Chiropractic care for children has been a controversial topic for years. There have been a lot of strong views for and against it. Some papers, for example, argue that spinal adjustment is not good for children, using anecdotal evidences to support their claims. However, there are also others who can stand by the efficacy of chiropractic in addressing childhood illnesses.
In the meantime, while the debate rages, more and more parents are taking their children to chiropractors. According to a government report, almost 3 percent of American children had seen a chiropractor or an osteopath, and it’s usually for common conditions like ear infections, among others.
Why is chiropractic care so controversial? One, there is no scientific evidence (yet) proving the effectiveness of alternative medicines. Even the American Chiropractic Association agree that there’s a dearth of research, but they say that they welcome studies that will conclusively show the effects of chiropractic care on children. What is clear, though, is that more parents are choosing natural and holistic methods to treat their kids’ health concerns than just medications.
If you have children and you’re considering bringing them to a chiropractor, here are some basic things you must consider:
Choose your child’s chiropractor well; as much as possible, ask for referrals from pediatricians you trust. Make sure that the kid chiropractor is licensed and has a lot of experience working with children. Treating children is different than treating adults; after all, when working with kids, less force is needed. If the chiropractor is inexperienced and exerts too much force, it could put the child at risk.
Remember that chiropractic care is best for musculoskeletal problems. Not all physical complaints should be brought to the chiropractor. Keep in mind that they work with the muscles and nerves, and non-musculoskeletal problems may benefit more from traditional medicine than from alternative ones. However, there are other conditions that may also benefit from manual adjustments, like respiratory, ear, nose, and throat complaints. Parents even bring their kids to chiropractors for preventive care.
Help inform your kids about the potential aftereffects of a manual adjustment. This will help ease their mind when they know that they may feel some form of discomfort or mild pain after the adjustment.
Chiropractic care may not be as established yet as traditional medicine, but given the trend of parents nowadays towards natural and holistic healing, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the number of young patients rise every year.