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Pediatrics and Natural Health Care

Chiropractors love treating children. On any given day a "miracle' happens. That is when a patient has gone to all the traditional Doctors without resolution, and the 'miraculously" they get better after Chiropractic Care. There are a lot of reasons and you will see if you read the articles below. Chiropractic is safe for children. Children do respond quickly to care.

Demographic Survey of Pediatric Patients
Presenting to a Chiropractic Teaching Clinic

Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2010 (Dec 15); 18: 33 ~ FULL TEXT

This data review included 2,645 pediatric patients (0-15 years of age). Of these, 2,303 (87%) were under the age of five and 342 (13%) were between the ages of 5 and 15. The complaints of all children over five years were categorized as musculoskeletal. In all age groups, just over a third (34.7%) presented with musculoskeletal problems, 29.6% presented with excess crying (previously known as infant colic) and 15.7% with feeding disorders. All children had previously presented to at least one medical practitioner for the same condition and some had presented to multiple healthcare practitioners (Figure 3). The younger the child, the more common the referral with 83% of infants under 12 weeks of age being sent by a medical practitioner, 39% between 3 and 12 months of age and a 4-5% rate of referral in age groups over one year

Musculoskeletal Development and Sports Injuries in Pediatric Patients
Dynamic Chiropractic ~ October 21, 2010 ~ FULL TEXT

Physical activity is extremely important for everyone, but especially for children. A well-designed exercise program enhances the physical and intellectual development of a child. Competitive sports are often a child's first introduction to programmed exercise. In the past decade, there has been an increase in the number of children participating in team and solo sports. Younger children are allowed to participate in sports for enjoyment, health and personal development. However, this changes as competitive elements become more dominant and young athletes train harder and longer, and may practice a sport throughout the whole year. Consequently, sports-related injuries in children have significantly increased.

The Chiropractic Care of Children
J Altern Complement Med. 2010 (Jun); 16 (6): 621–626 ~ FULL TEXT

A majority of the responders were female with an average practice experience of 8 years. They attended an average of 133 patient visits per week, with 21% devoted to the care of children (<18 years of age). Practice income was derived primarily from out-of-pocket reimbursement with charges of an average of $127 and $42 for the first and subsequent visits, respectively. These visits were reimbursed to address common conditions of childhood (i.e., asthma, ear infections, etc.). Approach to patient care was spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) augmented with herbal remedies, exercises, rehabilitation, and so on. Wellness care also figured prominently as a motivator for chiropractic care. Fifty-eight percent (58%) indicated an established relationship with an osteopathic or medical physician. Eighty percent (80%) of the responders indicated referring patients to medical practitioners while only 29% indicated receiving a referral from a medical/osteopathic physician.

COOL GREEN BALL Is Chiropractic Pediatric Care Safe?
A Best Evidence Topic

Clinical Chiropractic 2011 (Sep); 14 (3): 97–105

The reviewed published chiropractic literature suggests a rate of 0.53% to 1% mild adverse events (AE) associated with chiropractic paediatric manipulative therapy (PMT). Put in terms of individual patients, between one in 100 to 200 patients presenting for chiropractic care; or in terms of patient visits, between one mild AE per 1310 visits to one per 1812 visits. For a comparison, Osteopathic PMT have a reported rate of 9%, and medical practitioners utilising PMT under the auspices of ‘chiropractic therapy’ have reported a rate of 6%. A reasonable caution to the parent/guardian is that one child per 100 to 200 attending may have a mild adverse events, with irritability or soreness lasting less than 24 hours, resolving without the need for additional care.

COOL GREEN BALL Effect of Backpack Load Carriage on Cervical Posture
in Primary Schoolchildren

Work. 2012 (Jan 1); 41 (1): 99—108

Subjects demonstrated immediate and statistically significant changes in craniovertebral angle (CVA), indicating increased forward head positions upon donning the backpacks containing 15% and 20% body weight. Following the walking of 6 minutes, the CVA demonstrated further statistically significant changes for all backpack loads indicating increased forward head postures. For the 15 & 20% of body weight conditions, more than 50% of the subjects reported discomfort after walking, with the neck as the primary location of reported pain.

Green Star Infant and Child Chiropractic Care: An Assessment of the Research
Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research 2003 ~ FULL TEXT

An assessment of pediatric research regarding chiropractic care for back pain, headaches, otitis media, infantile colic, constipation, nocturnal enuresis, asthma, retrolisthesis, scoliosis and neurological disorders including epilepsy, autism and ADD/ADHD. This monograph also includes a discussion of chiropractic theory, practice and safety issues.

Green Star A Parents Guide to Chiropractic
Chiropractic is a conservative and natural healing art and science that concentrates on keeping people well. While chiropractic is an American science over 100 years old, its wellness practices have stood the test of time--dating back to spinal manipulations first used by Hippocrates, the Father of Healing, in the 4th Century B.C. Chiropractic is a conservative and natural healing art and science that concentrates on keeping people well. While chiropractic is an American science over 100 years old, its wellness practices have stood the test of time--dating back to spinal manipulations first used by Hippocrates, the Father of Healing, in the 4th Century B.C.

Round Red International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA)
The premier chiropractic pediatric research website! The I.C.P.A. is the professions oldest, largest and most respected chiropractic pediatric association. The I.C.P.A. is a non-profit organization, founded by Larry Webster, D.C. who perceived the need for more information, training and research in the field of chiropractic pediatrics. The I.C.P.A. is an independent, non-political organization, and is not affiliated with any other national organization.

Round Red ACA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics
The American Chiropractic Association's Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics (also known as the ACA Pediatrics Council) was established in 2005. Our goals are to support our members who take care of children in their chiropractic practices, and to promote the acceptance and advancement of pediatric chiropractic care.

Round Red ICA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics
The ICA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics is one of the post-graduate councils of the International Chiropractors Association. It was established in 1993 to bring together doctors of chiropractic who have a special interest caring for children and pregnant women.