ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Why should children see a chiropractor?

Updated on January 24, 2014

Do I need to take my child for a checkup?

 

Why do chiropractors see children?

This is an often asked question. I think it stems from the image that people see why they might go to see a chiropractor. Probably the most common reason a person seeks out a chiropractor is for back pain, and chiropractic often does have a very effective solution for this common problem. However chiropractic is much more than a back pain reliever.

Chiropractic works on the premise that the body works as a whole and is therefore referred to as a "holistic" treatment. The brain is the controller of your whole body. For example, if you want to pick up a glass the brain fires a signal down yor spine to the appropriate muscle group/s and then you are able to pick up the glass. (In reality it is a bit more complicated than that but the preceding was a synopsis of what occurs). So in order to function properly the brain needs to talk to the rest of your body.

The spinal cord is the pathway that leads from your brain, within your spine down your back. From the spinal cord branches of nerves come off to supply the muscles of your body and also the internal organs. The brain therefore controls your whole body, not only the muscles but your breathing, heart, urinary function and every cell of your body.

So if you come in with back pain the chiropractor will ask you not only about the pain, where it is, how long have you had it etc but they will also ask you about the rest of your health. This history gives us an insight as to what is happening in your body. Is the message getting through from the brain to the back and to all areas of the body.? Where might the blockage or interference in the body be located?

As an adult or older child you are able to tell us these things. You are able to say where it hurts, when it started, if you had a fall or sitting long hours at a desk. As a infant or toddler you are unable to do so. You can't say that you were stuck for nine months in an awkward position that put pressure on your neck. You can't say that being pulled out by forceps put pressure on your head and now you have a headache and upsets your tummy. As a toddler you can't say that sitting for hours in the car seat has made you uncomfortable or irritable. That sitting in the one position has tightened you neck so that the fluid cannot drain from your ears and now you have an earache. All you can do is cry, become irritable, not eat properly or digest you food properly, and not sleep well. As this small child you cannot articulate any of these things into words all you can do is show us how you feel.

When a child is seen by a chiropractor with a special interest in Paediatrics they will be given a thorough check. We want to make sure that your child begins life with the best possible potential. Whether your child presents with symptoms or just a check-up a thorough history of the birth and labour process is always taken. This is then followed by a thorough physical examination appropriate for their age. A neurodevelopmental screening then follows. We want to know how your child is developing. Is their brain communicating with the rest of their body so that they are developing appropriately.

Quite commonly the birthing process causes undue strain on the neck and shoulder complex, this might result in plagiocephaly (misshaped head) and/or torticollis.  With the right management this is often easily ameliorated.

So why bring a baby to a chiropractor? So that they might reach their full potential, to give them the best start in life to make sure their development is appropriate, and to dissipate any discomfort.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      kelsey 

      3 years ago

      I have never thought about taking my kids to the chiropractor before. My son has had some injuries from football over the years. I wonder if seeing a chiropractor would help him. http://www.oremchiropractor.com

    • backchat profile imageAUTHOR

      Lara Cawthra 

      6 years ago from Camberley, Surrey

      Dear Dendenmon,

      Thank you for your comments.

      A baby can be seen at any age even if only days old. However I would recommend that you seek out a chiropractor who has a special interest in this area.

    • backchat profile imageAUTHOR

      Lara Cawthra 

      6 years ago from Camberley, Surrey

      Dear Dendenmon,

      Thank you for your comments.

      A baby can be seen at any age even if only days old. However I would recommend that you seek out a chiropractor who has a special interest in this area.

    • profile image

      dendenmom 

      6 years ago

      What age can a baby be seen?

    • restrelax profile image

      restrelax 

      6 years ago from Los angeles CA

      chiropractic is safe even for babies. The techniques used are very gentle, the same pressure as you would use to check a ripe tomatois used

    • profile image

      backchat 

      6 years ago

      Dear concerned onlooker,

      Thank you again for your comments. It's great to hear you have tried to discuss things with your boyfriend. It may be that he is just not comfortable discussing health matters.

      It is always easier to prevent a condition rather than try to fix it once it has already happened. Pain is a sign that something is under strain or not working properly. Therefore even if you are feeling only a mild pain it is better to address it before it becomes a chronic problem.

      hope this helps

    • profile image

      Concerned Onlooker 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for your response. I've told my boyfriend my opinions on the matter, but he just changes the subject. He's only go to a chiropractor because he has back pain after working. He's not working a regular full time job and it seems silly to be seeing a chiropractor now when my dad is 47 and has worked in small crawl spaces, nealing down all day, crouched over in small area's for over 20 years and he has just started seeing a chiropractor. For that situation I can understand. Not really for an 18 year old who has mild back pain.

    • profile image

      backchat 

      6 years ago

      Dear concerned onlooker,

      Thank you for your comments.

      I will try to address your concerns one at a time.

      However as I do not know your boyfriends health status or condition I cannot comment on his treatment specifically.

      In the initial stages of treatment it may be necessary to have more regular treatment. Then when the patient's condition is more stable less frequent treatment may be required. As the treatment progresses symptoms such as pain should subside.

      It is up to the patient as go whether he wants to go regularly. Once his condition is stable and health status normal he may choose regular maintenance care to help him maintain his health status. How frequent this is largely depends on the patient's lifestyle and contributing factors.

      With respect to the chiropractor working on babies, this is very safe and effective. The babies are treated differently to adults. As different babies are very different at each stage of development the chiropractor who treats babies will have a deep understanding of the conditions that may arise at each stage.

      Have you discussed your concerns with your boyfriend and his chiropractor? They may be best placed to answer more specific concerns you may have.

    • profile image

      Concerned Onlooker 

      6 years ago

      My boyfriend has being seeing a chiropractor for about three weeks now and to be honest it really makes me nervous. He's only 18 and I'm afraid if he starts seeing a chiropractor now he will forever be in pain if there is a time when his parents aren't paying for it and he can't afford it. The chiro that he is seeing is a very nice woman who explained what she does and how it effects him, but is it really necessary for him to go three times a week? It also doesn't sit well with me that she works on babies. She explained why again about that as well, but it just doesn't seem right babies seem too fragile to be pushed on and cracked. I guess it's just a matter of opinion and me being ignorant about the subject.

    • restrelax profile image

      restrelax 

      6 years ago from Los angeles CA

      Very nice information on hub.

    • profile image

      Ekmommy 

      7 years ago

      My children have been seeing a chiropractor a little over a year now (ages 7 & 8) and I wish that I had taken them when they were babies! Their overall health has improved so much so, that when other children are missing school for illness, my children are fine. My oldest used to suffer from daily headaches and now she is headache-free. My children don't mind the adjustments they receive at all, and often times will let me know if they feel like they need one. My family is the healthiest we have ever been thanks to chiropractic. Even my husband (who was a non-believer for years) now goes regularly!

    • backchat profile imageAUTHOR

      Lara Cawthra 

      7 years ago from Camberley, Surrey

      Thank you for your comments - will look into the grammar

    • profile image

      becmack 

      7 years ago

      Check your second sentence. it doesn't make sense. "I think it stems from the image that people see why they might go to see a chiropractor. " What image? Is why a type?

    • profile image

      Concerned 

      7 years ago

      Thank you so much for your reply...

      Before I read this I had actually decided not to bring him back and this reply has reinforced it. I was so shocked that he had done that to my son that I didnt say anything to the chiro at the time. I wish I had now but I am really not comfortable with the fact he did such an adjustment without asking me first.

      I was recommended him by a friend who brought their baby so I assumed he was good. I have since found out he is not qualifed in paediatric chiropractics but does advertise that he does pregnancy and paediatric care.

      I have found another who is qualified and specialises in Kids and practices the SOT technique you mentioned so I will be bringing him there next week.

      Thank you again and I guess a mothers instinct is right :)

    • profile image

      backchat 

      7 years ago

      Hi Concerned,

      The kind of adjustment you described is safe to do on a 13 month old. It is unlikely that he is being hurt by the adjustments. However it is not one that I would do. That being said I do not "pop" any patients especially children.

      It is possible that your son was upset because the movement to achieve this adjustment can sometimes appear to be quite great. Imagine if someone suddenly jumped behind you when you weren't expecting it, this would make you jump, perhaps scare or frighten and upset you.

      If you are in anyway concerned about the treatment technique or any aspect of the management of your child discuss it with your chiropractor. He/she should be able to adapt the treatment to suit you both.

      If the chiropractor is unable to adapt to suit you both then I would recommend taking your son to a chiropractor who has specialist training in paediatrics not just a general chiropractor who sees children occasionally. It may be worth asking the chiropractor if they utilise a manual adjustment (as you have described) or a tonal technique which uses a gentle force similar to that used to check a ripe tomato. Some tonal technques include SOT, NIP or cranial-sacral

      I hope this helps, please do not hesitate to post again if I can be of further assistance

    • profile image

      Concerned 

      7 years ago

      Hi,

      I have brought my child to chiropractor 3 times now for recurrent ear infections. He gets quite upset and I hope it is not because he is being hurt by the adjustments but rather he is just anxious. Up until yesterday the chiropractor has been using the instrument that taps my toddler or else gentle pressure but yesterday he twisted my sons neck to pop it. He said it was a faster way instead of using the instrument as my son was quite upset. I did not feel comfortable with it and now am really worried he might have damaged him...is it safe for him to do those adjustments on a 13month old?

      I really was hoping the chiro would be able to help with the ear infections but now am thinking I should not go back in case he injures him :(

    • profile image

      babydoctor 

      7 years ago

      To Concerned Parent-

      I am a chiropractic pediatrician specializing in infant and toddler care. We don't "pop" bones to make the patient feel better and its great that theres nothing wrong with your friends children and she continues to send them to be seen. A big reason of why there's nothing wrong with her children is because they are seen. Research proves that chiropractic babies and children grow stronger healthier immune systems, they are less prone to colic, to ear infections, and other childhood ailments such as the common cold and flu virus. Birth is one of the most traumatic experiences in the human lifespan placing an almost 70lbs of pressure on the infants head as it passes through the birth canal. The result is many babies suffer neck trauma from being born especially if forceps are used in the birthing process. By having the young child adjusted and removing this interference it allows its tiny immune system to function at an optimal rate and allows the baby to grow as healthy as possible. I ask you this- as a parent, don't you want your children to have the best chance at being as healthy as possible? Chiropractic care for babies is extremely gentle. No "popping" of joints takes place. This has nothing to do with the doctor out to "get paid" it has everything to do with allowing the pediatric patient to grow to thier best and healthiest potential.

    • profile image

      concerned parent 

      8 years ago

      I have always been told that popping of the bones through out life will eventually cause arthritus and other similar symptoms. So im not exactly unserstanding why anyone in their right mind would send their infant or small child to the chiropractor. I have a friend that sends her babys to these people two or three times a month. Theres nothing wrong with these children. One is a year old and the other is only a few months, I asked her why she takes them and shr tells me that its because she goes and it makes her back feel better and because the chiropractor sais so. Whatever I say. I guess everyone has to get paid.

    • profile image

      los angeles chiropractic 

      8 years ago

      Great stuff. very incisive post, i really appreciate it. The example you have shown in your post is really good and easily understandable. Thanks for sharing.

    • profile image

      backchat 

      8 years ago

      Hi Will,

      I am glad your son benefitted from massage in regards to his club foot. Please be assured that chiropractic is safe even for babies. The techniques used are very gentle, the same pressure as you would use to check a ripe tomatois used. No "clicking" of bones takes place.

      The treatment protocol is not intended to move bones into place but to have an effect on the nervous system. By helping the nervous system function its best the person is able to function at their full potential

    • profile image

      Will 

      8 years ago

      I have benefitted greatly from chiropractic, as have many others I know. But I am not sure about children, especially babies. It would seem to be a dangerous thing to do when the bones are not fully formed. Or maybe that is the best time? I know that my son was prevented from growing up with a twisted (club) foot simply by massaging the foot into position as he grew. It worked great, so maybe this does have some merit.

    • profile image

      Chiropractor Gresham Oregon 

      8 years ago

      thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with a Chiropractor.. I am also wanting to try it for my child.. Inspiring..

    • profile image

      JAMIE 

      9 years ago

      WE RECENTLY TOOK OUR 2 YEAR OLD SON TO A CHIROPRACTOR FOR THE FIRST TIME BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN VERY IRRITABLE SINCE BIRTH, SEEMS TO BE OFF BALANCE AT TIMES AND HAS A SPEECH DELAY. HE HAS HAD HIS HEARING CHECKED, WENT TO A PED. ENT AND NOW GOING TO SEE A PED NEUROLOGIST. CURRENTLY IN SPEECH THERAPY TWICE A WEEK. SINCE BEING AT THE CHIROPRACTOR ONE TIME HE SEEMS TO BE ALITTLE LESS IRRITABLE. WE WERE TOLD THAT IF IT WAS BOTHERING HIS EARS OR BLOCKING CERTAIN NERVES THAT THAT MAYBE THE REASON HE HAS DELAYED SPEECH AND I WISH I WOULD HAVE TAKEN HIM TO THE CHIROPRACTOR SOONER. WE HOPE TO SEE SOME MORE PROGRESS WITH HIM

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)