One reason I chose chiropractic care for my family is that it’s non-invasive and focused on overall wellness. Before making an appointment, I consulted with my primary physician who advised us that chiropractic is safe as an adjunct to traditional medical care. I also conducted my own research on the Internet and with a group of moms whose opinion I respect. I discovered that chiropractors have the lowest malpractice rates of all primary health care providers in the US.
You may wonder, as I did, how chiropractic adjustments can help small children who aren’t suffering the aches and pains of overuse and age. Paediatric chiropractic treatment is not focused on treating disease or disorders. The treatments are intended to allow the nervous system to function without interference.
Many families use chiropractic to promote proper growth and development and limit health challenges. Prenatal therapy uses non-force, gentle adjustments that help alleviate body stress and provide relief from the ongoing discomforts of carrying a baby.
Infants are often seen by chiropractors to improve nursing reflexes and limit colic. Common reasons for children to enter treatment are chronic ear infections, enuresis, and allergies. Parents often cite improvements in sleep patterns and immune system response as an outcome of paediatric treatment.
Increase in number of people seeking treatment
Chiropractic treatment for children and adolescents is becoming popular. In fact, about 3% of children have had chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation. Practice analysis by governing boards found that about 17% of chiropractic patients were under age 18, and almost 8% of the patients were less than five years old.
Our specific interest
Ear infections are common in children due to the structure of the ear canals during childhood. Fluid gets trapped in the middle ear cavity, creating a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. This results in the dreaded earache in the middle of the night and a round of antibiotics from the doctor.
Like all moms, I wanted to limit any unnecessary medications for my kids. A friend had suggested we look into chiropractic adjustments to address one particularly bad winter of ear infections. So, I began a search for a chiropractor near me. Osteopathic manipulation should relax the muscle spasms that trap fluid in the Eustachian tubes, therefore allowing it to drain properly. I was hoping that successful manipulation and adjustment would lower the number of repeated antibiotic doses, and prevent the kids from having to suffer through infections and feeling poorly.
What you can expect at your visit
The chiropractor is just one of a staff of medically trained specialists in a practice. You’ll often have an expert masseuse, a physical therapist, and others trained to help patients rehabilitate quickly from an injury.
After completing a routine consultation, patients undergo a comprehensive functional assessment to isolate and diagnose any physical or lifestyle abnormalities affecting your nervous system or causing pain. The medical team will create a personalized plan of treatment designed to improve your child’s overall health.
Non-invasive and effective
Regular chiropractic care can provide relief for the whole family with a natural, drug-free approach. The first year of treatment, my son went from an average of eight ear infections per year to just one. Although there is no clear link the decrease was due to chiropractic treatment, I plan on taking the whole family every year to see what other problems we can clear up with adjustments.