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7 Reasons I Take My Kids To the Chiropractor

I first visited a chiropractor in high school after a minor car accident. I think my mom made the appointment as a precaution. I had the routine x-rays, a few adjustments and a handful of massages over the course of a month or two. I had no residual pain, and so, in my mind, my chiropractic care ended until another unfortunate event.

Fast forward to my first pregnancy and I returned to a chiropractor seeking care. This time I arrived on the recommendation of my midwife since I was having quite a bit of lower back pain. Sitting at a desk all day, wearing heels and carrying a big baby was definitely wearing on my body. I had regular visits throughout my second and third trimester and relished each one. I didn't quite understand it, but a visit to the chiropractor made me feel better and walk taller. And that kept me going back.

As my due date approached, my chiropractor began sharing about the benefits of infant chiropractic care. In fact, he offered to adjust my baby hours or days after her birth. What?!

He went on to explain how traumatic birth is to a baby's spine—turning and rotating through a tight space and then adjusting to life outside of the womb. When the spine is out of line, nerves are effected, and often, things just don't work right. Babies can have trouble sleeping, they might struggle turning one way or another to nurse, they can develop ear infections from improper alignment and constipation can cause an uproar.

After what seemed like many miracle adjustments with my young daughter, our family morphed into true believers. We learned that chiropractic care is more about preventative wellness than about sick care and visiting the chiropractor became part of our family's monthly routine.

These days I feel like I'm constantly recommending chiropractic care to my friends. It has done so much for our family when it comes to staying healthy and I can't help but share the love. Today, I want to focus on why I specifically take my kids to the chiropractor. It's a little unconventional, but I promise, chiropractic care for your little ones can be life-changing.

The more positive experiences your children can have with a doctor, the better.

Doctors of chiropractic don't give shots and you rarely see them when you're sick. Visits are full of laughs, fun and education. It's a great way for children to learn that a doctor's main focus is helping us to stay healthy and feeling good.