Over the last few years, there have been many that have questioned whether chiropractic care is safe and effective for kids. Have you ever wondered about this question? Do infants and kids benefit from a chiropractic check-up and care? This is an important article that could give you a bit of an insight.
“Infants are common users of chiropractic care” (1-3)
Lots of infants see Chiropractors every year, is it because of medical referrals? Or is it because of word of mouth referrals? With most common spinal issues, there is evidence that chiropractic may help maintain and manage those problems. How about care for infants? There are scientific papers that favour Chiropractic care for infants, but like all research there needs to be more to create a greater scientific/medical consensus. However, perhaps one group of critics are usually forgotten among these discussions, the ones who knows the infants’ best; their mothers.
In a recent research literature, reports by mothers of their infants’ conditions before and after a trial of chiropractic care was looked at. It was reported that on average, mothers reported that chiropractic care for their infants was effective, safe and cost-effective. So on average the changes observed in their infants were positive and may be clinically relevant, though more research needs to be done to have a bigger study size as only 1092 mothers completed follow up forms. (4)
If you want to find out if chiropractic may support you or your loved ones’ infant, chat with one of our chiropractors to see if they can assist.
“With so much changes within the early stages of life, it’s important to make sure that everything is functioning well to assist them with their development process!”
(1)Hestbaek L, Jørgensen A, Hartvigsen J. A description of children and adolescents in Danish chiropractic practice: results from a nationwide survey. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2009;32(8):607-615.
(2) MillerJ.Demographicsurveyofpediatricpatientspresentingto a chiropractic teaching clinic. Chiropr Osteopat. 2010;18:33.
(3) Allen-Unhammer A, Willson FJH, Hestbaek L. Children and adolescents presenting to chiropractors in Norway: National Health Insurance data and a detailed survey. Chiropr Man Therap. 2016;24:29-38.
(4) Miller, J.E., Hanson, H.A., Hiew, M., Kwong, D.S.L.T., Mok, Z. and Tee, Y.H., 2019. Maternal report of outcomes of chiropractic care for infants. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 42(3), pp.167-176.
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