The History of Children and Chiropractic CareDerived from the extensive studies of Daniel David Palmer, the philosophy, art, and science of chiropractic care was established in 1895. The tenets of chiropractic therapy can be summed up into this: that the body is a machine which, when well maintained, functions in it’s most effective state. Chiropractic care then aims to correctly align subluxations in the body. Subluxations, or misalignment in the spine, inhibit the electrical impulses within the nervous system which can result in incomplete or misinterpreted signals throughout the body. Therefore these subluxations can manifest as:
- neck pain: stiff, sore or tender
- back pain: stiff, sore or tender
- muscle spasm on the spine
- joint pain
- posture imbalance
- restricted movement that limit normal range of motion
Children and Chiropractic Care: Success StoriesThere are been significant studies that show health improvements for children using chiropractic treatments. For example, in 2008 the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association published a case study showing the successful chiropractic care of pediatric patients with chronic constipation. Likewise, the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association published an article in 2009 indicating the effective treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease of a 3-month old baby girl. Similar achievements have been made for children with colic, asthma, and chronic ear infections.
Why Should My Child See a Pediatric Chiropractor?Little ones are constantly enduring “micro-traumas”. The word “micro-traumas” may sound scary, but we’re talking about natural incidents like going through the birth canal, falling while learning to walk, bumping heads, being thrown in the air by crazy Uncle Mike, etc. These adventures enhance our children’s understanding of the world, and yet can be the source of subluxations that may adversely affect their little bodies. Pairing children and chiropractic care can not only help alleviate some chronic conditions as reference above, it has also shown to be an extremely effective preventative healthcare therapy.
Chiropractic care may help children with things like:
- inability to sleep
- recurring ear infections
- frequent sickness
- crying all day and night
- bouts of constipation and diarrhea
- breastfeeding issues
- digestive issues
- as well as encourage a child’s optimal brain and nerve development.
Things to Know About Children and Chiropractic CareChiropractic care is safe for the majority of people. The key is to find a provider that is knowledgeable about your situation. Some practitioners specialize in pediatric care or geriatric care; others might cater to athletes, or even pregnant mothers. Find a chiropractor that is skilled in their technique, proficient in their training, and cares about the long term health of your children. If you can, find a chiropractor that is willing to already works with your primary health care doctor. When these two healthcare fields collaborate, you – the patient – really benefits. Together your doctors can develop a comprehensive health plan that will get you on track to the healthiest life possible. Here are some questions you can ask a chiropractor to determine if he or she is the right doctor for you.
Questions for your chiropractor:
- Did you acquire any post-graduate degrees or specialty training?
- How much experience do you have treating my particular condition?
- Do you work with family practitioners?
- What is your experience treating children?
- What is your method for evaluating and treating children?
- How long will my treatment or the treatment for my children last?
- What are the top 3 things I can do to get the best results?