I absolutely love working with young people. Children and adolescents respond well to acupuncture—better than adults do, in my experience—probably because they adapt and change more readily than us older folks. Kids are less stuck in their ways than grownups. Even though the child or teen may be initially apprehensive about the experience of getting acupuncture, they tend to be more open and receptive to the experience, especially when they find that an acupuncture needles are far different from shots. And recent research supports acupuncture for children; in fact, kids tend to have less negative reactions to acupuncture than adults!
My favorite part of working with young children is their ability to honesty express themselves in the moment. Children don’t hold on to pain; that is a behavior we learn with age. And the best aspect of working with older children and teens is watching them learn to take responsibility for their own body and healthcare. I find that kids and teens are better at adapting new healthy habits than adults.
Young people come to acupuncture for a variety of reasons, such as allergies, fatigue, concentration issues, frequent colds, anxiety or other mood issues. Many kids and teens practice rigorous sports, which can be tough on their growing bodies, leading to musculoskeletal pain and sports injuries. And kids experience stress, especially with academic pressure, family life, and social development. Acupuncture is a wonderful way to gently balance their rapidly growing and changing bodies.
If you are looking for an acupuncturist for your child, contact Boynn McIntire for a free consultation. You and your child can meet Boynn, see the clinic, and get a clear sense if acupuncture is appropriate for your young person.