Alternative health care for kids

Paediatric chiropractic, or chiropractic for small children, is new to some.

Perhaps the biggest misconception that people have is that chiropractic is all about back pain and “crunch and crack”. Nothing could be further from the truth. Paediatric chiropractic is first and foremost safe and gentle. It is all about assisting the newborn, infant and the older child, to function to the best of their ability.

Nothing takes the joy out of having a newborn baby like a bad case of colic, the unexplainable and unyielding crying of otherwise healthy babies that keeps everyone in the house up all day and all night.

While medical doctors are often at a loss to explain the causes of colic (or how to make it go away), chiropractors can help.

The initial consultation includes an examination and information about expected development for the child’s age or “developmental milestones”. Compromise to the neuromuscular system can impair normal development and thus chiropractic paediatric care can have a profound effect on how a child thrives.

An increase in chronic childhood disease is part of the reason parents today seek alternative health care for children. Chiropractic care is an effective and affordable program by licensed providers that addresses children’s health conditions associated with the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. Gentle, noninvasive and drug free, chiropractic adjustments treat, resolve and prevent a wide range of health problems.

Acute conditions may result from birth trauma, sports mishaps and accidental injury. Chiropractic care benefits children by correcting the spinal alignment to improve their overall health. When vertebral joints are misaligned during birth or from a blow or fall, muscle tissue and nerves may also be affected. Spinal adjustment frees joints, restores motion and relieves nerve pressure, which may be the cause of additional ailments. Parents report successful treatment of children’s health issues such as acute earache, upper respiratory infection, muscle pain, neck pain and accident trauma.

Parents report behavioural improvement for children who saw a chiropractor, as well as improved sleep and stronger immune systems. Headaches and sleep disorders of nonspecific causes respond well to spinal adjustments, which affect and repair interrupted neural pathways. Although scientific evidence in these areas is still inconclusive, the growing number of those seeking children’s health care from chiropractors is a positive endorsement of its benefits.

Liam Welfar is a paediatric chiropractor based in the Cayman Islands.