Our practice sees most of its patients as adults, young and old, for a number of health concerns and injuries. Most of our patients as they get under chiropractic care usually admit that they didn’t think about the importance of chiropractic care for their kids. This is unfortunate, because chiropractic care is very important for the segment of the population that is active, physical, growing and changing rapidly and in need of monitoring of their spines. Also, kids and teens are sitting during school hours, plus gaming and watching television when they get home. So, a combination of growing, active physical demands and postural concerns during the day create a situation of potential significant spinal stress and dysfunction.
Some of the complaints we here from kids and teens are back and neck pain from sitting at school, carrying heavy back packs to and from school. Poor chairs and desks can lead to slouching in their seats which can misalign the low back and neck. An important part of spinal development is the C-shaped forward curve in the neck. The term ‘head forward posture’ is when the curve in the neck is lost and the head drops forward. Again, causes of head forward posture can come from slouching in desks, carrying heavy back packs, and looking down at tablets and smart phones/devices, which has become more pronounced in the last several years. With the loss of curve in the neck there is an increase in muscle tension in the neck, which can cause neck pain and headaches. Loss of curve in the neck as a teenager, if left untreated is what brings young adults into the office later of complaints of chronic headaches and neck pains that they never knew what the cause was.
Remember, as important as chiropractic care is for adults, it is equally as important for our kids and teenagers. Proactive care during the growing years. Similarly to beginning a good regime of brushing, flossing and dental check-ups in our youth, is no different than get our spines checked periodically for misalignments, (subluxations) as well as promoting postural exercises as well as other preventative activities to help keep one’s spine healthy during the important growing years. I’ve heard so many times, “I wish I would have taken better care of myself when I was younger”; don’t let this be your kid’s future by not helping them to get the best care they can and help them to live the healthiest lives possible. As with a cavity prevention, it’s not necessary for pain to be present to decide if it’s time for a check-up; the same with our spines. Many young people will not complain about a spinal problem until it is already significant. Getting your spine checked at an early age can be routine and simple with maintaining proper spinal motion as well as identifying subtle problems or injuries early on before they become larger issues.
Make a call today to have your child or teenager’s spine checked for overall health and wellness and help keep them on track. (253)-867-2655