Kids and Chiropractic

Kids and Chiropractic:

How do Chiropractors treat children?:

Chiropractors are educated to modify spinal manual therapy to suit the age and presenting condition of a patient.  The typical chiropractic care of infants and young children involves the use of low-force low-amplitude techniques. Published studies and reports through the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme show that chiropractic is a low risk health modality that is safely practiced.

Chiropractors are registered by the Chiropractic Board of Australia and like all other registered health care providers, must adhere to National Law and profession specific codes of conduct and guidelines. An October 2015 Position Statement by the Board acknowledged that chiropractic paediatric management education is provided by all accredited Australian Universities, this incorporated an understanding of risks where identified and emphasised established clinical best practice guidelines for the treatment of children. There are gaps in the knowledge base in relation to the chiropractic care of children and more research is needed. What remains unchanged is that chiropractic care is safe for children and is delivered by educated, regulated healthcare professionals. In addition, given the patient-centric nature of chiropractic care, there is high expressed satisfaction by parents/guardians seeking care of their children. The profession is committed to ensuring evidence informed care is provided to patients.

Birth:
Birth is a natural process, but can be a traumatic for an infants spinal column especially with complicated births and assisted techniques. Chiropractic examination following birth can help to detect and correct any spinal dysfunction following the birth process, for both baby and Mum!

Choosing a health care practitioner:
Parents should exercise their consumer rights when choosing health care providers for their family. We see some of the hallmarks of an excellent healer being: Listen attentively, answer questions and concerns and advise in understandable words, examine thoroughly, arrange for tests when needed, accessible, explain their care, work as a team with their patients, encourage and empower patients to learn more about their health.

Diet:
Your diet is more than the taste and number of calories that you put in your mouth. Your food provides the building blocks for all regenerative and healing processes. And even more importantly in children, food provides the nourishment necessary for healthy growth and development. We recommend a diverse, natural, fresh diet with minimal processing and additives.

Exercise:
The human body is designed to be active! Exercise is a necessary part of every person’s life. Stretching, strengthening and aerobic activities should all be included to fulfill the physical benefits. Exercise for children should be fun, to add emotional, social and personal development. A variety of activities is best to maximise the development of a child’s nervous and muscular systems.

Scoliosis:
Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curve of the spine. Chiropractors are trained in the early detection of this, at-times crippling problem. Early detection and appropriate active management are the keys to minimising any problems. All children are routinely screened for scoliosis when receiving care in our practice.