The modern Chiropractor can be called on to provide care for patients of all ages. Children are the easiest to help, for their spinal problems are not of long standing, and they respond quickly. There is no age limit on those who might benefit from Chiropractic care, and many patients come with long standing problems that other healing avenues have not been able to help. In many cases like these where patients at last find relief, it is due to Chiropractic treatment of the cause of the problem rather than its effect.
Family chiropractic treatments are tailored to every child according to their specific circumstances, including their height and weight. There is no minimum age and even newborns may safely benefit. In fact, chiropractic care is encouraged for babies as a chiropractic physician may be able to detect spinal problems that could lead to colic, ear infection or asthma. Early detection may help prevent the development of these conditions and other complications while improving a young patient’s quality of life.
Chiropractic and Your Family
A growing number of families in the U.S.—both parents and children—are discovering the benefits of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), including family chiropractic care. The good news is that you’re never too young or too old to benefit from the types of therapies a skilled chiropractic physician can provide. Today’s state-licensed family chiropractors generally have the training and experience to work with patients from early childhood through to advanced age. However, some practitioners also choose to focus on the unique needs of specific types of patients.
Many chiropractors who specialize in pediatrics are members of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and have attended postgraduate courses that focus on the care of pregnant mothers, infants and children. The ICPA is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1986 by Larry Webster, DC. The association offers advanced training workshops and seminars for healthcare professionals, in addition to its chiropractic certification. It also has a referral service for parents and publishes a wide variety of materials designed to educate the general public about chiropractic medicine for children and adults.
As children enter school and begin interacting more with other kids in a different setting, they become susceptible to having their spine and nervous system compromised. From poor sitting posture in the classroom to heavy backpacks in the hallways and rough-housing on the playground, there are a variety of new health risks. Family chiropractic care can help address these sorts of risks as well as others that may seem less obvious.
Studies have shown that children who visit the family chiropractor on a regular basis are likely to grow up with better posture and have fewer illnesses than their classmates. If you’d like to find out more about children and chiropractic care, please call our office today to make an appointment.
Our Family Policy
Ours is a “family practice” and we are always honored to be chosen the “family doctor.”
If another member of your family requires care, please feel free to bring this to our attention and to discuss it with us.
We do ask that the spouse of a new patient be present during the initial “Report of Findings.” This often saves time as questions about care and procedures can be answered to everyone’s satisfaction.
Our policy is to examine all members of your family.