Does your child have trouble focusing in school? Do you find it hard to keep their attention at home? Do they feel like their brain is a big cloud of confusion?
Children want to learn and participate, but issues like brain fog and focus issues can sabotage their every effort. Thankfully, chiropractic can help! In fact, trouble focusing can be a subtle sign that your child is in need of a gentle chiropractic adjustment to restore balance to their nervous system.
These are a few of the most common reasons why our kids (and us adults!) lose focus, and how chiropractic can help them stay focused longer, naturally.
There’s a Disconnection Between the Brain and Spine
Vertebrae that are out of alignment will stretch and distort the spinal cord and spinal nerves. When this is severe, we feel pain, numbness, or even have organ system issues. But in more mild situations, the effects aren’t so obvious. Instead, we experience problems like brain fog, fatigue, confusion, and difficulty focusing.
Unfortunately, it’s not difficult to throw your spine out of alignment, even for kids. Poor posture, especially due to heavy backpacks and frequent phone and computer use, is a sure-fire way to throw a kid’s spine out of natural alignment.
How Chiropractic Helps Improve the Brain and Spine Connection
Chiropractors are known for bringing the spine into a healthy alignment. This helps to relieve pain and tension, but the benefits go much deeper!
When the spine is aligned, everything flows smoothly. Communication between the spinal cord, brain stem, and brain is fast and focused. The spinal nerves and peripheral nervous system have all the resources and space they need to function optimally. We can move gracefully and think clearly.
Pain is Distracting
Pain, no matter how mild or severe, is distracting. It’s a nagging interruption that robs you of your focus and your wellbeing. Studies show that those in pain are also at risk of increased focus issues, worry, and fatigue.
Children who frequently experience stomach aches, headaches, or go all-out on the playground could be struggling to focus due to pain. Because children don’t always know how to describe what they feel in their bodies, their reactions to pain can be mistaken for learning difficulties or behavioral issues. Even teens who can recognize pain, common injuries, headaches, and menstrual pain still make concentrating at school feel impossible.
How Chiropractic Helps Relieve Pain
From growing pains to sports injuries to the aches and pains of daily life, chiropractic can help. Adjustments ease pressure and tension along the entire spine to relieve pain and prevent those nagging distractions. Regular chiropractic care also helps growing bodies stay strong, flexible, and resilient to prevent future injuries and pain.
Lack of Sleep is Limiting Brain Power
As any parent knows, when kids don’t get enough sleep, trouble ensues! They may feel irritable, confused, unengaged, or restless. A child’s brain desperately needs sleep to learn, remember, and focus. Without proper rest, kids aren’t able to process information as quickly and become easily distracted and fatigued. And remember – the same goes for adults, too.
How Chiropractic Improves Sleep
One of the best benefits of chiropractic care is enjoying restorative, high-quality sleep. Chiropractic realigns your neck, releases tight jaw joints, reduces sleep apnea, and eases any pain that might prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. For little ones, chiropractic adjustments and gentle massage can relieve pent-up tension and help them relax.
Stress is Stealing the Show
Stress is a growing problem for both kids and adults. Especially after the turbulence of the pandemic, everyone is feeling a little more on edge than ever before. Sometimes stress heightens our focus. When we’re in immediate danger, the brain goes into alert mode to help us make better decisions faster. But these effects can only last so long. With the chronic, ongoing stress that so many of us experience every day, our brains get tired. Cortisol surges through our system and clouds our clear thinking.
How Chiropractic Helps Reduce Stress
Thankfully, a simple trip to the chiropractor can ease your stress by reducing cortisol levels. You’ll feel immediate stress relief that lasts for days. With regular visits, you or your child will grow more resilient to stress, and these daily stressors will no longer steal your focus.
Find Your Focus with Chiropractic Care at AlignLife
Whether you’re 3 or 93, the key to focusing longer is improving your brain health and function. To do that, we need to support the nervous system with healthy alignment between the brain and spinal cord and healthy daily habits that clear away the fog and boost focus.
To improve brain fog and focus issues, your AlignLife chiropractor will offer gentle adjustments and address the lifestyle factors that could be impacting your child’s focus.
When that all too familiar feeling of mental sluggishness, forgetfulness, and difficulty focusing creeps in, it’s time to visit your chiropractor. Stay sharp and book a visit with your local AlignLife chiropractor!