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Posted on 01-07-2015
By Dr. Ryan Foster
An increase in chronic childhood disease is part of the reason parents today seek
alternative Health Care for kids. Chiropractic Care is an effective and affordable
program that addresses children's health conditions associated with the nervous and
musculoskeletal systems. Gentle, noninvasive and drug free, Chiropractic adjustments
treat, resolve and prevent a wide range of health problems. Recent research by the
International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) found spinal manipulative
therapy safe and successful in treating children of all ages.
Acute conditions may result from birth trauma, sports mishaps and accidental injury.
Chiropractic care benefits children by correcting the spinal alignment to improve their
overall health. When vertebral joints are misaligned during birth or from a blow or
fall, muscle tissue and nerves may also be affected. Spinal adjustment frees joints,
restores motion and relieves nerve pressure, which may be the cause of additional
ailments. Parents report successful treatment of children's health issues such as acute
earache, upper respiratory infection, muscle pain, neck pain and accident
trauma. Spinal manipulation for children as young as newborn babies is an
alternative treatment for the discomfort of colic, infantile reflux, and other digestive
disorders as well. Some of the most trauma that your body goes through is the birth
process, with the forces placed on an infant’s spine with little to no defense against
those stressors. An acute trauma, left untreated, can develop into a chronic or more
Although scientific evidence in these areas is still inconclusive, the growing number
of those seeking children's health care from chiropractors (up 8.5% since 1991,
according to the American Chiropractic Association) is a positive endorsement of its
benefits. Chiropractic America reports that natural, drug-free chiropractic care is
sometimes more effective than traditional medical approaches for chronic earache,
scoliosis and neck pain. Headaches and sleep disorders of nonspecific causes
respond well to spinal adjustments, which affect and repair interrupted neural
pathways. Asthmas and Allergy symptoms and patterns of attention-deficit
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also be treatable with chiropractic.
Success in these areas has implications for Chiropractic care’s preventive capacity.
Periodic ongoing adjustments at a young age may help stave off the above ailments
before they begin. Proper spinal alignment now may delay or prevent degenerative
bone or joint disease, such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. In addition to
maintaining children's health, regular visits to the chiropractor also instill the value of
proactive health care in kids. They'll be more likely to monitor and manage their
health as they grow up and less likely to be afraid or in denial of any health problems.
Encouraging good lifelong health habits is one of chiropractic's best benefits for kids.
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