I hear this question often. It’s quite an understandable question on many fronts. Parents are naturally protective of their children. With only 61.4 % of the American public believing that chiropractic care was effective, and 52.6 % having seen a chiropractor in the last 12 months 1(JMPT, Volume 38, Issue 8, October, 2015), it is understandable that parents are not sure of themselves when contemplating this question.
Parents unfamiliar with Chiropractic may ask themselves, “How often is chiropractic care sought out by Americans?”
From Gallup, September 8, 2015, article “Majority in U.S. Say Chiropractic Works for Neck and Back Pain”, Gallup estimates that 63 million adults in the U.S. have seen a chiropractor in the last five years. One in four adults last saw a chiropractor more than five years ago.
I believe Chiropractic care is an essential part of your child’s overall wellness. In the U. S., more than 17 percent of all chiropractic patients are under the age of 18, according to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Of that 17 percent, nearly 8 percent are five years or younger. .
My son was adjusted by our chiropractor, Dr. Gabriel Russo, D.C., when he was minutes old. It is he standing behind us in the delivery room in Berkeley, CA on July 4, 1996. He took care of me and my spine during my pregnancy, delivery, and post-pregnancy. Such a gift, to have my chiropractor so close to me during this precious time. Thank you, Dr. Russo, for all you gave to me and Aidan.
The chiropractic adjustment is safe for patients of all ages, including newborns. After an assessment of your child’s spine, I will perform a gentle adjustment using either my hands or a small tool. This adjustment, alongside the use of chiropractic therapies, serves to remove the subluxation. I will use no more pressure on your child’s spine than the pressure you could handle being placed upon your eyelid.
Your Child’s Nervous System
The nervous system, which consists of your brain, spinal cord and nerves, controls everything in the body, including growth and development. Subluxations, also known as misalignments, in the spine can prevent proper communication from the brain to the body. These subluxations cause stress to the nervous system, which can lead to a decrease in function of the affected area.
Infants, children and adults can all experience subluxations in the spine. Infants and children can become subluxated from birth trauma, other minor or major traumas and developmental stress. During the first five years of life, the body produces more neural pathways than at any other time. It is vital this production is optimized through children’s chiropractic care, as the first few years are crucial to each child’s potential.
Even if your child is in excellent health, minor traumas from bumps, bruises, falls and spills accumulate over time and can result in pain, discomfort and/or health issues in their teen and adult years.
Commonly Seen Improvements
Over the years, chiropractic doctors have received feedback about the benefits of kids and chiropractic from parents and young patients reporting significant or unexpected improvements in:
- Behavior and attitude
- Immune system function
Additional symptoms and conditions patients have reported improvement on include ADD/ADHD, colic, torticollis, ear infections, bed-wetting, digestive problems, allergies, asthma, seizures and more.
Read on to learn more:
Why Should Children Have Chiropractic Care? International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, accessed April 2017
Safety and Effectiveness of Pediatric Chiropractic, American Chiropractic Association, April 2016
Chiropractic Care for Children [ABSTRACT], Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Journal, April 2000
The safety and effectiveness of pediatric chiropractic [ABSTRACT], Explore (NY), Sep-Oct 2009
Efficacy of chiropractic manual therapy on infant colic [ABSTRACT], Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Oct 2012
Getting your child’s spine assessed and evaluated by me will give you valuable information which you and your partner can use to determine if moving forward with chiropractic care for your child will benefit her or him. I offer a free initial intake exam for any adult in my care. Contact Us today for an appointment.