Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Children?
With the ever-expanding popularity of chiropractic care, you might be wondering to yourself, “Is chiropractic care safe for my children?” The answer is a resounding ‘YES’. This fact is attested to by numerous organizations that have conducted research and studies into the issue. According to a leading malpractice insurance company, chiropractic care is one of the safest and least invasive forms of healthcare available, for both adults and children. The upside of receiving care is far greater than the downside, and at most, children experience the same side effects as adults do, which is muscle soreness that resolves in a short period of time.
Studies proving the safety of pediatric chiropractic care
Several studies have confirmed the safety factor with children that receive chiropractic care. These studies are remarkably impressive in their expanse and in the results they discovered:
- Study of 5,000 pediatric visits to chiropractors – This comprehensive study found no complications reported by juveniles visiting their chiropractors regularly. The treatments most commonly involved in these visits included decreased pain and discomfort, enhanced immune functions, and an improved disposition.
- Study of chiropractic care vs. drugs – another study sought to determine how effective chiropractic care was for children compared with results achieved by medication and painkillers. This study concluded that chiropractic care was 250 times safer than any course of anti-inflammatory drugs used by participants.
- Three-year UK study of chiropractic care – pediatric cases in the UK were evaluated over a 3-year period to determine their effectiveness and safety. The study concluded that chiropractic care is completely safe for children. During the nearly 5,300 chiropractic visits recorded during this period, 85% of the participants experienced significant improvement in their conditions.
Risk vs. Benefit of child chiropractic care
Not only is child chiropractic care safe for all children, but it can also provide quite a few significant benefits. In his book ‘Current Concepts – Vertebrobasilar Complications following Spinal Manipulation’, author Allan G. J. Terrett states that “Chiropractic adjustments are among the safest procedures in the provision of human health care service when compared to mortality and morbidity rates in medical practice.” This sentiment is reflected throughout the medical profession as more and more health experts become acquainted with chiropractic care and its impact on the body.
Dr. Anthony Rosner, Ph.D. states also that, “The risk estimates attributed to cervical manipulation are significantly less (by order of magnitude) than those associated with various medical procedures and lifestyle activities.” Ringing endorsements like these have become more than commonplace in recent years. This acknowledgment is expanding further among medical professionals.
Getting your child evaluated by a chiropractor is an excellent idea because it can help strengthen the body to be able to adapt to whatever life throws their way, but also help with proper spinal development as they grow into adults. That will give them a better chance to enjoy a happy and healthy life, in addition to being as productive as possible in their chosen career.
If you have experienced one of the listed injuries and think you might need chiropractic care, feel free to reach out to us at Thrive Family Chiropractor. You can get scheduled for an exam and consultation for only $47 by calling (605) 718-1038 or filling out our online form.