When I tell people I received my first chiropractic adjustment in my first week of life, they’re sometimes surprised. During a health talk, a lady once asked me if I needed the adjustment because I had been dropped!

Unless there is something my parents have not told me, I was not dropped as an infant. I started chiropractic care at the beginning of my life because my family understands the importance of helping children reach their true health potential. Just as good nutrition, sleep and exercise are key elements for a healthy childhood, so is keeping a child’s nervous system free and clear of interference.

Before you start thinking that chiropractic care may be fine for other families, but you do not see the need for it in yours, ask yourself these questions:  Has your baby ever experienced prolonged constipation? Extreme fussiness and colic? Or, as your child develops and learns to walk, has he or she had unusual trouble with balance, maybe falling down on level ground when there is no visible obstacle? These things can all be signs your child could really benefit from a few gentle adjustments.

If the signals from the brain are not clearly reaching the intestines, muscles and other body parts, then your child’s body is not functioning at its highest potential. Also keep in mind that obvious symptoms do not need to be present for chiropractic care to be beneficial. Vertebral subluxations, or spinal misalignments, put static in the nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments help the messages get through, loud and clear.

As your child grows up, he or she may start to play sports. After watching them fall and tumble a few times, think about the impact these activities can have on a young spine. Sports and other physical activities are very healthy and important for mental and physical development. Keeping your child’s spine adjusted at this stage can help prevent injuries from happening, shorten healing time if they do happen, and even improve reaction time and skill.

When it comes to chiropractic care, kids of all ages can benefit just as much, if not more, than adults.

Dr. Meghan R.L. Palmer is a chiropractor and freelance writer in Rogersville, Tenn.