WHY DOES MY CHILD NEED TO SEE A CHIROPRACTOR?
There is one system in the body that is responsible for accurately interpreting the messages from the child’s environment and deciding how their body should adapt to it. This is the nervous system. It is the master control system of growth, repair and the function of every cell, muscle and organ within the body.
This system can often be compromised with the birth process, an unavoidably stressful event; physically, emotionally and chemically.
The nervous system of a newborn baby is particularly susceptible at this time. This may result in the failure of your child’s nervous system to accurately interpret his or her environment so that an inappropriate adaptive response takes place within the body.
SO WHEN SHOULD A CHILD HAVE THEIR FIRST CHIROPRACTIC CHECK UP?
As soon as possible! If left uncorrected, a birth induced spinal nerve problem may not become apparent for many years! But even if your child is well past infancy, the sooner they are checked the better. It has been shown that negative patterns, just like bad habits (e.g. slouching), if laid down during growth, may persist and limit a child’s potential on a number of levels throughout life.
Chiropractic is not just about relieving pain, it is about getting to the root of the problem. The earlier a problem is dealt with, the better the result; as such we actively encourage patients to have their children’s spines checked.
Many childhood problems can be addressed early, preventing complications during the crucial first years of life: For more detail, see below.
Correction of a child’s spine, which reduces postural, nerve and other stresses in their bodies, can have a powerful effect on many aspects of their lives.
Regardless of the presence of any symptoms, every child deserves to have a healthy balanced spine and nervous system: Chiropractic can allow a child to achieve their full potential.
Studies Suggest Chiropractic is Safe, Gentle and Effective for Children
Two recent studies have shown that chiropractic care for children is safe, gentle, effective and offers children unexpected benefits of improved immune function, improved sleep and better moods. Both studies were presented at a major CAM conference and published in the journal Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies.
A study published in 1998 highlighted the safety of Chiropractic. Over half a billion adjustments delivered to children were studied and an injury rate of 1 in 250 million was found. This risk is so low that there is a greater chance of being hit by lightning than having an injury from a chiropractic adjustment!1
A further study of 812 paediatric patients indicated that 88% experienced an improvement with their presenting symptoms after having Chiropractic care. No treatment-related complications were reported. 9% reported improvements unrelated to their presenting complaints such as increased range of motion, improved sleep and improved immune function.2
Evidence from controlled studies and usual practice supports chiropractic care as providing benefits to patients with asthma, cervicogenic vertigo and infantile colic. Evidence is promising for helping kids with ear infections (otitis media).3
This evidence demonstrates how chiropractic is one of the safest forms of healthcare available for children. It is gentle, non-invasive and medication free. When comparing so favourably to the number of adverse reactions that children have as a result of medical intervention and drugs, surely its worth considering Chiropractic care first?
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1 Pistolese Richard A, Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research 1998 (June); 2 (2): 73-81. Treatment-related aggravations, complications and improvements attributed to chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy of pediatric patients: a practice-based survey of practitioners
2 Alcantara J, Ohm J, and Kunz D, Treatment-related aggravations, complications and improvements attributed to chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy of pediatric patients: http://www.icpa4kids.org/research/chiropractic/safety.htm.
3 Hawk, C et al, Chiropractic care for non-musculoskeletal conditions: a systematic review with implications for whole systems research. J Altern Complement Med. 2007 (Jun); 13 (5): 479-80