More and more people are choosing alternative and complementary medicine for themselves, so it should not be surprising that more and more of these same people are choosing chiropractic care for their children. The ailments that chiropractors for kids face are not always so different from those that adults suffer from, but there can be significant differences in the treatment methodologies. Pediatric chiropractic care is a growing subspecialty within the field of chiropractic care, with more and more chiropractors choosing to offer this type of treatment.
A number of different pediatric conditions can be treated through chiropractic care. There are different levels of evidence regarding the efficacy of chiropractic treatment for various conditions, and our doctors can tell you if they have seen success treating your child's type of ailment. Chiropractic care for older children and teenagers is often used to provide relief for musculoskeletal problems like those commonly seen in adults, while care for younger children is often focused on more whole-body ailments:
Some studies show benefits from chiropractic care for these conditions in adults and children, and some only in adults. This is mainly because the majority of chiropractic care is still utilized by adults at this time, so studies based on children are limited. As research is done, it is coming to be better understood which common (and less common) childhood ailments can be best treated using chiropractic care. For ailments where there is conflicting evidence about how effective chiropractic care is, more research is especially necessary to tease out the confounding factors and get a true picture of how chiropractic can help.
Because children's bodies are still forming, it is essential that they are treated with types of care appropriate to their age and development level. Some pediatric chiropractors endorse the use of faster, lower-force adjustments, for example. Joint mobilization, which works a bit differently than traditional joint manipulation, may also be considered more appropriate in some cases concerning children. In general, the older the child, the more similar their care is to that of an adult.
Certain types of traditional chiropractic adjustment for adults are not believed to be appropriate for children due to the softer, more cartilaginous nature of their joints and the possibility of damaging the growth plates. A doctor who tells you that chiropractic care is exactly the same for children and adults should be avoided. Our chiropractors would be glad to speak to you about the nature of pediatric chiropractic care that is offered through our clinic.
Here at Back To Basics Chiropractic in Kennewick, WA, our doctors are trained to help you feel better utilizing holistic, full-body techniques that can benefit children as well as adults. If you have any questions about pediatric chiropractic care, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for yourself or a child, call us today at 509-783-2225. We look forward to your call.
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