Can Children Benefit from Seeing a Chiropractor?

Can Children Benefit from Seeing a Chiropractor?

While spinal manipulation has been practiced for centuries, it is a relatively “modern” discipline here in the Western world. It has proven to be an effective solution for many people - and for many different health and wellness goals. From pain relief and reinvigoration of the mind and body to improved immune, system, cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive health, chiropractic care delivers a wide array of advantages. But is the same true when it comes to children? Can kids benefit from seeing a chiropractor? And is it safe?


Watching your child struggle with pain, injury, mobility challenges, or health issues is undoubtedly difficult. If we could take away their discomfort or put it on our own bodies, we would do so in a heartbeat. Because we cannot do that, seeking the best care and treatment is essential. After all, kids have a lot of important work to do: they need to play, grow, learn, and thrive! Pediatric chiropractic care can be part of the solution. 

When Children Benefit from Chiropractic Care 

Most children see a chiropractor when they are coping with musculoskeletal issues, whether caused by physical trauma or congenital or acquired diseases. However, about one in ten seek chiropractic care for non-musculoskeletal conditions, such as asthma, headache, persistent ear infections/inflammation, and the prevention of illness.

Select trained chiropractors offer spinal manipulation for children, as well as soft tissue treatment, postural guidance, nutritional advice, and exercise advice.

Is It Safe for Children to See a Chiropractor?

As with any treatment, we want to make sure that chiropractic care is safe for our children. In fact, the risk of adverse reactions is low. It is also important to note that in an analysis of two randomized trials and 11 observational reports, researchers found 20 cases of delayed diagnosis of other conditions. What this means is that, in a low number of cases, treating a symptom with chiropractic care slowed the process of diagnosing and treating another, underlying, issue.

This is why it is essential that you choose a practitioner who has specific and extensive, training and experience in pediatric chiropractic services. Treating a child is very different from treating an adult. The professional needs to adjust his or her techniques, force, contact points, and depths to ensure the child’s safety and wellbeing. They must also be conscientious about obtaining a medical history to determine if there may be underlying issues; working with a primary care provider is exceptionally helpful.

The bottom line, according to research, is that pediatric chiropractic care is very unlikely to cause harm. But does it help?

We’re waiting for the scientific evidence to catch up to the anecdotal evidence in terms of chiropractic care for children. Most studies have been conducted with adults. However, opting for safe, noninvasive, and non-drug treatments can make a difference in your child’s health, wellbeing, mobility, and even mood.

Choosing an Experienced Chiropractic Care Provider for Your Child

To ensure that your child’s experience is as safe and positive as possible:

  • Select a chiropractor who has training in pediatric services. This is critical. Children’s joints, muscles, bones, and connective tissues are significantly different, and trained professionals know how to apply the right level of force, for example, to deliver benefits without inflicting adverse effects. 
  • Talk to your pediatrician. Let him or her know that you are seeking complementary or alternative treatment for your child. Likewise, let your chiropractor know if your child is coping with any illnesses or injuries of which he or she should be aware.
  • Take advantage of other services. As mentioned, many chiropractic care centers also offer guidance in terms of nutrition, activity, lifestyle, corrective exercises, and more. These can help your child a great deal.

If you are exploring chiropractic care for your child, do not hesitate to reach out to Beth El Wellness & Chiropractic. We are happy to provide you with the information you need to make a safe choice for your child. Let us know how we can help!