Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tic Safe for Chil­dren Accord­ing to Study

The results of a large prac­tice based study accepted and pre­sented at the Decem­ber 200714th Annual Sym­po­sium on Com­ple­men­tary Health Care” held at the Peter Chalk Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, Uni­ver­sity of Exeter, UK, showed that chi­ro­prac­tic care of chil­dren is safe and effective.

The study, titled, “Treatment-​related aggra­va­tions, com­pli­ca­tions and improve­ments attrib­uted to chi­ro­prac­tic spinal manip­u­la­tive ther­apy of pedi­atric patients: a practice-​based sur­vey of prac­ti­tion­ers”, was funded by the Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tic Pedi­atric Asso­ci­a­tion. In this study data was reviewed from 389 pedi­atric cases (181 females; 200 males, 8 not reported) attend­ing a total of 3048 office vis­its. The patents of the chil­dren in this study rep­re­sented mostly a highly edu­cated group with 39% hav­ing an under­grad­u­ate degree. Parental age ranged from 2057 years with an aver­age of 36.89 years. Their chil­dren ranged in age from less than 24 hours to 18 years with an aver­age age for this study being 6.74 years.

The largest rea­son chil­dren reported in this study were under chi­ro­prac­tic care was “well­ness” at 54%. After well­ness, the pri­mary rea­sons, the chil­dren were brought in for care were, in decreas­ing fre­quency, mus­cu­loskele­tal dis­or­ders, ear, nose, throat and res­pi­ra­tory dis­or­ders and deal­ing with a chal­lenged child.

In the review of these cases researchers found that “No treatment-​associated com­pli­ca­tions were reported.” Out of the 389 chil­dren and over three thou­sand office vis­its only two cases of “sore­ness and stiff­ness” of treatment-​related aggra­va­tion were reported, but both were self-​limiting.

For those chil­dren who did have some symp­toms the research noted that these chil­dren showed improve­ments such as decreased pain, improved mood, and increased immune func­tion. The study also showed improve­ments in the chil­dren who were ini­tially symp­tom free and included immune sys­tem improve­ments, improved sleep­ing, and improved emo­tional states.

The authors of the study, Joel Alcan­tara, DC, and Jeanne Ohm, DC summed up their con­clu­sions by stat­ing, “This study pro­vides sup­port­ing evi­dence on the safety and effec­tive­ness of chi­ro­prac­tic SMT (spinal manip­u­la­tive ther­apy, aka adjust­ments) in chil­dren based on parental reports.” Dr. Ohm com­mented, “This sur­vey shows us what we have known for over 100 years: chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments for chil­dren is safe, gen­tle and gets results!”

Ran­dom Article

A research study pub­lished in the July 12, 2006 issue of the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion (JAMA), shows that daily activity

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