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Children and Chiropractic

Healthy Children, Happy Parents

The statistics say it all: More than 2 million children received “manipulative or body-based therapies” by chiropractors or osteopaths in 2007, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Yet, as impressive as these numbers are, they are well below what they could be, according to Dr. Jeanne Ohm, executive coordinator for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

“There is the huge void, an unmet need”, said Dr. Ohm. “Some of it has to do with practitioners habits and the fact that they simply haven’t worked with kids before, (which causes) some doctors to hesitate. And there are some differences in treating children.”

“For example, with an adult, you can expect very direct responses to your treatmen. We’re used to that and expect it,” she said. “Communication with a child, particularly young ones, can be somewhat different. When palpating a 6-year-old, you will get some response, but you have to listen very carefully because they won’t be able to articulate like an adult.

A strong healthy immune system allows your child to resist disease and have optimal function. The immune system must communicate with the brain through messages along neurological pathways in the body. When something interferes with these messages the immune system makes mistakes, for example allergies. When the spine, which surrounds the spinal cord is pushed out of place, this “super highway” of messages is affected, causing frequent colds, ear infections, asthma, falls, etc. Even though some parents accept these problems as a routine part of childhood, repeated ailments may be a sign of a problem.

How does your child’s spine become misaligned?

  • Birth Trauma
  • Falls
  • Sports
  • Backpacks
  • Poor Posture
  • Growth
  • Stress

Statistics and Studies

v A study in 1989 compared 200 children under the care of pediatricians with 200 children who were cared for  by chiropractic doctors. The overall health of the children in chiropractic care was superior, with fewer ear infections and allergies, fewer cases of tonsillitis, and less need for antibiotics.

v Of 316 babies treated by chiropractors in 50 different clinics, more than 90% improved. Children with allergies and asthma also show a significant improvement under chiropractic care.

v Robert Mendelsohn, MD, one of America’s leading pediatricians, and a proponent of home delivery, discussed in his book Confessions of a Medical Heretic, how babies born in the hospital are six times more likely to suffer distress during labor and delivery, eight times more likely to get caught in the birth canal and four times more likely to need resuscitation.

v In Journal of Chiropractic research and Clinical Investigation, July 1992, a study revealed that when antibiotics are given for ear infections, especially on the first day of the onset of infection, the disease isn’t shortened by any measurable clinical standard. Antibiotics not only fail to cure the problem but they fail to prevent recurrence as well. In fact, recurrence rates were higher in children treated with antibiotic therapy.

v Children who have been under regular chiropractic care get sick less often and less severely. They rarely miss days from school. Recent studies have shown that they have fewer emotional and learning disabilities and other neurological problems connected with childhood.

Doctor Thomas is certified in Functional Neurology for the Pediatric Patient.

If you would like additional information about children and chiropractic care, you may call our office, Healing Chiropractic, at (360) 944-5454. We will be happy to talk with you about how your children may benefit. You may also visit International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, icpa4kids.org.

Resources

HMI Practice Resource. Cildren and Chiropractic Care . HMI Practice Resource, 2004. Print.

Rondberg, Terry A. Chiropractic First: the Fastest Growing Healthcare Choice ... before Drugs or Surgery . [Chandler, Ariz.]: Chiropractic Journal, 1998. Print.

Schmidt, Michael A., and Michael A. Schmidt. Healing Childhood Ear Infections: Prevention, Home Care, and Alternative Treatment . Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic, 1996. Print.

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