Children Going to Chiropractors
As more people are going to chiropractors studies in well-respected journals
such as the New England Journal of Medicine, as well as the popular press
is beginning to pick up and report on this trend. Several NBC affiliate
stations recently ran a segment on the importance of chiropractic adjustments
for children in their show, "The Healthline Report". In
the first of the two segments, Heather King, the reporter noted, "More
and more kids, some as young as a few days old, are going to the chiropractor."
She concluded that. "Going to a chiropractor isn t just for grownups
Along a similar line was an article in the November 11, 1998 issue of
the daily paper Newsday. This article reported that four out of ten Americans
are using what they called "alternative therapies." Most of
this care is paid for out of pocket by the public themselves. Newsday
reported on a study by Dr. David Eisenberg of Beth Israel Deaconness Medical
Center in Boston. In this study of 2055 adults it was found that more
visits were made to alternative care providers than to medical physicians.
While all segments of the population used alternatives, it most prevalent
in baby boomers ages 35 to 49 with college education and income over $50,000
This trend is expected to grow and is reflected in a study supported by
the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. They estimate that 75%
of the 68.8 million Americans insured through work had chiropractic benefits
in 1993. This trend may be only to give the public what they want, as
much of chiropractic care is paid for by the patients themselves. In certain
areas in the US, insurance companies have even started advertising that
they include chiropractic in their plan.
From a chiropractic standpoint we can only ask one remaining question.
With so many people using chiropractic and other "alternatives",
who is really the alternative?
6, 2002 issue of the Boston Globe reports on a phenomenon becoming
more common, children under chiropractic care. The story states: "Chiropractors'
offices, once filled with middle-aged construction workers, over-the-hill
athletes, and migraine headache sufferers, are taking on a younger look
these days as more and more parents are bringing their children in for
exams. For many children, trips to the chiropractor have become a
weekly event, squeezed between sports practices, orthodontist appointments,
and piano lessons."
the article also presents an opinion from a medical doctor, Dr. Robert
Baratz, who said, "Show me a medical doctor who says, `You're here
for hypertension. Oh, why don't you bring your kids in, too.'" In
spite of these antiquated opinions, the Globe reported that in 1998, children
made 420,000 visits to Boston-area chiropractors. This according to a
study in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Local chiropractors
say that figure has steadily grown since that study.
justifies the increased usage of chiropractic care by suggesting there
is an increased need. "To understand why, look no further than Little
Leaguers' mud-stained uniforms, laptops flipped open on the edge of beds,
and excessively heavy backpacks. Add in high-heel and platform shoes worn
by teenage girls, hours in front of Nintendo and, in some cases, too much
studying and not enough exercise, and you've got a lot of young, aching
backs." The Boston Globe also suggests, "The bigger reason children
are getting treatment, though, appears to be parental experience. Some
27 million adults frequented chiropractors' offices in 2001, up from 22
million in 1996, according to the American Chiropractic Association. As
more adults find relief from their back pains through chiropractic treatment,
they're taking their kids in for checkups, too".
most telling part of the article were the patient comments. One explains
''I started coming to the chiropractor because I had a lot of tension
in my back working in front of a computer all day,'' said Audet, of Sharon.
''When I first saw kids here, I thought it was kind of weird. But after
my husband and I had been coming for four or five years, I thought, `Why
not have them try it?'"
interviewed in the article explained that most younger patients have no
symptoms, but come in for wellness and preventative care. They further
explain that the children come in for correction of subluxations to allow
the body to function healthier.