It seems like teens and tweens today are regularly using smartphones. In fact, according to a CNN report in 2015, the average teen spends nine hours on their smartphones every day. This smartphone usage is much different than a generation ago. Teens used to be active and involved in sports and other after-school activities. This active behavior was true even if that was just going to Ross Park Mall in Pittsburgh to go shopping. All of this smartphone and tablet use has many teens developing hunched shoulders and neck pain.
Teen Chiropractic Care
Here are the three most important reasons why to use teen chiropractic care:
Poor Posture Habits Have Set In:
We know that you probably remind your teen to sit or stand up straight at least once a day. While they may not see the downside effects of their slouching now, they will feel it later on in life. Having regular chiropractic treatments can help promote better posture and even fix any misalignments that occurred from poor posture. Of course, getting an adjustment does not automatically mean your teen will have perfect posture. However, having an aligned spine may cause them to sit or stand up a little straighter.
They Carry a Heavy Load:
School backpacks just keep getting heavier. Whether it is the teacher’s or your child’s fault for an overloaded backpack, a chiropractor can help fix any issues a heavy load could have caused. Having your child’s back properly aligned helps prevent back injuries. If you worry about your teen’s back, see your local chiropractor and remember your teen should not be carrying more than 10% of his or her weight. These concerns apply to their backpack, laptop bag, and gym bag too.
If They Play Sports:
Even though your young athlete may not play sports after high school, it is important to keep their physical health in mind. Many individuals complain of injuries and pain that stemmed from playing high school sports. This trend doesn’t mean you should pull your daughter off the basketball team. Instead, make time for regular adjustments. Regular adjustments can help them play better, help them feel better, and prevent injuries.
There are symptoms that parents can watch out for in their children to know if they may need teen chiropractic treatment, such as hunching or other postural changes, getting out of balance more often than usual, difficulty or limping while walking or running. The particular type and amount of adjustment used on children depend on their age and condition.
Allergies and Asthma
Teen chiropractic care can help teens suffering from allergies such as asthma. There is widespread support in the medical community touting the positive results of chiropractic treatment.
Studies also support that chiropractic therapy benefits patients by decreasing the amount of medication needed. They suffer fewer asthma attacks and report an overall lessening of symptoms leading to an improved quality of life.
Manages Behavioral and Learning Disabilities
Chiropractic procedures improve wellness and can help reduce hyperactivity and disruptive behaviors linked to ADHD and learning disabilities associated with autism.
Evidence supports that chiropractic treatment can better able a child to concentrate. In turn, it improves learning and behavior by limiting causes of agitation. Why not contact us today to set up an appointment?