Did you know that an article of National Geographic focuses on the probability that some of today’s children will live to be 120 years old? According to a British Medical Journal, 50 percent of the babies born since the year 2000 are expected to live over the age of 100. Additional research is concerned that our current generation of children may be the first in recent history to see their life expectancy go down. So it makes sense to think about seeking professional chiropractic care for your children.
How can this be? Doesn’t it seem like a contradiction to see so many children living longer while their overall life expectancy goes down? The answer is sad yet simple in that the other 50 percent of children are expected to die younger and sicker than ever, not because of their genetics, but because of unhealthy lifestyle choices.
Think about the impact of a “drug first” philosophy. When your baby gets sick for the first time, you have a choice. If you do not have confidence in your child’s natural immune system, you might immediately panic and give your child a drug. In their toddler years when they get a cold or infection you may give them a drug right away so they won’t “suffer”. Each time they say they do not feel good, rather than rely on their body’s innate wisdom, do you call in a prescription or go to the store and get them an over-the-counter drug?
When your child is old enough to go to school, the teacher might inform you that they are struggling to concentrate or sit still. The child might be labeled and immediately given a drug.
What is the message that is constantly sent to a child under these “drug first” conditions? If a child is taught that they should take a drug every time they do not feel good, this drug-first behavior becomes conditioned. Is it any wonder that when this child has a minor ailment, does not make the team, or has a social conflict that they turn to drugs to “feel better?”
To ensure that your child has a healthier, more successful year, it is important to have their back aligned, balanced and on track.
Chiropractic Care for Children in Sports
Every activity affects the spine and nervous system. Contact sports, playing an instrument, sitting, studying, and paying attention in class are all important for a successful school year. They all require a healthy spine and nervous system. When your child is sitting in class listening to a teacher, they listen through their ears, process the information in their brain, and a signal is sent down their spine to their fingers so that they can write their notes which they will later study. If a child is playing an instrument, the instructor often tells them to sit up straight. They know that a healthy spine with good alignment and nerve supply is essential to performance in the classroom and activities.
When we watch our kids participating in sports, we often cringe at the intense beating their spine takes when they are hit by another person or twisted through their activities. Keeping their spine and nervous system aligned and balanced is crucial for them to be able to enjoy a healthy and successful year and have a healthy spine for a lifetime.
Children make 775,000 visits to the emergency room each year because of sports-related injuries. Every 2½ minutes a child is injured on a playground. 150,000 kids are treated in the emergency room for football injuries. These injuries are often accompanied by trauma to the child’s developing spine and nervous system.
Your health care philosophy is your choice. The 100 Year Lifestyle and chiropractic deliver an innate health care philosophy which is working for millions. It can also work for you and your family. Isn’t it time you begin trusting yourself and this innate philosophy and begin living the ‘super” healthy life that you and your children deserve? Chiropractic care can keep your child’s spine and nervous system healthy and ensure your child stays healthy longer.
You can schedule an appointment for your children for a spinal examination.