Although children aren’t the main target group of chiropractic care, many have benefitted greatly from it. Whether they suffer from common childhood ailments such as cold, colic, fever, sore throats, and ear infections, or they are at risk for major health concerns, pediatric patients who receive chiropractic adjustments benefit from:
- Improved immune functions
- Increased resistance to disease
- Improved overall health
It’s important to understand that chiropractic care doesn’t treat disease and should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment and care. Its main objective is to eliminate and decrease spinal nerve stress, also known as subluxation, which is a serious and often-hidden condition affecting both adults and children. The three main causes of subluxations in children and adolescents are: 1) physical stress resulting from an improper position of the fetus in the womb, traumatic birth, falls, 2) emotional stress resulting from anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders, and 3) toxic stress resulting from processed food, vaccinations, pesticide exposure, preservatives, etc.
Here are three major childhood health conditions chiropractic care can help alleviate:
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 11 percent of American children ages 4-17 (6.4 million) suffer from ADHD. Inattention, hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, and difficulty concentrating are some of the most common symptoms of this condition, whose exact causes are still largely unknown. Children suffering from this condition exhibit abnormal functioning of certain neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, and disruptions in the nerve pathways that control behavior. As a result, the brain’s ability to inhibit certain responses is decreased, affecting anything from movement and sleeping to learning and attentiveness.
What chiropractic care can do for ADHD sufferers is first to identify and eliminate the spinal subluxations that irritate the nervous system through safe chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractors can also request tests to see if any allergies or exposure to chemicals are causing some of the symptoms. Finally, they will also evaluate the dietary habits of patients and suggest alternatives to common problematic foods.
2) Allergies and Asthma
Allergies are triggered when the immune system overreacts to a certain substance (cat dander, peanuts, pollen, dairy, molds, dust, etc.) and produces an excess of neutralizing chemicals to flush out that substance. The results of this immune response include itching, runny eyes and nose, sneezing, swelling, and diarrhea.
Neither conventional medicine nor chiropractic offer a cure for allergies, but rather than taking dangerous drugs that simply mask the symptoms, chiropractic patients have access to safe and natural relief. Through chiropractic adjustments meant to remove any interference in the pathways between the nervous system and the immune system, chiropractors are able to enhance the activity of all immune system functions and lessen the possibility of allergic responses.
3) Ear Infections
According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), there are ten million cases of ear infection diagnosed every year, putting infants and young children through excruciating pain. For many of them, it can turn into a chronic condition, requiring medical treatment – usually meaning a trial-and-error approach involving different antibiotics – year after year.
Chiropractic care prevents the buildup of fluid in the ear and allows patients to develop their own antibodies to speed up recovery. Upper-cervical manipulations focused on the back of the skull and the first vertebra in the neck have been proven effective in the treatment of patients with otitis media.
Other Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Children
Aside from relieving symptoms of serious health conditions in children and adolescents, chiropractic care can also:
- Encourage proper brain and nerve development
- Support healthy nutrition and digestive strength
- Promote good posture and body balance
- Unleash the power of the body to heal itself
- Improve physical and mental health
Your child’s health is their most important possession – get the help of an experienced chiropractor to make sure they grow into physically and mentally sound adults.
About the Author
Dr. Marc Browner is the Founder of iChiropractic and Wellness in Naples, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida in 1991, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education seminars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field.