Chiropractic care for Kids: Benefits vs Risks


It’s common even for adults to become defensive and feel uneasy during his or her first chiropractic adjustment. Because it’s true! The sounds of the bones cracking are intimidating at first. But did you know that there are tonnes of parents that send their toddlers and kids to see chiropractors? The reason’s simple; big or small, everyone with a functioning spine and nervous system needs to be checked and adjusted for optimal health.  


Is it Safe?

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The most common question or concern from the parents when they first send their loved ones to a chiropractic office is its safety. The main reason why some parents raise the issue over safety is due to false media reporting. On 16 October 2013 - An Australian chiropractor was falsely claimed to have fractured a baby's neck during a chiropractic adjustment. Soon after, it was revealed that these claims were false and was apologised for in a live broadcast. Read, Chiropractor cleared over 'break' -- The Australian. The reality is that chiropractic care is the most risk-free healthcare to date; "reports of serious complications (regardless of age) following chiropractic adjustments and/or manipulations are extremely rare.* However, when it comes to healthcare, everything poses potential risks and its clinical benefits must be weighed against them. 

The ICPA’s research department have conducted a vast study and concluded that: spanning the last 32+ years, there has been only two reported cases of neurovascular complications related to paediatric patients receiving chiropractic care. The number of paediatric visits to chiropractors in the U.S. alone over the same time span amount to over 1/2 billion visits. 



    All Toddlers Suffer from Birth

    Nerve irritations and vertebral subluxations can occur as a part of normal daily life. They may be a result of physical, emotional and chemical stressors in life, such as poor posture, poor diet, birth traumas to slips and falls. From birth, our children are exposed to a myriad combination of stressors -- the forceps used to pull the baby from the mother's womb, the use of medications to emotional stresses. Did you know that on average, toddlers cover more than two and a half miles a day, along with 102 falls a day! But how many of us really have our babies' spines checked? Optimising and maintaining something that is already healthy, is much easier and cost-effective, than to trying to correct something that is already broken and advanced. 


    Top 10 Health Benefits for Your Child

    There are numerous health benefits for kids under chiropractic care. The following are top 10 reasons why parents take their children to see a chiropractor (first published on


    1. To encourage good neural plasticity (brain and nerve development).
    2. To support “first-class” nerve communication throughout the body to promoting health and wellbeing.
    3. To help strengthen their child’s immunity – encouraging fewer colds, ear-aches and general illness.
    4. To help resolve breastfeeding issues and colic.
    5. To reduce the detrimental impact our modern world has on our children’s health.
    6. Encourages children to thrive by supporting digestive strength.
    7. To diminish nerve interference which may impact their child’s capacity to learn and concentrate.
    8. To promote body balance – helping to resolve poor posture, asthma, allergies and bed-wetting.
    9. To help kids stay fun and light hearted.
    10. To help kids stay in tip-top shape.


    Be Proactive and Prevent

    Chiropractic care is not only recognised as an effective means of alleviating serious health conditions but has an amazing preventative capacity. Periodic ongoing adjustments at a young age help thwart the risks of developing health issues down the road. Proper spinal alignment and correction of the spine are much easily accomplished at a younger age, to delay and prevent degenerative bones or joint diseases. Chiropractors are not only fully trained in the spine, but are known to be good mentors and promoters of healthy lifestyle and well-being. Chiropractors will monitor and manage your kids’ health as they grow up. The positive influence and encouragement of good lifelong health habits endowed by chiropractors alone would be worthy to take your loved ones to a chiropractor. 




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