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Family Chiropractic - Chiropractic Care for all ages


For babies see “Pregnancy and Babies” section

Children

Chiropractic care of children is gentle and effective techniques which are successfully utilised throughout the world. Children's health can be influenced by a number of factors that chiropractic care can help.

Physical injuries are common in childhood, if not properly healed, these injuries can lead to structural imbalances, whereby some muscles become tight while others become weak. Some injuries can cause joint dysfunction, which can affect spinal biomechanics and other bodily functions. Chiropractic can often help a variety of childhood conditions such as:

Posture-related disorders

Correcting poor posture and promoting good spinal health in children is of utmost importance to chiropractors. Our chiropractors routinely check for the development of scoliosis; should it be discovered, a plan of management including spinal adjustments and exercises will be discussed.

Teenagers

As with children, the examination and treatment of teenagers is of critical importance to chiropractors. During puberty, numerous changes taking place in a teen's body can place significant demands on muscles, joints and bones. During this period, bones tend to grow fast while muscles grow slowly by comparison. These changes can cause muscle imbalances and spinal dysfunction.

The transition from teen to adult also brings significant changes to actual bone structure and composition. Before the teen years, many bones in the body are soft and flexible. This is because much of the bone is actually made of cartilage. As a teenager, the cartilage hardens into true bone.

During this period, the bones and associated ligaments are more vulnerable to fractures, strains and sprains. Therefore, the detection of spinal dysfunction and associated muscle imbalances can be helpful in the prevention, restoration and maintenance of health.

Adults

Adults are by far the most frequent consumers of chiropractic health care. This is not surprising. For many, fast-paced lifestyles have led to an alarming increase in stress and stress-related disorders. Muscle, nerve and joint dysfunction are common manifestations that often produce lower back, neck and headache symptoms.

In addition to stress, lack of physical exercise leaves many adults vulnerable to injuries. Injuries are often caused by repetitive movements, either in the workplace or at home. Other injuries can be caused by falls, motor vehicle accidents or work place accidents. In either case, without regular exercise, adult bodies will be less forgiving, yielding to injuries much more easily than children's. Regardless of the injury, joint wear and tear and muscle imbalances can occur leading to spinal dysfunction.

Lack of exercise also leads to changes in posture. The extent of these changes depends largely on what people do for a living. All activities, though, can lead to imbalances in the neck, back and upper torso that weaken some muscles and tighten others. These imbalances will cause the head to point forward, the upper back to slump and the shoulders to tip lazily forward. Over time, joints are stressed, muscles become tighter and serious symptoms develop.

Elders

Chiropractic care is extremely important for elders because of the structural and chemical changes that occur throughout the body with increasing age. As we age, spinal discs, joints, ligaments, muscles and other tissues can become weaker, stiffer, less hydrated, more fibrous, and less able to adapt normal stresses. As a result, pain from joint degeneration (arthritis) becomes more frequent as tissue injuries from relatively benign events occur and healing time increases.