Chiropractic care for newborn babies has always been controversial. People scrutinize chiropractors, saying it is unscientific and unneeded. If adults are not confident in this alternative treatment method, then they surely won’t let chiropractors treat their children.
Most skeptics would dismiss it, or at the very least question the philosophy behind chiropractic care. This often comes from the simple fact that they are unaware of its benefits. But those who wonder what chiropractic care can do for their child might be pleased with the answers. Spinal manipulation has been growing in popularity recently, and for good reason.
For adults, chiropractic care works as an effective alternative to prescription pills for the treatment of pain. It comes in handy since opioids have an addictive quality that can lead to overdose. Your chiropractor can help you manage pain by realigning your spine and joints, allowing the body to heal itself naturally. This means you get to avoid the unwanted side effects of pain-relieving medications.
As for children, pediatric chiropractic care may help them form a healthy foundation as they grow older.
The American Chiropractic Association reports that there is an increase in demand for pediatric chiropractic care. The number of kids under chiropractic care has more than doubled to 68 million visits annually.
“Chiropractic care for children offers a family a solid foundation for wellness. Throughout pregnancy, birth and childhood, the chiropractic lifestyle offers choices and benefits for the child’s greater health and well-being,” said Jeanne Ohm of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association or ICPA.
Kids can Benefit from It
Research shows that chiropractic care is helpful even for kids. A survey study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Research compared 200 chiropractors’ and 200 pediatricians’ patients to see the differences between the health status of children raised by chiropractors or pediatricians, respectively.
The analysis showed that there is a “definite correlation between chiropractic and superior health.”
The study has shown “that children raised under chiropractic care are less prone to infectious processes such as otitis media and tonsillitis, and that their immune systems are better able to cope with allergens such as pollen, weeds, grasses, etc, compared to children raised under allopathic care.”
But pediatric chiropractic care goes beyond that. Most parents might overlook the benefits of chiropractic care after a difficult birth.
A baby with birth trauma or a baby with colic who cries several hours a day can make many new parents feel helpless. Nearly 15 percent of newborn babies are being diagnosed with colic. This common condition is actually treatable.
Chiropractic care is a safe and natural way to ease colic symptoms, thereby reducing the amount of crying that you have to suffer through. The long term benefits of chiropractic care help reduce incidences of waking up at night and throwing temper tantrums.
One study in MIDIRS Midwifery Digest shows a correlation between chiropractic intervention at the infant stage and improvements in sleep, reduction in discomfort and pain, and improved feeding.
It is also worth noting that children who receive chiropractic care have a significantly decreased history of antibiotic use. This indicates a lower susceptibility to bacterial infections as a result of their stronger immune system.
Chiropractic care helps children as they grow older by making sure they are healthier and that their musculoskeletal system develops optimally. Kids who receive chiropractic care tend to be more active and perform better in sports. A study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation reported that athletes who were under chiropractic care improved their agility, balance, power, and reaction time by 30 percent.
As for their mental health, kids who receive these spinal adjustments experience a decrease in anxiety and improved learning retention. This is because they can focus more when they are not feeling any physical discomfort.
Visit a chiropractic clinic near you today and learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care.
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