We were all teenagers once. However not many of us had the benefits of chiropractic care at this tumultuous time. Our teenage years are a time of rapid growth and development, neurologically similar to when a 2 year-old’s brain goes through a massive upgrading process, helping your child to relate to the world more like an adult. Eventually.
The usual stresses and strains are still going on around them at this time: we call them the 3 T’s (Trauma, Thoughts and Toxins). During this phase of growth some issues may arise including spinal asymmetry, postural fatigue, growth related bone pain (so-called “growing pains”), anxiety, headaches, and learning challenges to name a few.
Chiropractic assessment and management during this important phase of development can be helpful to overcome these challenges. A questionnaire assessing lifestyle, diet, sleep patterns and stress levels is our starting point, to find out how your child is getting on. A teenager chiropractic examination follows which includes growth and neuro-developmental examination allows us to better understand how chiropractic may be able to help (sometimes alongside, but never as an alternative to, more conventional medical care). After this first visit a report will be formulated, including any care recommendations, with the intention of helping your child to reach their full potential.
At Cambridgeshire Family Chiropractic we see your child as an individual to assess which factors are involved in their particular health challenges. There are often a large number of factors as to why your teenage child may be appearing to struggle. It might be that their posture is not as good as it should be and therefore cannot maintain a sitting posture for long periods of time needed in the classroom, recurrent headaches or back pain could be resulting in a decrease in concentration. There are many possibilities. Chiropractic always aims to improve your nervous system function, helping your child to adapt better to their environment (both internally and externally).
Relieving any physical strains with gentle chiropractic treatment can be very helpful and relaxing. Find out more about our gentle technique, SOT, and cranial therapy.
Beware that aches and pains at any age may not simply be growing pains but a sign that something isn’t right and that the spine and nervous system may be involved. If you have any concerns concerning your child and chiropractic care please do not hesitate to contact us.