Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care: Why It’s Important for Kids
Contrary to popular belief, chiropractic care is valuable to people of all ages, from young children to elderly retirees. When it comes to kids, chiropractic check-ups are especially important to ensure early detection of any musculoskeletal imbalances and/or spinal misalignments. Left untreated, even minor spinal disorders can go on to become major health issues in adolescence and early adulthood.
How the Upper Cervical Spine Affects Kids
Just like in adults, spinal issues in children can be underpinned by a wide range of factors, from trauma-induced vertebral misalignments to inflammation around the central nervous system (CNS) and spinal cord. If these issues emerge at an early age, it can derail healthy nerve and brain development, disrupting the integrity and function of the upper cervical spine and interrupting key neural pathways around the CNS.
In addition to these developmental risks, there is also a growing body of evidence suggesting that relative to adults, kids are at higher risk of neck and lower back issues due to the heavy use of technology and computer-related activities by younger demographics.
With so many hours spent video chatting on Zoom, playing games on tablets, and texting on cell phones, kids are spending more time than ever hunched over devices. Over time, these unhealthy posture habits can produce a range of undesirable spinal disorders, including rounded shoulders, chronic back and neck pain, insomnia, concentration difficulties, and more frequent headaches.
How Our Upper Cervical Chiropractic Treatment for Kids Works
Our chiropractic treatment plan for kids involves a quick consultation and, if necessary, a series of gentle, painless, and non-invasive upper cervical adjustment procedures. We recognize that kids can be restless and irritable during a check-up — don’t worry, all our staff understand the value of patience and humor when working with kids.
The first step in our chiropractic treatment plan is identifying whether your child is actually suffering from a misalignment in the upper cervical spine. To detect a misalignment, our doctor, will perform a detailed examination using both physical assessments and advanced 3D imaging technologies. If a misalignment is identified, our doctor will be able to discern the precise angle and position of the affected vertebra using gentle X-rays and cone-beam computed tomography scans. Armed with this information, we will employ a tailored regime of painless chiropractic adjustments to re-align the upper cervical spine and hopefully eliminate any major sources of inflammation and/or discomfort around the CNS and spinal cord.
If you’re looking for a chiropractic check-up for your child, Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Las Vegas services patients in Las Vegas, Henderson, Clark County, and several neighboring states, including Utah, Arizona, and California.