Studies suggest that children commonly pay visits
to chiropractors. A recent study of children treated in a Canadian
neurological clinic found that 15% had received chiropractic treatment.
The trauma of the birth process, multiple falls during growth
and the normal growth process often bring parents to seek chiropractic
care for their children. In most cases, a chiropractic professional
can determine if a child is in need of chiropractic care. Pediatricians
and other allopathic medical practitioners are often asked about
the indications for and evidence behind chiropractic manipulations.
Without specialized training in alternative and complementary
modalities it is difficult for many non-chiropractic professionals
to provide advice to parents. According to some chiropractors,
the following may be signs suggesting that chiropractic could
be of value:
· His/Her head tilts to one side
· Her/His head or neck motion seems restricted
· He/she has an inability to sleep for more than
an hour or two
· If breast-fed, he/she has difficulty nursing on
· She/he has chronic earaches, sore throat, colic,
headache, growing pains, bedwetting, and asthma
Chiropractic adjustments for infants and young children
involve very mild fingertip pressure to the neck or spine. Adjustments
can cause a "popping" sound when the vertebrae move, but children
do not always hear the sound, and in most cases there is no discomfort.
Because young spines are more flexible than those
of adults, they usually require fewer adjustments. The actual
number of treatments will depend on the duration and severity
of the condition. Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to work
along with allopathic medicine to assist in the health of all
their patients. Referral and co-management with medical specialists
are the norm.
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