07.27.11

Is Chiropractic Care Essential to Child’s Spinal Development?

Posted in Back Facts (spine), Chiropractic, Spinal Hygiene, Truths About Back & Neck Pain at 12:22 PM by Dr. Greathouse

Growing Up Right

Why Chiropractic care is essential to your child’s spinal development.

See article: http://toyourhealth.com/mpacms/tyh/article.php?id=1450

Is chiropractic really essential to spinal development? Of course the answer is unequivocally no. I can say that without reservation because there’s no data to support such a statement. As far as aligning the spine goes, well, we can’t support that statement either.

This is the kind of stuff that chafes my tuchus. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some good stuff in this article. Kids can benefit from chiropractic care just as adults do and we can educate on the importance of good posture, body mechanics and ergonomics.  But don’t promulgate such innuendo as; chiropractic care is essential to your child’s spinal development.

If your child complains of back or neck pain a chiropractor is qualified to assess, differentially diagnose and treat them. Some chiropractors will go a step further and tell you they can treat other ailments other than musculoskeletal problems and there is some anecdotal evidence of that. That’s OK as long as you are made aware of the anecdotal level of evidence and you are still willing to try it.

Most pediatricians will not recommend chiropractic care, likely because they have no clue as to what we do. What they likely do hear from their patient’s parents is all sorts of healing claims and of course that doesn’t sit well with them either. Chiropractors can help a lot of folks out there but the MD gets too much hyperbole feedback from their patients about chiropractic care claims and simply writes us off much of the time.

For good spinal health and development, in my opinion, children must be taught good spinal hygiene (mobility maintenance – posture – body mechanics – ergonomics) early on, just like dental hygiene training.

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