Although some people may question why a child would need chiropractic care, the answer is quite simple. Like adults, children have spines and nervous systems. Proper alignment of the spine is key to reducing interference with the nervous system. Correct alignment helps ensure optimal health and quality of life for children, just as it does for adults. While chiropractic techniques may be slightly different for children, the ultimate goal is the same. Because the spine controls every nerve in the body, general health and wellness are positively affected by restoring alignment and functionality to every system in the body.
History of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on one’s general health. Daniel David Palmer performed the first chiropractic adjustment in 1895. Since that time, Chiropractic care has continued to increase in popularity. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for adults and children has become more prevalent due to concerns with negative side effects associated with more traditional therapies. Chiropractic care represents the most common type of CAM therapy for children.
A survey that was completed in 2000 reported that there were about 30 million pediatric visits to Chiropractors. By 2009, that figure more than doubled to 68 million. The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners’ most recent analysis, which was compiled in 2010, found that approximately 17 percent of Chiropractic patients were under the age of 18, with 7.7 percent being age five years or younger and 9.4 percent between ages six and 17.
Treatment of Childhood Disorders
Other than the general wellness benefits, there are many conditions for which chiropractors can effectively treat in children and infants. Disorders that can be linked with spinal dysfunction include:
- recurrent ear infections
- persistent sore throats and colds
- bedwetting and/or constipation
- growing pains
Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care is beneficial to the strength and well-being of children. Regular adjustments promote overall wellness for children. Chiropractors monitor a child’s growth and development, and insure children are properly aligned to function at their best.
Parents who are concerned about a natural, holistic approach to the healthcare of children choose chiropractic. Due to the side effects of many medications, a growing number of parents are researching alternative ways to help their children. Some drugs regularly prescribed to children have been shown to be potentially dangerous. With current available information, conscientious parents are conducting their own research to determine the best course of action when it comes to insuring the health of their children.
Is Pediatric Chiropractic Care Safe?
Pediatric chiropractic care is safe and can sometimes decrease a need for more traditional healthcare. In fact, a child’s quality of life can be improved with chiropractic care. Specialized techniques may be employed in the treatment of children to make sure they experience maximum benefit.
At Dover Chiropractic, we make sure you are are fully informed about any treatment your child receives prior to beginning a therapy course. Further, we take special care to insure even the smallest of patients are comfortable and understand the techniques we will use. Chiropractic care is tailored to each individual. If your child is having a specific issue, or you would like to shift to a wellness healthcare focus, call us today to schedule an appointment. Your family’s wellness is our business.
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