Pediatric Chiropractic Care Is an Essential Part of Our Practice.
We take care of kids for a wide range of reasons – for symptoms such as colic and ear infections, for athletes looking to recover from injuries or stay in alignment after contact sports, and for kids with no symptoms at all, whose parents want to make sure they’re growing up as healthy as possible. Pediatric care not only makes for a fun practice, its benefits are rooted in research.
What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care is centered around optimizing the function of the nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments work to realign the vertebrae in the spine, removing the pressure that misaligned vertebrae place on nerves in order to allow for proper function in the spine. When there is pressure on a nerve, the messages from brain to body are interfered with. This interference, when found in a child’s spine, can cause a multitude of symptoms.
What are common symptoms that a chiropractor may see in children?
When the pressure is in the upper cervical part of the spine, some of the symptoms include anxiety, ear infections, headaches, colic, ADHD, and torticollis. Research shows some incredible results through chiropractic care such as a one-year-old who had resolution of recurrent bilateral ear infections (1), a nine-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome showing improvement in anxiety (2), and twin infants with breastfeeding difficulty and torticollis (3).
When the pressure is in the low back, we might see kids presenting with digestive issues, reflux, and constipation. Research shows results such as total resolution in a three-year-old with GERD and colic (4), and a two-month-old showing resolution in gastroesophageal reflux (5).
No matter what symptoms a child presents with, they are always healthier and functioning better without interference in the nervous system. For this reason, we also see many parents bringing kids with no symptoms at all for chiropractic care to ensure their spines and nervous systems are free from interference. Most importantly, chiropractic for kids is safe, with a 2011 study showing that less than 1% of pediatric cases show an adverse effect (6).
Based on the results we see in our office, the results in the research, and the safety, we hope to serve you and your kids soon!
Pediatric Chiropractic Sources and Research