Kids find a new way to adjust: Chiropractors
March 6, 2012
By Chiro One Wellness Centers
Chiropractic care is traditionally thought of as something an adult might try if they had an injury, headache, backache or car accident. Right in line with our Western medical philosophy, most people only think of going to a Medical professional AFTER they have pain, a noticeable symptom, or trauma. As a society we are so inundated with information that leaves us to believe that the ONLY answer to our illnesses and ailments is either drugs or surgery, that we often times don’t do the research to learn of alternative health care options that are far less harmful and incredibly more effective without the potentially deadly side effects of medications or surgical procedures…especially when we think of our children.
In the month of March, Chiro One Wellness Centers is absolutely committed to educating and treating the children in our communities about the safe and effective results of Chiropractic care. Not just as a non-invasive form of pain relief but for many an answer to finally having a child’s body operate as it was intended and as a result a myriad of common childhood afflictions are removed. Read below for one of many examples of this truth in a USA TODAY news article.
-Brett Penager, Chief Marketing Officer & Co-Founder, Chiro One Wellness Centers
Kids find a new way to adjust: Chiropractors
By Kim Painter, USA TODAY January 18th, 2009
Melanie Booth never expected to take her baby to a chiropractor. But when son Mac was 3 months old and having problems — difficulty with nursing, apparent discomfort when lying on his tummy and a tendency to turn his head only one way — his pediatrician recommended she do just that.
Booth, a university professor in Portland, Ore., found that her lactation consultant and several friends also endorsed chiropractic care for kids.
After one visit, she was a believer, too: As chiropractor Elise Hewitt worked on Mac, “he began to quiver and shake, and it kind of scared my husband and me,” Booth says. “But she explained (she) was releasing energy that was stored up incorrectly in his body and particularly his spine. … And almost immediately, we saw a change in his ability to move his neck.” The nursing and tummy time problems cleared up, too, Booth says, as Mac continued treatments over several months.
Stories such as Booth’s help explain why nearly 3% of children in the USA were treated with chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation in 2007, making it the second-most common form of complementary or alternative medicine for children, a government report said recently. (Most common: natural products, such as fish oil and herbs.)
But stories are not studies. Even practitioners such as Hewitt, president of the American Chiropractic Association’s council on pediatrics, concede their work is not backed by the kinds of studies that would be required if chiropractic care were a drug. As the government report noted, “there is insufficient proof that (alternative practices) are safe and effective.” The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which released the report, was created to fill the research ga
p.Chiropractors say they welcome the scrutiny. Hewitt says: “I wish there were more high-level studies.” But she also says she is comfortable treating kids based on preliminary research, 100 years of chiropractic history and her own experiences.
Harm is ‘rare, but possible’
One large safety review, published in 2007, did find a few serious injuries in children, including one death from a brain bleed and one case of paralysis. But there was no proof spinal manipulation caused the injuries and no way to estimate how common such injuries might be, says Sunita Vohra of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.
“Serious harms may be rare but are possible,” she says. She is working on further studies.
“I suspect that adverse events are very rare,” says Kathi Kemper, professor of pediatrics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. She wouldn’t refer a child to a chiropractor for non-musculoskeletal problems but wouldn’t ask parents to stop visits if they perceive benefi
ts.Word-of-mouth, not research, brings most parents to Jeanne Ohm, a chiropractor in Media, Pa., and executive coordinator of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Parents “are usually referred by someone whose asthma went away or whose ear infections went away,” she says.
Ohm says she does not promise to cure any ailment in a particular child. She emphasizes broader goals: “Taking stress and tension off the nervous system affects their whole physical body and their mental state. We look at the whole person.”
Source: USA TODAYIn an effort to bring the healing power of Chiropractic to kids, Chiro One Wellness Centers is hosting ‘Spring into Healthy Kids’ Month’ in March, offering free spinal health exams to kids ages 0 to 18 years at all 73 Chiro One locations in Chicagoland, Kentucky & Texas. Book your appointment NOW at (877) 724-4761 or . Enter PROMO CODE: Healthy Kids