Chiropractic Care for Children

Chiropractic Care for Children

When people think of chiropractic care, they generally think about the aging spine and ways in which they can keep themselves healthy as they get older.

In reality, however, chiropractors see patients of all ages, including children. From very early ages, children can benefit from spinal realignment. Some chiropractors argue that it is even more important that children receive the treatments, as their brains and spines are still developing. Chiropractors who work with children change their approach to make everything more specialized, sensitive, and gentle.

Chiropractic Care for Babies

Subluxations are disrupted areas of the nervous system, caused by spinal irritation or pressure. Chiropractors deal with treating subluxations, which are not only associated with the back pain adults experience later in life. Sometimes when a mother is giving birth, doctors will apply force when pulling the baby out, which can cause subluxations. These subluxations can be expressed in a number of ways in an infant. Dr. Joyce Miller and her colleagues at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic conducted a research study looking at the ways in which chiropractic care for babies influenced different behaviors.

These behaviors included:

  • Nursing: 114 infants who had been diagnosed with nursing dysfunction, meaning that they could not properly nurse from the mother, were observed at three weeks of age. After receiving chiropractic care, all infants in the study showed improvement with their ability to nurse. After two to five treatments in a two-week period, 78% were able to breastfeed exclusively.
  • Colic: Forty-three infants younger than eight weeks of age who were reported to have colic received treatment for two weeks. Colic is a frustrating condition where infants experience unpredictable bouts of distress despite being well-fed and healthy. After the two weeks of treatment the infants cried significantly less and slept significantly more than they did prior to care.
  • LongTerm Signs of Colic: Often babies who are colicky suffer from poor behavior and disturbed sleep as toddlers. Children who had been treated as infants with chiropractic care were twice as likely not to experience the long-term effects of colic as toddlers, like temper tantrums or frequent nocturnal waking.

For Older Children

Youth sports have become more and more popular in recent years. As children play competitively from younger ages, they become prone to injuries. Chiropractic adjustments can help sports injuries that disturb the alignment of the spine. In addition, chiropractic care can be used to help pediatric patients suffering from age-related conditions, like scoliosis and ear infections. The most important aspect of care for children is that the chiropractor has experience treating kids, and knows how to perform adjustments carefully.

Before permitting your child to undergo any chiropractic manipulation, discuss the benefits and potential dangers with your chiropractor. It is important for your chiropractor to determine if manipulation is the best option for your child. When a child is still developing, it can be a good time to make positive changes for the child’s health. On the other hand, interfering with the natural processes of the body might disrupt the normal growth, if not done correctly. Talk to your chiropractor to learn if manipulations will be helpful for your child.