Pediatrics

Many adults see a chiropractor to improve their general health and to prevent pain, but did you know that chiropractic is great for kids, too?

Our doctors see many children in our Gainesville, FL office, and the scientific literature backs up what we see every day: Chiropractic is safe and effective for keeping your kids healthy.

Studies show that chiropractic adjustments can help with ADHD, anxiety, asthma, bed-wetting, sports-related injuries, exercise and nutritional guidance, and colic. Chiropractic can even boost the function of your kid’s immune system, helping to keep them happy and well.

As a parent, you’re concerned about keeping your kids healthy, but you also want to make sure that any kind of healthcare they receive is safe and natural. Chiropractic is both! A 2012 study looked at the records of 921 chiropractors to investigate the safety of chiropractic. The author found no serious adverse reactions to chiropractic adjustments.

A new survey of European chiropractors confirmed that chiropractic is safe for kids. Less than 1% of children experienced side effects from chiropractic treatments, and they were all mild. No serious side effects were reported.

The survey included 956 chiropractors from 20 different European countries who had a total of nearly 20,000 pediatric visits a month. In the survey, 57% of pediatric patients were treated for musculoskeletal conditions, 23% for neurological issues, 12% for gastrointestinal complaints, and a smaller number were treated for infections or other miscellaneous concerns. Children represented 8.1% of chiropractors’ patient base in Europe, lower than in the US average of 17%.

As more parents realize the benefits and safety of chiropractic for children, many chiropractors say they’re beginning to see more kids in their offices according to a recent story from WAFB 9 News.

Reference

Marchand A. Chiropractic Care of Children from Birth to Adolescence and Classification of Reported Conditions: An Internet Cross-Sectional Survey of 956 European Chiropractors. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2012; 35 (5):372-380.

Chiropractic is great because it doesn’t use drugs or risky surgery to optimize health: it’s truly an all-natural approach.

ADHD

Tantrums. Hyperactivity. Inattention. If you have a child diagnosed as ADHD, you know how challenging it is to find safe, effective treatments. This guide will help you learn why chiropractic care is becoming an increasingly popular treatment for ADHD.

Conventional treatment vs Chiropractic care
Conventional medicine usually prescribes medications to relieve symptoms. One of the most frequently prescribed, the stimulant Ritalin, can be effective for some, but it also may trigger a laundry list of side effects, from headaches and nausea to irritability and insomnia. In addition, stimulant drugs aren’t effective for up to 30 percent of children.

Chiropractic care is different. Chiropractors believe that ADHD is caused by muscular and skeletal imbalances that interfere with brain activity. When a chiropractor adjusts the spine, the message pathways are cleared, so the brain and spine can communicate properly with the rest of the body.

Does chiropractic care work?
Small-scale studies have shown promising results for chiropractic care’s effect on ADHD symptoms, including one that found spinal manipulations were 24% more effective than common ADHD medications. Another study found that chiropractic care reduced overt behavior activity by more than 70%, and 57% of the participant’s parents reported lower levels of hyperactivity.

Since chiropractors are focused on total wellness, they also may recommend therapies to complement spinal adjustments, like dietary changes. He or she may suggest foods or vitamins that can correct nutritional deficiencies.

You know how challenging life can be for your ADHD child and your family. You owe it to them to find a drug-free, non-invasive treatment for your child’s condition. 

References
Kidd, Parris M. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Children: Rationale for Its Integrative Management. Alternative Medicine Review 2000 (Oct); 5 (5): 402–428

Giesen JM, Center DB, Leach RA: An evaluation of chiropractic manipulation as a treatment for hyperactivity in children. JMPT 1989;12:353-363.

Walton EV: “The effects of chiropractic treatment on students with learning and behavioral impairments due to neurological dysfunction.” International Review of Chiropractic 1975;29:4-5:24-26.

Incontinence

Bedwetting is an embarrassing and stressful situation for children and their parents. Just because it is a common problem doesn’t make it any easier for you or your child. The good news is that chiropractic care can alleviate some of the possible causes of this condition. Here are the facts about bedwetting:

1.It doesn’t usually stop on its own.
This is one of the most common misperceptions about bedwetting. In fact, only about 15% of children who don’t get treatment will stop wetting the bed on their own.

2. Medication can’t cure bedwetting.
Prescription drugs can only treat the symptoms. Although medications are effective for some kids, bedwetting typically resumes as soon as treatment is stopped. In other words, drugs treat the symptom instead of solving the problem, and drugs have potential side effects. The commonly prescribed Tofranil, an antidepressant, has been known to trigger everything from insomnia and anxiety to seizures and low blood pressure. Why seek a solution that causes more problems?

3. Chiropractic care offers drug-free treatment.
Chiropractic care offers a safe way to reduce or eliminate bedwetting. In adults, the large bone at the base of the spine, or sacrum, is fused into one large piece, while in children it is five unfused segments. It is not uncommon for these segments to become misaligned, interfering with the messages that tell the bladder what to do. Spinal manipulation works by relieving irritation on the bladder control nerves located in the sacrum.

Several published studies have shown that spinal manipulation works as a bedwetting treatment. One study of over 170 bedwetting children found that those who received chiropractic care showed a 50% reduction in nighttime accidents.

References
van Poecke AJ, Cunliffe C. Chiropractic Treatment for Primary Nocturnal Enuresis:next term A Case Series of 33 Consecutive Patients. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. October 2009. 32:8 675-681

Colic

We see many new parents and we know the challenges of raising kids. When your little one has colic, it’s hard on the whole family, as they appear to be constantly in distress and there seems to be nothing you can do to resolve it, leaving you feeling helpless and frustrated. Well, chiropractic may be just the peaceful resolution (for both of you) that you’re looking for.

Research Shows Chiropractic Relieves Colic

Research studies have found that one week of chiropractic care is often enough to “significantly” reduce a colicky infant’s crying time, shortening it dramatically in the process. There are many theories as to why colic exists, from digestive issues to hormones to over-sensitivity, but one thing is clear: whatever the cause, chiropractic may be the solution.

This means that your baby will spend less time crying and more time laughing and learning. It also means that you get more quality time playing with and loving him or her versus trying to console or calm the tears. It’s a great trade-off, don’t you think?

References

Miller JE, Newell D, Bolton J. Efficacy of chiropractic manual therapy on infant colic: a pragmatic single-blind, randomized controlled trial. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2012;35(8):600-607.

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