What You Need To Know About Chiropractic Care For Children

Spinal manipulation has been practiced for centuries; though, as a discipline, it’s relatively “young” at a few hundred years old. Countless people have found relief and reinvigoration. From boosting immune, respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, and joint health to increasing energy, the advantages are certainly as numerous as they are diverse. But does chiropractic care for children deliver the same benefits? And are there risks to consider?

When it comes to our children, we want the best - and if there is any hurt that we can keep them from bearing, that’s our goal. Whether they are living with a chronic condition (e.g. asthma), pain, have mobility issues or are dealing with an injury, it’s understandable to want to provide the best care and treatment so they can get back to what kids should be doing: playing, growing, and thriving!

Are chiropractic services part of the solution?

Why Parents Seek Chiropractic Care for Children

According to research, most children receive chiropractic services for musculoskeletal problems. However, 10 percent (a significant number) go for non-musculoskeletal issues, such as colic, asthma, enuresis (i.e. involuntary urination, particularly at night), persistent ear infection/inflammation, headaches, and illness prevention.

While spinal manipulation is the most common therapy delivered, additional services include exercises, soft tissue treatment, postural guidance, and nutritional advice.

Is Chiropractic for the Pediatric population safe and effective?

Yes, and Yes…

All procedures carry some inherent risk.  However, risk from Chiropractic is very low when administered from a properly trained, experienced Doctor.

In the 34 years of my practice, I have had hundreds of children that were able to recover from everything from birth trauma to chronic ear infections.  The one biggest change in my career in the Pediatric care arena is that now many of Pediatric patients are referred by Pediatricians and other specialists rather than from word of mouth from other parents.

Are You Considering Chiropractic Care for Your Child?

Whether your child is struggling with injury/pain or you want them to maintain optimal wellbeing, you may want to try noninvasive, non-drug treatments. To make sure that your child’s experience is as positive and as effective as possible:

Make sure your chiropractic care provider is trained to treat children. Children’s joints (and muscles, bones, and connective tissues) are drastically different from adults. Chiropractic doctors need to know the precise level of force, for example, to exert in order to deliver benefits without harming your child. Specific training in pediatric care is a must.

Take advantage of services besides spinal manipulation. Chiropractic care centers can offer a host of other beneficial services, including nutritional counseling, lifestyle advice, corrective exercises, postural counseling, and more. These can benefit your child immensely.

Tell your Chiropractor if your child has had any recent vaccinations, medical procedures, or is currently taking any medications.  These can have prolonged side effects that can delay recovery.  Your Chiropractor will want to be part of any team that treats your child.  So the more thorough history, the better the chance your child will experience a great outcome.

If you are interested in chiropractic care for your child, talk to the experts at Kordonowy Chiropractic Center. We will give you information and guidance to support the best interests of your child and your family.