Children and Chiropractic Care

Children and chiropractic care.

Chiropractic treatment is a safe and effective way to help children manage their overall health and wellness. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 3% of children in the U.S. have received chiropractic care. In 2000, there were 30 million pediatric visits with chiropractors in the U.S., and by 2009, this number more than doubled to 68 million. According to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, 17% of chiropractic patients in 2010 were under the age of 18, and nearly 8% were under the age of five.

Chiropractic Treatment for Children’s Earaches

The most common conditions for which children visit a chiropractor are ear pain and chronic ear infections. Five out of six children are estimated to suffer from an ear infection before the age of three. Chiropractic treatment can help alleviate ear pain and prevent future infections from occurring. Research has found chiropractic care to be especially helpful in treating middle ear infections, which are the most common cause of earaches in children.

One study found spinal adjustments to help with ear infection symptoms in 93% of children. 75% experienced improvements in ten visits or less, while 43% were feeling better after just one or two visits. An additional study also found that chiropractic care was useful for relieving ear pain from ear infections and other causes.

Many parents prefer to bring their children for chiropractic treatment for ear infections out of concern that there are too few treatment options available from many pediatricians aside from antibiotics or surgery (tympanostomy). Parents and health care practitioners alike have often expressed concern about the over-prescription of antibiotics. And their concerns have merit. The CDC issued a statement confirming that antibiotics are often prescribed when they shouldn’t be (30% of the time) and cautioning that over-prescribing these drugs has resulted in an upsurge of antibiotic-resistant germs.

Recent studies have shown increasing evidence of the role of gut health in immunity and overall health, but antibiotics disrupt the balance of gut flora, with negative health consequences. Given recent discoveries about the importance of gut health, it is essential for parents to know their options outside of prescription antibiotics.

Other Pediatric Conditions Chiropractors See

Although babies’ spines are newly developed and flexible, they can be susceptible to injury and stress, so chiropractors emphasize the importance of having your child checked soon after a stressful delivery. The most common reasons young babies visit a chiropractor are for colic and other digestive problems, sleep disturbances and difficulties with nursing. Babies will often have these symptoms as a result of the delivery process. This is supported by publications from a leading Belgian neurologist who claims that passage through the birth canal results in postural irregularities that are best corrected by gentle spinal manipulation.

Babies and toddlers may experience improvements in other conditions as well after chiropractic care, including torticollis (also called “wry neck,” where the neck twists to the side. often resulting in a titled head) and crawling issues. Having your child evaluated by a chiropractor early allows for optimal success in the early years of growth and development.

For both young and older children, chiropractic care can treat or help prevent sports injuries, headaches and growing pains—and research suggests that it may be effective in improving asthma and other respiratory conditions. Older children may seek chiropractic care for musculoskeletal issues similar to those experienced by many young and older adults.

Adjusting the spine supports optimal nervous system function, which has effects throughout the body. Parents have reported that chiropractic care has helped their children with a wide range of conditions that may not automatically come to mind when you think of chiropractic care. These include ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), bed-wetting, cerebral palsy, eczema, tonsillitis, sinus infections, psoriasis, stuttering and Tourette’s Syndrome. Chiropractic care may even help children with autism. Because the spine represents the centerpiece of the nervous system, regular adjustments can help improve sensory conditions over time.

Why Seek Chiropractic Care for Your Child?

Chiropractic care is noninvasive and has been proven to be safe for children of all ages. Chiropractic treatment offers children a safe and effective method to improve health and manage a variety of symptoms—and to keep the body and nervous system in optimal health while growing.

Reviews By Our Satisfied Patients

  • "I've been coming to see Dr. Bob since 1984 for my back pain. After each visit, the vast improvement lasts about one whole month. Even after all these years, Dr. Bob continues to provide outstanding care for me, my children, and my grandchildren. I've referred several people to HealthWise Chiropractic, so they too can see the results I have. My favorite part of my visits is the friendliness and professionalism of the staff and doctors and, of course, the results I get that improve my daily living."
    Danny S.
  • "About ten years ago I was at the gym, I bent over and couldn't get up, the pain was horrible. I contacted Healthwise and Dr. Mike gave me an emergency appointment that evening. He did a complete physical and x-ray before he started any treatment. After my first treatment I was able to stand up and walk with minimal pain. With a few visits I was back to normal. I continued treatments as needed for the next several years.
    I see Dr. Bob regularly to stay fit and pain-free. He tests my strength and weakness to determine the best treatment. Our open discussion led him to help my acid reflux. I now exercise and walk as is essential for a septuagenarian.
    I told Dr. Bob that I was starting to get knee pain that I thought was arthritis; I didn't think chiropractic care could help. He told me about new equipment to help. I look forward to improvement.
    I was a skeptic of chiropractic care, now I would recommend HealthWise to anyone with chronic/simple pain. It worked for me. It can work for you!"
    Sherry B.
  • "I was very miserable with constant pain in my leg while knowing it had something to do with my back. My friend surprised me with an appointment with Dr. Bob. After being treated by Dr. Bob I knew right away it was exactly what I needed. I learned a lot through my conversations with the doctor. I am really thankful to Dr. Bob and his staff."
    Ed L.
  • "I had a very limited understanding of chiropractic care until I tried it for the first time 12 years ago. I came in with severe pain in my neck, which prohibited me from moving my head. I was greeted by a kind staff, had an exam and x-rays done on my first appointment followed by an adjustment. I felt so much better after my first adjustment and by following the treatment plan my headaches and migraines improved. My overall health has improved because of chiropractic care. Dr. Bob helps make sure that I am taking the right supplements to optimize my health and fitness performance. They have helped me with allergies, knee and shoulder pain, and earaches. I had no idea when I began my chiropractic journey just how much help the doctors and staff at HealthWise would be at improving my quality of life."
    Britt H.
  • "I have been a patient at HealthWise Chiropractic for over 20 years. In the past and currently I am seeing Dr. Bob, however, I have seen all docs at Healthwise. My general issues are usually seasonally related to sinus and allergies. Recently I have been receiving treatment for my hip and lower back. Dr. Bob zeros in on trigger points and quickly relieves my pain. He is a wealth of knowledge and offers help and suggestion on my health issues. The staff is friendly and helpful. I leave feeling better and I believe helps to keep my body aligned and energized. I have also come in after falls, injuries and surgeries. I truly believe my adjustments at the time added to a quicker recovery."
    Liz B.
  • "I have been a patient of Dr. Bob for two and half months. . I see him for an adjustment every two weeks. I started seeing a chiropractor for the first time in January 2021 while working in Florida for my continued lower back pain and chronic bilateral hip bursitis. Because my pain was mostly relieved with continued adjustments, I decided to continue with treatment when returning to Wisconsin. I have been very happy with my continued pain relief/adjustments at HealthWise. I highly recommend anyone with chronic back and neck pain to try chiropractic adjustments here at HealthWise. It will make your life better."
    Marianne V.
  • "Really enjoyed the different things that they can do for you and your pain management. Would highly recommend."
    Rhiannon P.
  • "I enjoy coming, getting readjusted and any additional therapies. It has made my life healthier and less stressful. If I have questions, they are answered at that visit. The staff is very professional, personable and friendly. I always look forward to my next visit with them. I am glad to be part of Healthwise Chiropractic family:)"
    Marcella L.
  • "DR MIKE IS A GREAT CHIROPRACTOR. HE TAKES THE TIME TO GIVE YOU A COMPLETE ADJUSTMENT IS TIME. HE IS ALSO A GOOD CONVERSATIONALIST. THANKS"
    RICHARD R.
  • "Dr. Mike is fantastic! He is very personable….will take time to really to your needs… I enjoy my visits…the maintenance has helped tremendously…..and he is there when the emergency pops up! Excellent Chiropractor!"
    Ann W.


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