MYTH #1: CHIROPRACTIC CARE OF CHILDREN IS NEW.
People may think that adjusting children is a new approach to health. When you hear the word “new” you may think untested, experimental and dangerous. “This is simply untrue. ‘If you go back to 1910, [founder of chiropractic] D.D. Palmer indicated how important it is to check a child’s spine from birth and throughout life,’ notes Jeanne Ohm, CEO of the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association (ICPA), a non-profit organization in Philadelphia.”
Throughout the years, pediatric chiropractic has gained more research and doctors have been fine-tuning their skills. In 1986, Dr. Larry Webster re-established chiropractic care for children as a legitimate area of focus. He created the ICPA and began teaching his child-friendly techniques to other chiropractors who had a passion for helping children
MYTH #2: CHILDREN DON’T NEED CHIROPRACTIC CARE.
Kiddos absolutely need chiropractic care, they have spines just like everyone else. The vertebra protect the nervous system, the same way they do in mature adults. There is also a link between the central nervous systems and various childhood illnesses/complications such as ear infections, colic, attention deficit disorder. Chiropractors do not treat these afflictions, but they allow the body to reach health all on its own. Other common problems chiropractic care can address are difficult latching, favoring one side while breast feeding, reflux, and sensory processing problems. These problems can begin immediately after the birthing process, especially when interventions have been used.
Birth is not easy on the mother or the baby, and both should be checked during pregnancy and immediately after birth. Misalignments to the babies spine can occur and if they aren’t checked quickly, they can develop into the problems discussed previously. As development progresses, postural and function patterns begin to form and these misalignments can be more difficult to correct later.
MYTH #3: CHIROPRACTORS USE THE SAME TECHNIQUES ON CHILDREN AS ADULTS.
Chiropractors do not use the same technique on children. The spines of children are different from those of adults, and are assessed differently. Before the age of six, bones are mostly made up of cartilage, and not the hard bony material we usually think of. This immaturity of bones causes them to be misaligned in ways that adult bones do not. Pediatric adjustments are very gentle and use light pressure and minimal force. Many times the child will move into the correct position all on there own. We are there to facilitate the adjustment, but the child usually holds and maintains the position all on their own.
MYTH #4: THERE ARE NO REAL EXPERTS IN CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR CHILDREN.
Many chiropractors follow accredited courses to develop child-specific skills. Dr. Elise and Dr. Lara have both completed the ICPA program. This program consists of a 200-hour certification program, which involves 14 classroom modules. When searching for a pediatric chiropractor in Fort Collins, make sure they have taken these ICPA classes. Along with this program, they have both spent countless hours doing external work in pediatric and prenatal education.
MYTH #5: CHIROPRACTORS DON’T COLLABORATE WITH PEDIATRICIANS AND MEDICAL DOCTORS.
This myth couldn’t be farther from the truth. At Impact, Dr. Elise and Dr. Lara want to be in communication with their patient’s pediatricians and other primary care physicians. We want to collaborate with all doctors in the Fort Collins area. It is much easier to work together rather than to downgrade the different approaches to health and well-being. We want to put the patient’s best interest first, and give them the best care possible.
This post was adapted from https://circleofdocs.com/five-myths-about-chiropractic-care-for-children/