“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree”
So what is Chiropractic care for children all about?
It may surprise some people to know that at Grove Chiropractic, we care for a large number of children, of all age groups.
From babies to primary-school aged kids, teenagers and young adults, Chiropractic care can play in role in each of these age groups being as healthy as they possibly can.
So why would a child need a Chiropractor?
What do children typically see a Chiropractor for?
Many parents choose to seek out Chiropractic care for the assessment of their child’s musculoskeletal system and any spine-related concerns.
In younger children, this could be for a check-up after a physical stress or injury.
If you’ve had a toddler that is anything like my 2-year-old, you’ll know that their days are filled with spills, tumbles, grazed knees and many falls off bikes and scooters.
For older children and adolescents, they might be seeking care for spinal conditions like back pain, neck pain and headaches. These conditions are much more common due to the increased amount of screen-time and device use in these age groups nowadays. 
Research suggests that around 40% of adolescents experience back pain on a weekly basis. 
I know many parents who have concerns about the impact of their child’s device use. Not only on their posture and physical health, but also the impact on their mental and emotional health. Studies have shown clear links between postural health and emotional health
Also, postural concerns like Scoliosis and Kyphosis may require regular monitoring due to their ability to progress quickly during these adolescent years. Especially as research suggests that these conditions can lead to more health concerns into adulthood. Children who experience back pain become adults who experience back pain.
How do Chiropractors assess and care for children?
Like all clients, we start by taking a detailed health history and performing an age-appropriate assessment to determine if we can help.
A question some parents have, is “will my child be treated the same way a Chiropractor cares for an adult spine?”
And the answer to this question, is ‘no’.
We always modify our treatment and care to suit the age and development of the child.
This means that lower-force techniques are used either exclusively, or in the majority of cases, rather than the hands-on “cracking” that people sometimes associate Chiropractic care with.
Chiropractic care is well established as a safe, non-invasive and medication-free approach to a child’s wellbeing.
It is also a common choice of healthcare for Australian children, with more than 30,000 children visiting their Chiropractor, every single week.
So, if you’re concerned about any aspects of your child’s spinal health like their posture, their balance and co-ordination, or the impacts of the thousands of falls they’ve likely had in their lifetime, keep in mind:
“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The next best time is now”
Feel free to schedule a check-up for your child here, we’d be glad to help.