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How early can children be adjusted?  Why do they need adjustments?  Aren't their bones still soft?  What if they cry?KKCHLD40.gif (43887 bytes)

All these questions and more go through the minds of parents who are contemplating chiropractic care for their children.  Subluxations can occur at any time.  The first one may have occurred during the baby's birth.  By correcting subluxations at an early age, before the body has begun to function with impaired capability, damaging effects can be prevented.   The longer a subluxation is present, the greater the effects of the interference to the nerve system. 

In addition, the longer the subluxation is present, the more chronic it becomes, that is, the more the vertebra becomes accustomed to being in the wrong position.  Many people who have come into a chiropractor's office for the first time as adults would have had far greater potential for regaining their health had they received regular chiropractic care as a child.

Adjusting a child is not a difficult procedure.  In fact, under most circumstances, a child's spine is much easier to adjust than an adult's.   They have not had long-standing subluxations, their muscles are usually not as tense and they are generally more relaxed than adults.  Not only are children easier to adjust, but under most circumstances they hold their adjustments for longer periods of time and do not need to be adjusted as often as the average adult.  However, with the falls, accidents, and the generally active lives that most children experience, regular checkups are important.

Most importantly, parents must not think that chiropractic adjustments for the children are something that they might as well do since the children have come along to the office with them.  Chiropractic care for children is vital to their health and is an absolute necessity to their development and future potential in every area of life.

excerpt from Chiropractic for Children, Foundation for the Advancement of Chiropractic Education, Levittown, PA