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Chiropractor for Children and Babies

Chiro-Kids

Kids may benefit from chiropractic too. There is nowadays a greater emphasis towards changing our approach to better health care delivery. One of the main shifts is away from crisis care and toward prevention.

Children go through so many changes as they grow. All of the major systems go through countless developmental stages. The nerve system is the first to develop and controls all the others. It is therefore very important to have the nerve system working at its best in the growing child.

In the early years children are in car seats for long periods, they fall while learning to walk, have accidents while riding bikes or playing footy etc. All of these small traumas may add up over time.

Do Chiropractors See Children?

There are 100,000+ paediatric visits to chiropractors across Australia annually equating to approximately 8.6% of all visits to chiropractors (3).

Australian Chiropractors are trained to care for people across the lifespan, and this includes infants and children at recognised programs accredited by member councils of the Councils on Chiropractic Education International (www.cceintl.org). In accordance with WHO guidelines and others, techniques that are applied to newborns, infants and young children, vary considerably or are significantly modified, from those that are taught to be used on the adult population (9).

Typically chiropractic care of infants and young children involves the use of low-force low amplitude techniques (5, 10, 11). Here at Chiro-Works we don't "crack" infants and babies, we use low-force techniques.

Chiropractic adjustments for infants and children differ significantly from those performed on adults. Infant adjustments are very gentle.

Parent's may consult chiropractors for a wide range of reasons including musculoskeletal problems, headaches, postural concerns, torticollis, plagiocephaly (flattening of the head), trouble breastfeeding to name a few. (4) (5) (6) (7)

To arrange a consultation, call us on 03 9589 0076.

If you have any questions regarding the care of children please call our practice and we would be happy to help.


References

  1. Gutmann G. Blocked Atlantal Nerve Syndrome in babies and infants. Manuelle Medizin. 1987;25:5-10
  2. Fryman VM. Springall P. Effect of Osteopathic Medical Management on Neurologic Development in children. JAOA. 1992;92:729
  3. Lee AC, Li DH, Kemper KJ. Chiropractic care for children. Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine. 2000;154(4):401-7.
  4. Hestbaek L, Jorgensen A, Hartvigsen J. A description of children and adolescents in Danish chiropractic practice: results from a nationwide survey. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2009;32(8):607-15.
  5. Marchand AM. Chiropractic care of children from birth to adolescence and classification of reported conditions: an internet cross-sectional survey of 956 European chiropractors. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2012;35(5):372-80.
  6. Black LI, Clarke TC, Barnes PM, Stussman BJ, Nahin R. Use of complementary health approaches among children aged 4-17 years in the United States: National health interview survey, 2007-2012. National Health Statistics Report. 2015;2015(78):1-18.
  7. Miller JE, Miller L, Sulesund AK, Yevtushenko A. Contribution of chiropractic therapy to resolving suboptimal breastfeeding: a case series of 114 infants. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2009;32(8):670-4.
  8. Miller J, Newell D, Bolton J. Efficacy of Chiropractic Manual Therapy on Infant Colic: A Pragmatic Single-Blind, Randomized Controlled Trial. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2012;35(8):600-7. Page 7 of 7
  9. World Health Organisation. WHO guidelines on basic training and safety in Chiropractic 2005.
  10. Vallone S, Miller J, Larsdotter A, Barham-Floreani J. Chropractic approach to the management of children. Chiropractic & osteopathy. 2010;18(16):1-8.
  11. Miller J. Demographic survey of pediatric patients presenting to a chiropractic teaching clinic. Chiropractic and Osteopathy. 2010;18.