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Is your child at home with one of these issues while you are getting Chiropractic Care?

Crosby Chiropractic St. Peters

Is your child at home with one of these issues while you are getting Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic has been taking care of children for various conditions for more than 100 years.

A survey of chiropractors in the United States, Canada and Australia and a report by the
American Chiropractic Association both found that most chiropractors treat children and that
only 10% of the issues they treat in children are not musculoskeletal. In children under the age
of 18, chiropractic is commonly used to treat conditions ranging from colic and bedwetting to
asthma and recurrent ear infections and for illness and biomechanical injury prevention. A
survey of Canadian chiropractors identified that children are treated for musculoskeletal
conditions 40% of the time, preventative care was 24% of the visits, headaches 7% of visits, and
ear infections 5% of the visits. Miscellaneous health issues were treated for 24% of the visits.

Illness prevention accounted for a large proportion of visits for children younger than age four
years, with treatment for musculoskeletal conditions increasing with age. Spinal manipulation
was, by far, the most common form of therapy provided, followed by exercises, soft tissue
treatment, and postural and nutritional counselling.
What do chiropractors treat in Children?
1. Musculoskeletal Pain
1. Neck, mid back and low back pain
2. Walking/crawling issues
3. Joint pain (wrist, knee, shoulder, ankle)
4. Growing Pains – these occur when a healthy, normal, young child, experiences
intense pain in the middle of the night for 10 to 15 minutes in both legs (knees,
thighs, calves or shins)
5. Scoliosis
2. Neurological Issues
1. Headaches

2. Autism
3. Balance issues
4. Cerebral Palsy and other movement disorders
5. ADD/ADHD/Behavioral issues
6. Crying/Irritability/Sleep Issues
7. Developmental issues
8. Cognitive issues
3. Gastrointestinal
1. Digestive issues
2. Constipation issues
3. Eating issues
4. Esophageal Reflux
5. Bowel issues
6. Colic – (infants with unexplained persistent crying)
4. Genitourinary
1. Menstrual cramps
2. Abnormal cycles
3. Bed wetting
5. Immune
1. Allergies/Asthma/Eczema/Skin Rashes
2. Food sensitivities
3. Respiratory issues
6. Infections
1. Ear infections
2. Ear-nose-throat problems
3. Common cold
4. Flu
A 2008 study by Miller and Benfield looked at children 3 years old or younger to evaluate the
adverse effects of chiropractic care in that age group. Less than 1% of child patients
experienced negative side effects and the adverse reactions to chiropractic were mild in
nature, short lived and required no medical intervention. The typical reaction was for the child

to cry while getting treatment. A 2012 study looked at over 50,000 adjustments in children
under the age of 18 and identified 0.2% mild side effects, 0.009% moderate side effects and
zero reporting any severe side effects. 
Is chiropractic safer than medicine for children?

Because the actions of medications is babies and children are not the same as those for adults,
there should be and have not been studies on how medicines work in the young. Side effects of
drugs in children in the United States has not been well researched. The studies that have been
done in the United States and Europe show adverse drug reactions among hospitalized children
to be 9.5%, with severe reactions in 12% of the child population studied. 

Use of drugs for conditions they were not approved for (off-label) to treat children is
widespread. “Adverse drug reactions are a significant problem following unlicensed or off-label
drug prescriptions,” stated one study in 1999. This practice is more common today that it was
then.
It would seem that your child is having issues that you might want to explore what chiropractic
can safely offer as a treatment before considering medicating your child. 

References:
Marchand, Aurelie (2012) 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, 35 (5) 372-380
Miller, J. E., & Benfield, K. (2008). Adverse effects of spinal manipulative therapy in children younger
than 3 years: A retrospective study in a chiropractic teaching clinic. Journal of Manipulative and
Physiological Therapeutics, 31(6), 419-423.
Le, J., Nguyen, T., Law, A., Hodding, J. (2006) Adverse Drug reactions Among Children Over a 10-Year
Period, Pediatrics, 118 (2) 555-562
Adverse drug reactions to unlicensed and off-label drugs on paediatric wards: a prospective study. S
Turner1, AJ Nunn1, K Fielding2, I Choonara3, Acta Paediatrica Volume 88, Issue 9, pages 965–968,
September 1999

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