In an age where everyone is always on a smartphone or a computer, joint pain and inflammation is at epidemic levels. Orthopaedic problems are beginning to affect children as well. As a teacher, I’ve heard of so many cases of young people, both children and teens, developing severe problems with their neck and spine. Chiropractic medicine has a bit of a convoluted history in Australia and in other countries, but recent scientific studies have shown that chiropractic is beneficial for all sorts of problems ranging from migraine headaches to postural issues. While it wasn’t initially recommended for children, medical researchers are discovering that it actually has a lot of benefits for young people.
I spoke to Matt a Chiropractor in Balmain, Sydney about chiropractic medicine for children, “It’s absolutely beneficial for people of all ages,” He explained, “But of course, I would also advise a visit to your GP beforehand to make sure it won’t exacerbate any issues. In most cases, it dramatically helps people of all ages, whether they’re young or elderly.”
It’s important that children live healthy lives. A good diet and regular exercise keeps a child’s system functioning well. After a recent outreach meeting with PTA, our school is looking at ways to increase the amount of exercise our kids get every day. Good habits start at home, and it’s important to keep parents in the loop and make them an intimate part of the process when you’re trying to improve student health. Physical education and recess can only do so much, and if a student goes home, watches television or goes online, eats unhealthy food, and doesn’t get any exercise after coming home from school, the situation will remain just as dismal.
“We’re looking at a major obesity epidemic, and the media has been good about spreading awareness on that front, but we’re also not talking enough about orthopaedic issues. People need to understand that there are consequences for spending all of your time bending your head down to look at your phone, or hunching over when you’re on the computer.” Matt is very knowledgeable when it comes to the way the body works, and his statements frightened me a little. It’s true. I do notice severe neck pain whenever I spend too much time on the phone, and I think I might look into chiropractic to solve some of the issues I’ve been running into.
Whether you buy into the benefits of chiropractic or not, the science is there. Is it good for children? Yes, but as Matt said, it would be best to talk to your primary care provider ahead of time to make sure it is safe for your child.
Hopefully, as more people become aware of the health risks associated with modern living, we’ll all know what it’s like to live in a more health-conscious world in the coming decades.