The answer is YES! Most misalignments of the spine occur before the age of 10 and get progressively worse with time if left untreated. As you well know, falls and injuries are very common to children. Learning to walk or ride a bike, wrestling with other children, even being tossed up in the air by loving parents can all lead to misalignments of the bones in the spine. These misalignments are called subluxations. Subluxations of the spine result in nerve damage and loss of proper function and health. Chiropractors across the nation help thousands of children each day with safe, natural care.
With regular chiropractic check-ups, a child will be allowed the opportunity to correct misalignments of the spine (subluxations) in their early phases before permanent damage can occur. Children should have their spine checked immediately after birth and then at least 2-4 times a year until fully grown. (This number will vary from child to child). It is also important for a child’s spine to be chiropractically evaluated before participation in a new sport such as football, basketball, tennis, soccer, or gymnastics.
Children need chiropractic care for the same reason as adults — to restore proper alignment of the spine and allow proper functioning of the nervous system. In fact, children will benefit to a greater extent by chiropractors than adults. The reason for this is that subluxations are detected early before they progress into higher levels of damage. Chiropractic care at an early age can allow children to grow up with their bodies functioning at higher levels.
Shoe Test: Have your child bring you a pair of their shoes. Hard soled shoes will work best for this test. Examine the heels to see if one heel is worn out more than the other. If so, this can indicate pelvic imbalance do to a subluxation.
Leg Check Test: This test can be done easier with your child’s shoes on. Have your child lay on the floor on their back. Kneel down by your child’s feet and gently grasp the bottom of the shoes. Gently pull both legs a few inches towards you and bring your child’s feet together. Is one leg longer than the other? If so, this is an important clue to a larger problem.
Posture Test: This test should be performed with your child barefoot. Having his or her shirt off may help as well. Place your finger at the top of each hip. Is one higher than the other? Next, look at the shoulders. Is one shoulder higher than the other? They should not be. Next check to see if your child’s head tilts to one side of the other. Imbalances in any of these three areas are abnormal.
Scoliosis Test: Now step behind your child. Look at the muscles on your child’s back. Is one side more developed than the other? Next run your fingers down the bumps in your child’s spine. Does it curve to one side or the other? The spine should be relatively straight.