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.
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)