Pediatric Care and Chiropractic

Arlington, WA chiropractor

More and more parents are seeking chiropractic care as a natural option for managing their children's health. Chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasive way to alleviate a number of conditions commonly experienced in kids including back pain, neck pain, sports injury, headache, and more.

 

Chiropractic for Kids with Back Pain

Studies show that kids with back pain tend to develop chronic back problems as an adult, making it all the more important to address musculoskeletal issues at an early age. Fortunately, chiropractic adjustments have been found to successfully ease back pain for the majority of pediatric patients. A literature review showed that manual therapies, such as what we offer in our Arlington clinic, are an effective option for adolescents with back pain. 

Parents searching for drug-free methods of easing neck and back pain in kids can take heart. A study from the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that spinal adjustments and exercise therapies were more effective than pain medications for relieving neck pain. Other research has shown that spinal adjustments ease back pain better than an anti-inflammatory drug called diclofenac.

Chiropractic for Children with Headache

Headaches often originate with a disorder in the cervical spine, or neck. As specialists in the spine, chiropractors can significantly reduce cervicogenic headache and migraine in many patients. Spinal adjustments reduced the frequency of migraines by up to 90% for patients in one study. A combination of chiropractic adjustments and exercise rehabilitation resulted in a 50% reduction in headache symptoms for patients with cervicogenic headache in another study. Dr. Ernst will use gentle manual therapies to correct dysfunctions in the cervical spine and ease headache in children.

Safety of Chiropractic for Kids

Research also shows chiropractic is safe for children. A 2012 study evaluated the safety of chiropractic treatments for kids. It included 956 chiropractic clinics averaging 20,000 pediatric visits per month. Fewer than 1% of children reported side effects from chiropractic treatments, and those who did had only mild side effects. No serious side effects were reported.

When working with children, Dr. Ernst will use low-force spinal adjustments and soft tissue therapies. This allows us to achieve the benefits of chiropractic treatments for alleviating pain in the most gentle way possible.

How Can Clackamas Chiropractic Help

At Ernst Chiropractic, we use non-invasive, drug-free methods of relieving pain in children. Based on your child's specific needs, we may use massage, trigger point therapy, low-force spinal adjustments, mobilization, and exercise rehabilitation. We also may coach your child on posture correction and other healthy habits to minimize musculoskeletal pain.  Our chiropractor Dr. Ernst also works with pediatric and adolescent athletes to relieve and prevent sports injury.

Time and time again, we've seen how chiropractic care can ease pain and improve the quality of life of our pediatric patients in Arlington, WA. Call Ernst Chiropractic for an appointment today.

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