Pediatrics and Chiropractic Care
Pediatric care isn't new for chiropractic medicine, but it is gaining followers.
According to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, pediatric
patients can be helped with a host of problems, including ADHD, ear infections,
coordination problems, headaches, general wellness, autism, sleeping problems,
food allergies, asthma, and other acute and chronic conditions children face
Overall, children who receive chiropractic care throughout their formative years
have a much healthier immune system, experience colds and flu less often and
are less likely to experience depression.
At a typical visit to a pediatric chiropractor, the child is accompanied by his
or her mother or father at all times just like a traditional M.D. visit. The
doctor asks the parent about any changes in the child, improvements or
what may have been grown worse. The chiropractor then feels the child's
spine, normally with the child laying on his or her stomach, on a special table
or with new borns, the baby is often placed on the parents stomach for
reassurance. The pediatric chiropractor then adjusts subluxations joints
that are out of alighment either with the doctor's hands, or with a small
device that helps to push the bone back in place.
The child then turns over onto his or her back, and the pediatric chiropractic
doctor adjusts the neck. If the child has an ear infection, the goal is to help
open up the eustachian tube, so that any infections can clear out. If a child
bumps his or her head, on the other hand, the doctor's goal is to put the
bones back in place so that the nerves than then be adjusted and bring the
child back into wellness.
Child chiropractic appointments run about ten minutes, and the younger the
patient is when they start, the more acclimated he or she becomes to the
visits and may actually come to enjoy being adjusted because the find them-
selves feeling better. Many parents report ear infections as the main reason for
bringing kids to chiropractors; chiropractic doctors do not use antibiotics to
relieve ear infections, instead sending children with difficult-to-heal ear infections
to pediatricians for further care.
Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder is another childhood condition that chiropractors help to treat. While no legitimate chiropractor would ever claim to be able to cure ADHD, there are certain treatments that can help children to feel less restless, to exhibit better impulse control, and a have greater focus in the classroom. Chiropractic zooms in on wellness, (chiropractic pediatric specialists dont use pres cription medications), and use spinal adjustments to help children.
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