Chiropractic for Kids: Getting the Word Out

The above is the headline of a feature article in the January 2010 issue of “To Your Health”. The feature article begins by relating the story of 6 week old Cameron, who hadn’t slept longer than an hour at a time, was fussy when awake, had difficulty nursing and seemed to spit up more than he ate.

The story noted that Marlena, the boy’s mother, was at her wit’s end when a friend suggested she take her baby to a chiropractor. Even though she was skeptical, she was willing to give it a try. The article reported that after just three visits Cameron was a completely different child. They noted that he slept for longer stretches, nursed for shorter stretches, rarely spit up and, was happy and content.

The article then does a good job in explaining how chiropractic helped young Cameron. The author explained, “When a joint in the spine or cranium doesn’t move properly (a condition called a subluxation), it has the potential to irritate the nervous system. And it’s the nervous system that runs the baby’s body, carrying instructions from the brain to distant body parts. If that communication system becomes disrupted, the affected body part may not function properly. Chiropractic care removes the source of irritation, allowing the body to heal and operate properly.”

Cameron’s case is not a singular one. The article notes that a recent survey showed that up to 14 percent of all visits to chiropractors are for children, and chiropractic is the most used non-medical care for children. The article also reported that according to the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) there were more than 2 million pediatric visits to chiropractors in 2007. The article noted that chiropractic adjustments for children are very different than those given on adult spines. They also reported that chiropractic’s record makes it the safest form of healthcare available.

In closing, the article lists a number of conditions that commonly respond to chiropractic care for children. The list of conditions included such problems as colic, ear infections, bed-wetting, asthma, scoliosis, constipation, headaches, and a variety of other health problems.

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