Posted by: Dr. Paul Zemella - Santa Barbara Chiropractor | August 18, 2011

Chiropractic Services For Infants

Questions as to whether infant chiropractic services is safe linger. Most infants who receive chiropractic services show no ill effects, but injury is a possibility. In general, infants’ spines are gently touched, without the popping or cracking used on adults to achieve spinal alignment. Many chiropractors insist on not only the safety of infant chiropractic services but also its efficacy, and assert that spinal alignment may help a baby grow more healthfully and cure problems like predilection toward middle ear infections and colic.

The issue on the infants safety on chiropractic services may be more problematic when chiropractors step outside their field of practice to treat infants. An ear infection, particularly of a bacterial nature, would be much better treated by a medical doctor, especially because infants are particularly vulnerable to bacterial infection. Spinal alignment to treat illnesses that have nothing to do with spinal alignment  is perhaps irresponsible, and may neglect needed treatment from medical professionals better suited to addressing certain issues.

There is also some question regarding the degree to which all chiropractors are suited to treat infants. Some studies conducted from the 1970s-1990s show multiple chiropractors giving completely different diagnoses for the same child. One memorable study in 1994 conducted by the news program 20/20 followed, with hidden camera, a baby’s visit to nine chiropractors in New York City, and each came up with diagnoses that were significantly different from one another. While a single anecdote cannot prove safety or danger of infant chiropractic care, the report does suggest that despite licensing, not all chiropractic care may be equal.

You must take the same precaution with MDs too. Some medical doctors are woefully incompetent as opposed to their peers. Getting reviews from other people, assuring that a doctor is licensed, and checking out licensing to make sure it is current is a good way to start on the path of selection a pediatrician for your baby.

No less care should be taken if you feel your child would benefit from infant chiropractic care. You should work carefully with your child’s pediatrician or your obstetrician to select a reputable, competent chiropractor who will not ignore potential causes for illnesses that would be best addressed by your child’s pediatrician. You should also pay attention to whether chiropractic care is indeed helpful to your child. While chiropractors contend that all infants should have chiropractic care, there are many medical doctors who find such treatment unnecessary.

Chiropractic services has come a long way since its early beginnings and it is being combined more with other natural treatment options, which in turn gives the patient the best possible outcome in relieving their pain and discomfort. If you are in pain, make an appointment today to have an evaluation with the competent staff and be on your way to a pain-free life with an all natural treatment plan tailored for your condition.


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