At Vital-Balance, providing care to children as they develop to maturity is a very important part of our practice. We are able to detect issues early so that as the child grows, they are able to adapt to their physical life in the healthiest way possible. If spinal problems are addressed early, they are easier to fix (cheaper) because the tissues of the spine are still very health, dynamic and easily changeable. This also safeguards against the development of problems by your child in adulthood.
We have all been conditioned (for good reason) to believe that having our children’s teeth checked for decay and misalignment, periodically, is very important to their physical as well as mental health.
Physical, in that healthy teeth are important indicator of overall physical health. Mental health, because healthy self-esteem, in terms of dental health is important. Spinal Health is much like dental health in that both cases there can be decay or the circumstances where decay begins without there being physical signs or symptoms. If signs and symptoms do appear, they do not seem severe enough to be a “real” problem. We have all had the experience of going to our dentist for a check-up feeling as though nothing is wrong. After the check-up our dentist finds that there are multiple problems that we just didn’t feel yet. This is being proactive about our dental health, and that is important to stop underlying problems from becoming bigger and more expensive.
Spinal Health is similar in many ways. Our spine is the central structural axis in our bodies. It protects the most important thing, in terms of the function of every system in our body, the spinal cord. The spinal cord coordinates how every system in our body functions through messages sent to our entire body from the brain through our spine.
Spinal health is directly related to our overall health and wellbeing, both physically and mentally. Physically, in the example of messaging from the brain through the spinal cord to all systems of the body and because all healthy efficient biomechanical movement originates from the central axis of the spine. Mentally, because proper and good posture reflects good self-confidence. When we see a person with good spinal structure and good posture, we automatically sense the overall health of that individual. It is instinct. When we see someone with bad posture and a crooked spine, we innately sense their poor health, no one has to describe it.
Having your child’s spinal structure evaluated yearly will prevent them from developing problems as they grow into adulthood. This is very important for their long-term health and wellbeing throughout their lives. It will also allow problems to be addressed before disability and degeneration set-in.
Because of this, again, the problems are easier and cheaper to treat. I suggest that yearly check-ups of you and your loved one’s spinal structure is as, or indeed, more important than yearly dental check-ups. The spine is the most important structure in our body in-terms of overall health and wellbeing, keeping it healthy keeps you healthy.