pediatric chiropractic care is on the rise. The number of kids under
chiropractic care has more than doubled to 68 million visits annually.
Research is also backing up what Ohm is saying. A survey study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Research compared 200 chiropractors’ and 200 pediatricians’ patients to uncover any differences in the health status of children raised, respectively, by chiropractors or Pediatricians. 1 The analysis indicates there is “a definite correlation between chiropractic and superior health.” In fact, this study “has shown that children raised under chiropractic care are less prone to infectious processes such as otitis media and tonsillitis, and that their immune systems are better able to cope with allergens such as pollen, weeds, grasses, etc., compared to children raised under allopathic care.” Newborn babies and colic As discussed earlier, a baby with birth trauma or simply a baby with colic who cries several hours a day can make many new parents feel helpless. With nearly 15 percent of newborn babies being diagnosed with colic, the common condition is actually very treatable. 2 Chiropractic is a safe and natural way to ease colic symptoms and reduce the amount of crying by 50 percent. 3 The long term benefits of chiropractic care to treat infant colic, such as fewer incidences of waking up at night and temper tantrums, were also documented. According to a study in MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, results show a correlation between chiropractic intervention at the infant stage and improvements in sleep, reduction in discomfort and pain, and improved feeding. Decreased antibiotic usage There is also a significantly decreased history of antibiotic use among “chiropractic” children, indicating a lower susceptibility to bacterial infections as a result of their greater immune system response. 4 But the benefits of chiropractic do not stop at allergies and ear infections. As a child continues to grow we see major health changes, for the positive, for those under chiropractic care: Increase in sports performance — Any parent of a child who plays sports is always looking for a competitive edge to make their child a better athlete. A study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation reported that in just 12 weeks, athletes who were under chiropractic care improved their agility, balance, kinesthetic perception, power and reaction time by 30%. 5 Decreased anxiety, better learning retention — Many parents are now taking their children to a chiropractor as studies are also showing that children who are under chiropractic care have less anxiety and are more attentive in school. 6 There is also a growing body of evidence suggesting children with ADHD are showing a reduction in symptoms once under chiropractic care. 7 Long-term health benefits — Many parents are taking their children to the chiropractor because studies have shown that getting adjusted leads to increased quality of life and long-term spinal health benefits. 8 Childhood issues such as scoliosis, growing pains and asthma are all being reported as improved once a child is under chiropractic care.