If you have ever spoken to either of our doctors or have read our website, then you know that at Continuum Chiropractic in Greenville SC we have a special passion for pediatric patients. We are regularly asked many questions about chiropractic care for children, so we wanted to take a few minutes and address some of the most common questions and concerns.
Q: Is chiropractic care safe for children?
The short A: Yes!
The long A: Built into this question is another that I will answer at the same time, and that is: "Do you adjust pediatric and adult patients the same way?" While the safety of your children is always a valid concern, the initial question makes even more sense if you have experience with adult chiropractic care because many of the techniques used on adults can be quite forceful. We use an entirely different set of adjustments on children that are very gentle and slowly increase in force as the child develops and grows older. To give you an idea of the types of forces we use, the typical adjustment for an infant uses no more force than the amount of pressure you can push in on your eye before it starts to hurt. Because the spine and surrounding structures are not fully developed in children (and they do not have years to decades of past damage) this minimal force is all that is necessary to make corrective changes. In addition to gentle and safe adjustments, all of our tests and examinations are also gentle, safe, and completely non-invasive.
Q: What age is appropriate to start care?
A: You can start care as soon a child is born. In fact, the birthing process is often the first stress on a child's spine (if you have seen or experienced birth, think about how traumatic that process can be). Both Continuum doctors have adjusted children the same day they were born. As mentioned earlier, the techniques we use on kids are very gentle and safe, and specifically designed for each stage of your child's life.
Q: Is there specialty training to work with children?
A: Most chiropractic schools have at least a couple classes that teach elements of pediatric care, so all chiropractors can work with children to some degree. However, there is also an organization called the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) that has an intensive program to teach and certify chiropractors that want to specialize in pediatric care. Both doctors at Continuum have completed the classwork for this certification (except for a single seminar on research techniques) and will begin the final testing process at the start of 2016. They have both already earned their Webster Certification through the ICPA.
Q: Where can I learn more about chiropractic care for children?
A: You can stop by our office to talk at any time, and the ICPA website (www.icpa4kids.org) is another great resource as well.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Greenville office at (864) 640-4096 or fill out our contact form.