pediatric chiropractor, on the other hand, has learned a gentler touch and techniques that work best on infants and children so that they get the benefits of chiropractic care and none of the potential for accidental harm.

3. A Pediatric Chiropractor Can Formulate Treatment Plans That Are Flexible

Since children go through frequent growth spurts, a spinal adjustment that works for them one month may not work for them the next because they have grown so rapidly. Then the pediatric chiropractor can take new x-rays to see if the treatment plan itself needs an adjustment. Some kinks and problems with a child's posture or back may have worked themselves out with a new growth spurt, in which case your child may not need treatments as often or not need treatments again until his or her teen years. The reverse is also true-your child may need more frequent treatments if the growth spurt has caused new problems or worsened old ones, and the treatment plan can be adjusted to reflect this.