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Pediatric Chiropractic

children Chiropractors do not treat diseases.  Its purpose is to remove spinal stress, a serious and often painless condition many children and adults have.  This stress, minor misalignments, also known as subluxations, interfere with the proper functioning of the nervous system, just like it does in adults.  This can lead to weakened internal organs and organ systems, lower immune resistance and less than optimal health. The childhood ailments in which we can assist with are ear infections, colic, colds, sore throats, fevers, asthma, bed-wetting, allergies, pains, falls, stomach-aches, as well as ADD and ADHD, intellectual disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Developmental Disabilities, among many others. Chiropractic is not only one of the safest and most effective forms of health care, it’s also extremely gentle.  In addition to the amazing results chiropractic has offered, Dr. Jaclyn Debs is Certified by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics, so your child is receiving the best care.

Common Symptoms

It is important to recognize the warning signs, because most subluxations do not cause pain.Sleepy in Class

Infants may show difficulty sleeping, breastfeeding, having issues with digestion (colic and reflux) or elimination. Other warning signs could be one shoulder is higher than the other or a hip is lower.  This makes clothing fit poorly.

Toddlers may experience repeated ear and respiratory infections or chronic sinus infections.

Adolescents may experience asthma, headaches, bedwetting, stomach pain, hyperactivity, behavior problems, frequent colds or infections.

Chiropractic Results

After seeing a chiropractor, according to a 2009 survey by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, parents noticed three unexpected improvements for their children after chiropractic maintenance care:

  1. Better Sleep

  2. Better Behavior

  3. Stronger Immune System

You may be asking yourself why I should see a chiropractor when I have a pediatrician.  The answer is that these are two different types of doctors.

A pediatrician can deliver reactive care and provide medications, when necessary, in times of serious illness and injury.   Their jobs are important, and necessary in times of need.  Reactive means an injury or symptom has already occurred.

A chiropractor provides preventative wellness care and maintenance of the child’s structure, immune system and overall health.  They are proactive, or work to prevent injuries or illness.

The difference is waiting for the tires on your car to wear thin and blow out on the highway (reactive), verses checking your tires and making sure they are good for driving (proactive).

What do the experts say?

“Survey data indicates that the percentage of chiropractic patients under 17 years of age has increased since 1991…. And these studies are showing that chiropractic can help children not only with typical back and neck pain complaints, but also wservices-1ith issues as varied as asthma, chronic ear infections, nursing difficulties, colic and bedwetting.” 1

“Any alteration in form or function in a child may signal the presence of subluxation, and the subluxation may in turn alter the physiology of the child.”2

“For wellness and preventative reasons, parents are advised that children should visit a chiropractor 6 to 12 times a year to be checked for subluxations.”2

“In a pediatric and chiropractic study, it was shown that “Of the 812 clinical cases, 717 indicated experiencing an improvement with their presenting symptoms, while 9 patients reported treatment-related aggravations. These were described as ‘soreness’ or ‘fussy.’ No treatment related complications were reported. Seventy-four cases had reported improvements unrelated to their presenting complaints and described as increased range of motion, improved sleep, improved immune function and improved patient mood.”3

References

  1. ACA. Increasing numbers of children receive pediatric chiropractic care. January, 2009. http://www.acatoday.org/press_css.cfm?CID=3247 Accessed April 10, 2010.
  2. Fallon J. The child patient: A matrix for chiropractic care. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (Supplement). 2005; 6(3).
  3. Alcantara J., Ohm J., Kunz D., Focus Altern Complement er 2007; 12: 03Treatmentrelated aggravations, complications and improvements attributed to chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy of pediatric patients: a practice-based survey of practitioners