The Safety of Pediatric Chiropractic

Complementary and alternative medicine is growing in popularity for children as it is consistently being proven “accepted” medical care is causing more harm than good. The safety and effectiveness of complementary and/or alternative medicine for children is of utmost importance.

Chiropractic care is the most popular form of complementary and alternative therapy sought for children by their parents.

According to Explore, a survey was published regarding the safety and effectiveness of pediatric chiropractic care among chiropractors and the children’s parents in a practice-based research network. The objective of the study to describe the practice of pediatric chiropractic care and evaluating safety and effectiveness. Chiropractors and parents of the children participated in the study who were received chiropractic care ranging from one to 12 visits.

The primary reason for chiropractic care of children was “wellness care.” For children with specific conditions, musculoskeletal conditions were the most common. The most common chiropractic techniques used in the study were diversified technique (common chiropractic techniques taught in chiropractic colleges that is associated with the “pops” heard with adjustments), The Gonstead technique (precise, specific care with instruments and assessment to determine where adjustment is needed), Thompson technique (chiropractic technique with the “drop table”), and activator method (a spring-loaded device that provides the adjustment).

Results from the study showed complications from treatment were NOT reported by chiropractors and parents. Regarding adverse events following treatment, chiropractors reported three events per 5,438 office visits. The parents reported two adverse events per 1,735 office visits following treatment. Both the chiropractors and parents reported a high rate of improvement with respect to the children’s presenting complaints, in addition to positive outcomes unrelated to the children’s initial clinical presentations.

If chiropractors AND parents are reporting improvement in symptoms from original complaints, shouldn’t we be educating our patients that sometimes medication is NOT the answer?

Reference: Explore (NY). 2009 Sep-Oct;5(5):290-5. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2009.06.002.

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