In the beginning, I thought chiropractic care was only for those who were injured – a car or work accident, chronic issues, or specific aches and pains. Chiropractic does serve each of those injuries, but it is also a huge player in creating a foundation of wellness for children and adults.
I first visited the chiropractor during my pregnancy with Jemma. My lower back was aching and I had read that chiropractic care could aid in a smoother birth by keeping the pelvis open and straight.1
When looking for a chiropractor, I searched for someone with a strong reputation within my community, a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, and a doctor trained in the Webster technique. I fell in love when I found a practice which specialized in prenatal, infant, and family chiropractic. Not only was the office staff friendly and educated, they had a chiropractic table with a middle section that lowered to fit my ever-expanding belly. It was like heaven to “lay” on my stomach after months of side sleeping!
I was adjusted up until the week Jemma was born, and our chiropractor came to the hospital for Jemma’s first adjustment. After spending 40 hours twisting and turning through my pelvis it seemed like the perfect thing to get her all straightened out.
Infant chiropractic can help realign baby’s spine after birth, which can reduce colic, spitting up, aid in successful digestion, and prevent a multitude of other short and long term problems.2 It is also a foundational element of wellness, as spinal care is directly tied to nervous system function. By pursuing chiropractic care, your child may experience improved sleep, behavior, attitude, and immune system function.3
The most common childhood problem that warrant a visit to the chiropractor is ear infections. In layman’s terms, when the middle ear fills with fluid, an infection can develop. To help drain that fluid, a chiropractor can adjust the ears, neck, and mouth. When the fluid can’t pool, you eliminate the probability of an infection. Chiropractic care isn’t a guaranteed fix, but it is definitely something to consider before choosing antibiotics. Dr. Sears shares on his website, “I firmly believe that chiropractic adjustments to the skull and neck can improve middle ear drainage and decrease ear infections.”4 Discuss your options with both a pediatrician and a chiropractor to determine what would be best for your child’s situation.
Since her first adjustment, Jemma has regularly visited our chiropractor as a part of our family’s preventive care – every other month or so. Twice in the last year I have had concerns about an ear infection, and after two to three acute treatments our pediatrician inspected her ears and gave us the all clear: no more fluid and no need for antibiotics! We have also made specific visits after a few tumbles as Jemma has become a mover.
A quick note about cost – we recently changed health insurance providers and our new plan does not cover chiropractic care. I was happy to find that our chiropractor offers a cash pay discount especially for children, only $25 per visit, which is less than the co-pay of our previous insurance! I’ve heard from a number of other mamas across the country about similar policies, so don’t let cost be a deciding factor until you research what is available near you.
Have you or your child experienced the benefits of chiropractic care? Please share!
Further reading about pediatric chiropractic can be found here:
Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care
International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
Ask Dr. Sears – Ear Infections
USA Today Article – Kids find a new way to adjust: Chiropractors
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