Increasing Number of Children Receive Pediatric Chiropractic Care

baby-feet-847204_1920A growing number of parents are adding pediatric chiropractic care as an integrative component of their children’s health care regimen.

Survey data indicates that the percentage of chiropractic patients under 17 years of age has increased at least 8.5 percent since 1991, says the American Chiropractic Association. Further, a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study indicated that nearly 3 percent of children in the United States were treated with chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation in 2007, making it the most common form of doctor-directed complementary or alternative medicine used by children.

According to Elise Hewitt, DC, a Portland-area doctor of chiropractic and president of the American Chiropractic Association’s Pediatrics Council, chiropractic care isn’t just for adults. Infants and children can benefit from spinal manipulation and other forms of chiropractic care just as much as their parents and grandparents.

“It’s very important that a child have both a pediatrician and a pediatric chiropractor. A pediatric chiropractor is not there to replace the role of the pediatrician,” says Dr. Hewitt. “The pediatrician provides medications when necessary and delivers care in times of serious illness and injury. A pediatric chiropractor is there for preventative wellness care and maintenance of the child’s structure. The two are very complementary.”

Studies are beginning to show that chiropractic can help children not only with typical back and neck pain complaints, but also with issues as varied as asthma, chronic ear infections, nursing difficulties, colic and bedwetting.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle. Doctors of chiropractic – commonly referred to as chiropractors – practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Following their undergraduate education, doctors of chiropractic obtain a four-year degree consisting of more than 4,500 hours of study and clinical experience. Pediatric specialists receive additional post-doctorate training.

“The vast majority of parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and look forward to subsequent visits. They also report that their children experience a greater level of health while under regular chiropractic care,” Dr. Hewitt notes.

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is the nation’s leading chiropractic organization representing more than 15,000 doctors of chiropractic and their patients. To find a chiropractor near you, visit the ACA’s searchable member database at http://www.acatoday.org/DocSearch.

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source: American Chiropractic Association. January 29, 2009.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association. 2009

The Unbreakable Wolfe’s Law

2498102489_619d2b53af_zWolff’s Law shows that weight bearing exercise leads to increased bone density. Interestingly, X-rays of a professional baseball pitcher will show a much larger, denser, stronger bone in their pitching arm. A recent study supports adolescent sports and physical activity in general to improve bone health and lessen the likelihood of bone fracture later in life.

Specifically, jumping and running help increase the long-term bone density of the hips and pelvis where many osteoporotic fractures occur. Bone fractures in the elderly all too often result in a cascade of failing health and death.

Fortunately, the long term effects of activity early in life will likely reduce the likelihood of bone fracture by as much as 50 percent later in life.

The Hall Chiropractic system of health begins with 30 years’ experience. It includes addressing the causes of a problem – not just the symptoms. Our comprehensive care plan includes clinical and home work to strengthen muscles, improve posture and increase mobility. Call Dr. Hall at 803.421.2240 or visit us at 1171 Market Street, Suite 104 in Fort Mill’s Baxter Village for a no-obligation consultation.

Our office is open from 7AM Monday through Friday and we accept most health insurances.

1 The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, July 2006.

Energy Drinks – Why Kids and Teens Should Avoid Them

There is growing demand (and confusion) about sports drinks and energy drinks. With the increased popularity of sports / energy drinks, we are seeing more and more cases of negative reactions experienced by the kids and teenagers who consume them.

Sports drinks contain extra calories that children don’t need, and can contribute to obesity and tooth decay. They also contain large amounts of unbalanced carbohydrates, vitamins and electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium which young kidneys and livers have to work to expel.

Energy drinks contain stimulants such as caffeine, guarana, ginseng and taurine which tax adrenal glands, and kidneys.  These stimulates have been linked to increased heart rate and blood pressure.

Parents should be aware that kids and teens are more susceptible to the effects of energy drinks due to their smaller, more sensitive and growing bodies than adults are. With the US energy drink market expected to reach $9 billion in 2011 it’s no surprise that energy drink manufactures are downplaying a May 30, 2011 report in Pediatrics warning about the hazards of energy drink consumption by youngsters.

Did I mention that kids and young adults account for half of this $9 billion dollar market?! Experts recommend kids and teens quench their thirst with good ‘ole water or if they’re and athlete

A 2007 Institute of Medicine report recommends that kids drink NO energy drinks and restrict sports drinks to use by athletes ONLY during prolonged, vigorous sports activities. This probably doesn’t apply to a Muppet soccer game, by the way. The goal of most sports activities in kids should be simple rehydration. Perhaps the red dye # whatever in Kool-Aid isn’t so bad after all.

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