Two recent survey studies have shown chiropractic care for children is safe, gets results and offers children unexpected health benefits. One survey included data from doctors of chiropractic and the other survey collected data from parents of children under care.
The results of the doctors’ surveys showed that of the 812 clinical cases, 717 indicated experiencing an improvement with their presenting symptoms, while 9 patients reported treatment-related aggravations. These were described as “soreness” or “fussy.” No treatment-related complications were reported. The survey results suggest that chiropractic adjustments for children is safe and effective.
An overwhelming majority of the parents reported that their children’s problems improved with chiropractic care. After 10,249 visits from 1, 176 children, only 17 reported treatmentassociated aggravations described as soreness and stiffness after the adjustment, the child is “fussy” after the adjustment or a fever or spitting up. No serious complications were reported. “Wellness care” care was reported by 54% of the parents for their child’s visits.
Both surveys revealed that children experienced added health benefits beyond what they came in for. The three most common additional benefits were: improved immune system function, improved sleep and improved moods in the children.
To date, these are the first study of its kind in documenting treatment- associated problems and improvements in the chiropractic care of children. These study provides practice-based evidence on the safety and effectiveness of pediatric chiropractic.
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #17.
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