Common Pediatric Chiropractic Care Myths

Young patient having pediatric chiropractic treatment in rehabilitation center

When we think about chiropractic care, treatment is generally associated with adults. But did you know that pediatric chiropractic care is actually quite common? In fact, it's estimated that approximately 11 percent of all chiropractic patients are children and adolescents. 

While pediatric chiropractic care is growing in popularity, there are still many myths and misconceptions surrounding this type of care. Here, we'll dispel some of the most common pediatric chiropractic care myths. Ranging from it being unsafe to it only being effective for treating back pain, read on to learn the common pediatric chiropractic care myths from Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers.

Debunking Myths About Pediatric Chiropractic

There may have been some misinformation about pediatric chiropractic care. If you've been wondering if this type of care is right for your child, there are common misconceptions that we'd like to clear up.

Visit a chiropractor is considered holistic care, meaning that it takes into account the whole person, not just the symptoms they are experiencing. This type of care looks for the root cause of an issue and then creates a plan to address it instead of just masking the symptoms.

Young patient having pediatric chiropractic treatment in rehabilitation center

Myths about pediatric care include the following:

  • Chiropractic care for kids isn't needed
  • It's dangerous
  • Chiropractors use the same methods in adults to kids
  • Chiropractors don't have the proper training

Chiropractic Care for Kids Isn't Needed

Have you ever wondered if there is a better way for your child to heal from an injury? If your pediatrician recommends your child see a pediatric chiropractor, know that this type of care can have tremendous benefits. Also, did you know that your child's spine changes and grows rapidly during the first few years of their life?

As your child begins to grow, it's vital to ensure that their spine is aligned. When the spine is not in alignment, it can cause a number of issues, such as poor posture, headaches, and even back pain. A pediatric chiropractor will be able to assess your child's spine and determine if there are any alignment issues. Staying proactive with this type of care can help to prevent future problems from developing.

It's Dangerous

When done correctly, pediatric chiropractic care is relatively safe. The techniques used are gentle and customized to meet the needs of each individual child. In addition, pediatric chiropractors receive extensive training on adjusting children's spines safely and effectively.

It's even safe for infants because their spines and nervous systems are still growing and developing. Therefore, many chiropractors will use a light touch when adjusting an infant's spine.

Chiropractors Use the Same Methods in Adults as They Do in Kids

Young patient having pediatric chiropractic treatment in a clinic

Many people have an image of a chiropractor popping or cracking a person's back into place. However, this is not the case. Chiropractors actually use a variety of different techniques when adjusting a child's spine. The type of technique used will depend on the child's age, size, and condition being treated. For example, an infant may only require light pressure to be applied, or a teenager may need more pressure to be effective.

Chiropractors Don't Have the Right Training

The training to become a chiropractor is extensive and requires a minimum of eight years of education. These studies include four years of undergraduate study, followed by four years of chiropractic school. During their schooling, pediatric chiropractors receive specialized training on how to treat children of all ages effectively.

These individuals then typically complete a residency program before beginning to practice pediatric chiropractic care, which ensures that they are properly prepared to treat the unique needs of each child. Additionally, there are many guidelines that Chiropractors follow to ensure safe care for children.

Dr. Mark Yezak
Mark Yezak, BS, DC, is the founder, chiropractic director, and chief of staff at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers. Offering 25 years of experience. Dr. Yezak is a published author of research papers, books, and journal entries. He is undoubtedly a leader in his field.
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