Chiropractic Care And Children: Everything You Need To Know

12 October 2015
 Categories: , Blog

The number of parents seeking all-natural forms of treatment and healthcare is continuing to grow. Unfortunately, there is tons information to sort through. One question on many parents mind is whether or not chiropractic care is an option for children. Is this kind of care safe for children and how can they benefit from it? The more you know, the easier it will be for you to decide of chiropractic care is a viable option for your children.

Is Chiropractic Care Safe For Your Children?

Studies suggest pediatric chiropractic care is both safe and effective. The key thing to understand is the amount of force applied to children receiving chiropractic care is very different from the amount of force applied to an adult. In fact, the chiropractor who provides care to your child will apply the same amount of force to your child that you would apply to a tomato when you are testing to see how ripe it is.

While the basic idea of chiropractic care is the same regardless of how young or old a patient is, the constantly growing and changing bodies of a child make his or her needs different depending on what age of development the child is at. Children tend to respond to chiropractic care faster than adults do. This is because the body of a child has not been subjected to the same long term abuse an adult body has.

Another huge difference between chiropractic care for adults and children is pain not being a primary for the system of a child. This can make it difficult for a parent to determine whether or not his or her child needs the care of a chiropractor. If your child has a limp, only wants to breastfeed from one position, or is off-balanced, he or she may benefit from chiropractic care.

What Kind of Children Benefit The Most?

It is important to keep in mind that chiropractors do not necessarily treat or cure any condition. They, however, can provide treatment that eases the suffering and enhances the general health of a child suffering from a certain condition. Some very common health conditions children who frequently visit chiropractors have included:

  • ADHD
  • Common Cold
  • Ear Infections
  • Colic
  • Constipation
  • Growing Pains
  • Trouble Breastfeeding
  • Bed Wetting
  • Birth Traumas
  • Sporting Injuries

There isn't a magic age when you should start bringing your child to a chiropractor. In fact, infants who are just a few days old can be checked out by a local family chiropractor (such as one from on the way home from the hospital. After all, the birthing process is strenuous for both you and your baby. It certainly won't hurt to have him or her checked out.