Rising Trend | Chiropractic Care for Infants
Chiropractic care has been a form of treatment for pain and discomfort for adults, without the use of over the counter medications. From neck pain to pinched nerves, using a chiropractor can be more effective over a long period of time in comparison to some dangerous surgeries or pain killers. Recently, it has been found that chiropractic care has been trending among children and infants.
"The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association says pediatric visits to chiropractors jumped from 30 million in 2000 to 68 million by 2009," said CBS 5 (kpho.com). From ear infections, fussiness to eating problems, these are just some of the few infant problems that chiropractors are able to help alleviate with just a few techniques.
The first concern that arises, is how would a chiropractor use the same techniques they would on an adult, on an infant.
"It's a very minimal amount of force necessary to adjust an infant," Dr. Tyler Schwanz said on CBS 5 (kpho.com). "Just to supply a sustained amount of pressure in a particular vector or direction to be able to realign that bone and stimulate the nervous system to the point where it can function properly." It's suggested that infants and small children respond best to chiropractic care because they are so young.
As adults we have formed scar tissue and multiple problems with various parts of our bodies over the years, but with a young child, their body is still in a very healthy state. "My most rewarding visits are with kids," said Dr. Sean Curry, East Bank Chiropractic (Medill Reports-Chicago). "Because they don't have a lot of scar tissue build up, they respond to care the quickest and the fastest."
Because children respond faster to the treatment, it's a favored treatment over antibiotics that a child may or may not respond to at all.
"From bowel movements and nursing to earaches, I have a lot of parents who have done rounds and rounds and round of antibiotics and are just wanting to add something different---to see if it can help," explains Dr. Michelle Rupe-Switzer (kpho.com). Always an alternative to invasive medications, chiropractic care is a decision that can benefit patients both young and old.
All parents want to make sure they are putting their child in the right hands, and there are qualified chiropractors who understand safety, and know how to properly adjust a child. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective option that can alleviate pain in adults and children, and your chiropractor may be able to address any of the parental concerns you may have.