Why Chiropractic Care for Children?
Chiropractic care for children offers your family a solid foundation for wellness
Children are physically active and experience many varying types of falls and blows from sports and basic daily activities. These injuries may cause symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood, the chiropractic lifestyle offers choices and benefits for your greater health and well-being.
Chiropractic adjusting techniques are modified to fit a child’s size, weight, and unique spinal problem.
CHILDREN'S CHIROPRACTIC SAFETY RESEARCH
The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association - http://icpa4kids.org - has initiated a ground breaking study on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for children. The preliminary results are outstanding and show that chiropractic care is safe for children. Even more significant is that parents reported three unexpected improvements with their children’s care:
- Improved sleeping
- Improved behavior and attitude
- Improved immune system function
A recent story on TV brought to light the benefits of chiropractic care in children who have suffered from repeated ear infections. If your child is experiencing frequent infections, you may consider consulting with a Doctor of Chiropractic.
Author Katie Gilbert authored a great article, Immune Boost: This is a Spinal Zap, covering how immune function is greatly with regular chiropractic care. It was published in Psychology Today.
Interesting to note was this paragraph on the flu:
"Chiropractic care was first linked to improved immunity during the deadly flu epidemic of 1917 and 1918. The funny thing was: Chiropractic patients fared better than the general population. This observation spurred a study of the field. The data reported that flu victims under chiropractic care had an estimated 2.5 percent death rate, a lot less than the normal rate of 5 percent among flu victims who did not receive chiropractic care."
Headaches are among the most common of health problems. Chiropractic and other non-medical practitioners are increasingly sought out by the public. Twenty-seven percent of Americans who visit health care providers outside of the medical field do so for headache relief, according to "Unconventional Medicine in the United States". New England Journal of Medicine 1993 (Jan 28);328 (4): 246-252
- The efficacy of spinal manipulation, amitriptyline and the combination of both therapies for prophylaxis of migraine headache.
Nelson CF, Bronfort G, Evans R, et aI. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1998 (Oct); 21 (8): 511-519
This study compared the relative effectiveness of treating migraines with chiropractic care alone, with the antidepressant/antianxiety drug amitriptyline (best know under the brand name Elavil); and with a combination of both the drug therapy and chiropractic care. Patients who received only chiropractic showed significant improvement, on par with those given the powerful prescription drug (though without side effects). The headache index, from a diary kept by each patient, showed chiropractic to have reduced the severity and frequency of headaches as well or better than the combined therapy or amitriptyline alone at each stage of the study.
- Chiropractic care of children with headaches: five case reports.
Amiersoll-Peacock, ED, Journal o/Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, Vol.1, No.1, Jan. 1996.
From the Abstract: In this case series, five children presented with varying types of headaches to a family-based chiropractic practice. In each case, spinal subluxations were present. Following reduction of those subluxations through chiropractic adjustments the child's chief complaint remised. Adjunctive therapy (education on diet, posture and exercise) was not given until the headaches remised. Thus, it was felt that the headache reduction may have been due to the restoration of nervous system function through the chiropractic adjustment.