Chiropractic: How Safe Is It For Children?

In the many years we have worked with children and families here at NEW LIFE, the question safety in the Chiropractic Care for children has occasionally arisen.  Without hesitation, we can say Chiropractic is extremely safe Here’s why:

 —  There has never been a study published anywhere, encompassing the entire 114 years of Chiropractic, that ever reported a harm to a newborn, baby or young child as a result of a Chiropractic Adjustment. (Compared to: Over 165,000 people are killed each year to prescription drug reactions — in 1998.)

Another way to understand the safety of Chiropractic Care for children is to take a look at malpractice insurance, which is the way the Gold Standard of the relationship between a given health care professional and the risk associated with the care we render.

The truth is that Doctors of Chiropractic pay only a fraction of of what Medical Doctors pay. Why is that? The answer is simple. Chiropractic Care is safe. While we are on the topic of safety in the care given to our children, we would be remiss if we did not mention the sad fact thousands of our children are dying, each and every month, due to the negative side-effects of prescription drugs, vaccinations and surgeries. Part of the reason these unfortunate deaths occur is because parents can be uninformed about these risks and side-effects and therefore may fail to explore non-allopathic options.

In our experience, we have seen parents adopt the philosophy “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. We agree with this, and Chiropractic embraces this line of thinking. Doctors of Chiropractic do not adjust  the areas of the spine that are moving normally, in alignment. We Doctors of Chiropractic concern ourselves only with the areas of the spine needing attention — areas which we find misalignment, subluxation and altered movement, which in turn create interference with the nervous system, thereby causing the body undue stress and dysfunction. We encourage parent to become educated about this very important aspect of Chiropractic.

Here is a simple fact we tell parents, which helps to explain why a Chiropractic Adjustment is “Automatically” safe for children:

The average force applied by a medical doctor on the newborn’s neck during the birth process is approximately 40 pounds of traction and torsion!”

A more difficult birth requiring forceps, a vacuum extraction, or C-section can increase the intensity up to 120 pounds of pull pressure! That is an incredible amount of force exerted on a baby that does not yet have the strength and musculature to hold up its own head. Conversely, a Chiropractic adjustment requires just a few ounces to a couple of pounds of carefully directed pressure, in the proper direction, at just the right time, to remove interference in the spine. Obviously, there is absolutely no comparison between the amounts of force used. We say if a baby was born, it is completely safe to adjust it.

I know of a Doctor of Chiropractic whose wife had twins and one of them was given up for dead in the delivery room, and even the nurse said “Well, one out of two isn’t bad” (!) This Doctor took that baby himself away from them and into the hallway and gave it an Upper Cervical adjustment and saved that baby’s life. The teenage boy today is healthy and playing sports and  — you bet — staying well adjusted on a weekly basis.

Research has shown 80% of children are born with Vertebral Subluxation (Hard Bones out of place crushing Soft Nerves the consistency of cooked spaghetti). Every newborn, without question, needs a spinal check by a Doctor of Chiropractic to receive an evaluation for stress, injury or damage done — due to either an improper position in-utero or trauma during the birth process. Regular spinal evaluations and adjustments must continue throughout childhood as well. A healthy spine equals a healthy nervous system and a healthy child. A healthy nervous system means quicker recovery from inevitable childhood health concerns, and a stronger immune system.

In conclusion, when parents recognize the important role the spine and nervous system play in their children’s growth and developement, we as Doctors of Chiropractic can help them rest assured that kids receive enormous benefits from Chiropractic adjustments — essential, pleasurable and very safe — ensuring optimal nervous system function, health and well-being for years to come.


Palmer Chiropractic Method

Call Dr. Melville or Suzi for a check-up for your child at: 909-337-2507


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