Chiropractic care is not just for adults! Children, both kids and infants, can benefit from chiropractic care. Millard Family Chiropractic & Wellness uses chiropractic care to help kids with more than just pain relief—it’s about putting the body and brain into balance by helping the nervous system.
The main goal of chiropractic care, in general, is optimal function. Shifts in the spine disrupt the nervous system, which can obstruct function on all levels: physically, emotionally, mentally and socially.
A chiropractic adjustment reduces these stressors to the nervous system, balancing the body and restoring optimal performance.
Who wouldn’t want that for their children?
Parent’s Seeking Alternative Solutions for their Children
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine reported that an average of 89 million pediatric visits were made to chiropractors in 2010. Parents are looking for other options besides conventional medicine to help their kids and infants. Many are looking for care for chronic medical problems without the side effects of drugs.
However, more and more parents are realizing that pediatric chiropractic care can help with general health, not just chronic medical problems.
How Children Benefit from a Pediatric Chiropractor
Chiropractic care for children differs between kids and infants.
Infants, of course, cannot talk to tell us if anything is wrong. As doctors, we look for problems with sleeping, pooping, eating, or burping to lend us signs of needing potential chiropractic care. Some issues in infants that can be helped with chiropractic include:
- Not sleeping through the night
- Crying a lot
- Constantly making tight fists
- Not latching during breastfeeding
- Not being able to turn their head all the way
- Ear Infections
Kids have the opportunity to tell us more about the pain they may be feeling, but we encourage parents to pay close attention to how your children grow. Are their ears, shoulders and hips even? Are there any parts that are rotated? This could help us address a problem before it becomes a source of pain.
However, chiropractic care for kids works for other concerns besides pain. It can also address:
- Head or chest colds
- Neurological problems
- Constipation/bed wetting
- Asthma and allergies
There have been multiple studies on how chiropractic has benefited children in these ways. This information is sited from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
Is Chiropractic Care for Children Safe?
Yes. Our pediatric chiropractors have been trained and certified in specifically helping children and infants. In Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, one study, totaling more than 5,000 pediatric visits, reported zero complications. The most common improvements seen were decreased pain, increased disposition, and increased immune function.
Within this same study, nearly half of the parents were seeking out wellness care, meaning there were no existing conditions or symptoms in the children, and parents were only looking for care to optimize the child’s health and well being.
The ICPA has one of the largest research collections on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for children. Visit them online here.
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Chiropractic care is about bringing that balance back to the nervous system.
If you or someone you know has a child that you believe could benefit from chiropractic care, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Contact us today for more information!