Chiropractic care may seem like something reserved for adults. After all, it’s usually used to help with headaches or the aches and pains associated with adult life, such as back and neck pain.’

But chiropractic care also is beneficial for children, from infants all the way up to teens.

Finding the right chiropractor is key to getting the kind of care your child needs to get to full health and well-being.

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Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Babies & Children?

When done correctly by an experienced, trained pediatric chiropractor, pediatric chiropractic care can be extremely beneficial for children of all ages.

Because children’s spines are smaller and more malleable than adult spines, most pediatric chiropractors use adjustable tables and adjustment techniques that put less pressure on young spines. These methods are designed to safely, gently release any subluxations that may be present, bringing your child’s spine into proper alignment and helping decrease symptoms from a variety of conditions.

When Should I Seek Pediatric Chiropractic Care for My Child?

Some families decide to take their child to see a pediatric chiropractor shortly after birth. Many others don’t begin to seek out chiropractic care for their children until a problem arises. Both choices are perfectly valid, and the decision on when to see a chiropractor is entirely up to you and your family.

Before seeking out chiropractic care, however, it’s best to discuss your desires with your child’s pediatrician. This is to help avoid taking a child to the chiropractor who may have a condition that could cause problems during chiropractic care.

What Conditions Can Pediatric Chiropractic Care Help My Child with?

As with adult chiropractic, pediatric chiropractic can help relieve aches and pains from a variety of conditions, including:

  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Neck pain

However, there are several conditions that occur more frequently in infants and children that chiropractic care can help with, including:

Colic

Some infants seem to cry and scream for hours on end without explanation. You may try feeding, changing, walking while carrying, or taking them for a ride in the car to no avail.

In many cases, this unexplained, near-constant crying is called colic.

While the exact cause of colic is not known, subluxations caused by birth trauma or another issue may lead to pain that causes your baby to cry. A skilled chiropractor can gently release these subluxations, hopefully easing your baby’s pain and decreasing crying.

Acid Reflux

Many babies experience acid reflux, which can cause spitting up and pain for your baby.

Changing your diet or the type of formula you feed your baby, as well as the frequency at which you burp during feedings and positioning for sleep or rest, can help decrease the problems that come with acid reflux.

However, because your baby is so small, misalignment of the spine can contribute to acid reflux, as your baby’s digestive system may be slightly out of place or restricted.

A chiropractor can help bring your baby’s spine back into alignment, correcting the positioning of the digestive system and easing the acid reflux symptoms.

Ear Infections

Ear infections and childhood seem to go hand-in-hand for many families. These can be marked by searing pain and discomfort, disrupted sleep, and crying.

If your child experiences frequent ear infections, the culprit could be some portion of the inner ear, such as the Eustachian tubes, being out of place.

By having a chiropractor work to realign your child’s spine and fix any potential tight muscles in the neck and shoulders, the inner ear can be brought back into its proper position and decreasing the frequency and severity of ear infections.

Strep Throat

A case of strep throat here and there is fairly common in childhood, especially as children enter school and become exposed to the germs of other children. But if your child suffers from chronic strep throat, that could be the sign of something else going on.

Everyone has streptococcus bacteria, but when the immune system isn’t working properly, that bacteria can take hold much more easily than in a healthy body.

Chiropractic care can restore balance to your child’s immune system, decreasing the frequency of infections caused by the streptococcus bacteria. That means fewer days of missed school and fewer doses of antibiotics!

Scoliosis

As children grow, their spines must grow as rapidly as the rest of their bodies. However, that rapid growth can lead to a curvature of the spine during the growth spurts of puberty.

If left untreated, scoliosis could require your child to wear a brace or cast to correct the curvature, or even surgery for severe cases.

Visiting a chiropractor can be a supplement to bracing, or can help correct minor scoliosis curvatures that may not otherwise need treatment but instead simply impact your child’s posture.

Sports Injuries

Many children love to play sports. And, as they get older, the training and game play for those sports becomes more intense, with some young athletes practicing for hours per week.

When you pair heavy training with young, growing skeletal systems and muscles, sports injuries can be very common. From sprains and strains to stiff necks, sports injuries can sideline active kids for weeks.

Under the care of a chiropractor, your child’s recovery time can be decreased, their spine and muscles can be strengthened, and future injuries can be prevented.

How Will a Pediatric Chiropractor Treat My Child?

The treatment process for a pediatric chiropractic patient mirrors that of an adult patient, except you as a parent will be heavily involved in the treatment process. Your child will go through three stages of treatment: evaluation, treatment, and maintenance.

Evaluation & Treatment Plan

To figure out exactly what type of treatment your child needs, the chiropractor will take a full health history and gather more information about the source and type of their pain. This may include getting medical records from your child’s doctor.

In some cases, the chiropractor may order imaging to get a better understanding of your child’s difficulties, such as an X-ray.

During the initial appointment, the chiropractor will discuss with you, or your child if they are old enough to fully describe the issue, the type, severity, and frequency of pain or ill health. The chiropractor also may conduct an initial physical exam to see how much range of motion your child has.

Once your chiropractor has talked to you about the ongoing problem, a treatment plan will be developed. This plan is a living document that will be updated as your child’s treatment goes along. Your chiropractor may adapt this treatment plan to support the ultimate goal of your child’s treatment.

In addition, your chiropractor may give some at-home exercises that will support treatment. Be sure that your child does these exercises as recommended to get the most out of chiropractic care.

Treatment

The treatment phase of your child’s care can last from a few weeks to several months, depending on the type and severity of their condition. Your chiropractor may ask to see your child a few times a week during this phase.

Your chiropractor will gently adjust your child’s spine to release any subluxations and repair any muscle damage that may be present. If your child’s problem is related to muscle damage, the treatment can help blood flow to muscle fibers and tissue, decreasing inflammation and promoting healing.

Maintenance

Once the initial condition has been largely corrected, your child will move into the maintenance phase of treatment.

At this point, the frequency of treatment will decrease, potentially once a month or as necessary.

The goal of the maintenance phase is to keep your child’s spine and body in proper alignment, keeping them healthy and growing well into the future.

Does Insurance Cover Pediatric Chiropractic Treatment?

The answer to this question depends largely upon the conditions of your health insurance plan.

Some health insurance plans provide coverage for pediatric chiropractic care without a referral and without specific health complaint. Others only cover chiropractic for certain conditions, or with a referral from a pediatrician.

Check with your insurance plan to determine if your child’s chiropractic care will be covered before starting treatment.

Experienced Pediatric Chiropractic Care in Eugene

At Eugene Family Chiropractic, we believe that chiropractic care is beneficial to everyone, regardless of age. Our skilled chiropractic team can treat your child’s condition and promote lifelong health and wellness. Schedule your appointment today!