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Q: What can you tell me about chiropractic and kids?

Posted May 14, 2014 in Advice Column, Grimes

A: More and more parents are choosing chiropractors to care for their infants and children — 2 million American children are receiving the benefits of chiropractic annually.

Spinal adjustments for infants and young children are very gentle and involve very light finger-tip adjustments to restore mobility to spinal joints which have become locked and are causing interference with the normal function of the nervous system. Chiropractic treatments are noninvasive, drug free and modified to fit a child’s size, weight and unique spinal condition. An International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s study validated the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for children, as well as improved sleep, behavior and attitude, and immune system function in children receiving chiropractic care.

Medical studies have found that chiropractic can help with ear infections, ADHD, constipation, food allergies and infant colic. Chiropractic mobilizes drainage of the ear in children, allowing them to build up their own antibodies and recover more quickly. The Fallon study found that nearly 80 percent of children who were treated with chiropractic for ear infections were free of ear infections for at least a six-month period following the initial visit. Case studies have found that full spinal chiropractic treatments performed on infants suffering from chronic constipation has increased bowel movements from once per week to once every one or two days.

Information provided by Williamson Chiropractic, 206 S. Main St., 986-9189.

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