Your Child's Developing Spine

There are three windows of time in which your child's spine will go through major stages of development. The first of these is birth through age five. This is definitely the most critical time since it is during this period that the child also has the most minor traumas and repetitive stress injuries to the spine.

The second window of development is five years to ten years of age. During this time your child will begin school and spend recess climbing on monkey bars, sliding down slides, playing organized sports and generally leaving themselves open to repeated falls and tumbles resulting in their own spinal injuries.

Finally, at age ten to fifteen-years-old, your child's spine will go through its last stage of development. During this final stage, your child's spinal growth will be greatly affected by most if not all of the following:

• Improper backpack loading and carrying

• Poor posture

• An inactive or sedentary lifestyle

• Repetitive sports movements

• Typical sports injuries

o Being hit in the head with a ball

o Tackled on the field

o Falling off a skateboard or rollerblades


It may be possible that you missed the first window of opportunity for care, but it's not too late; your child or teenager can benefit from Chiropractic care.

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