Dr. Philip A. Facquet III, Practices in Smithtown NY
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) do recommend care for infants and children when clinically needed, and I hope that does not come as a surprise to any of you. Consider that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that chiropractic care was the most common doctor-directed complementary or alternative medicine used by US children. In a 2007 study in the Journal Pediatrics, they reported there were 30 million pediatric chiropractic treatments annually. As a doctor, practicing on Long Island, my children have been checked and adjusted, if needed, since birth, but I am a chiropractor so you would expect that. As a parent, I do understand that the real question is if chiropractic care is really safe for your children? The short answer is yes it is and let’s look at the research that supports bringing your children into the DC for treatment.
The scientific literature supports that chiropractic care is safe for children. In a large three-year study, at a teaching clinic, in 2008, found no adverse effects to chiropractic adjusting. There were 781 pediatric patients all under the age of three in this study, 73% were under 13 weeks. There were over 5,200 treatments delivered without any adverse events reported. Eighty-five percent of the parents said their children improved.3
Over my 27 years in practice, I have had the honor of taking care of many children. Some were born to mothers that I cared for during their pregnancies. Some were injured because they fell out of shopping carts, off beds or off trampolines (I suggest staying off of these). Many experienced joint or spinal pain following collisions in sporting activities or because of a mean sibling. Some have even presented with concussions or injuries experienced as a result of car crashes. Yes, children are hurt in car accidents too.
In a 2014 study, published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physical Therapeutics, which reviewed over 115 years of medical literature found that “serious adverse events in infants and children receiving chiropractic, osteopathic, physiotherapy, or medical manual therapies are exceedingly rare. There have been no cases of deaths associated with chiropractic care reported in the academic literature to date.”
I have had success in cases of babies with colic and the scientific literature does support this as well. In 2012 a study found daily crying decreased by 48 percent in the adjusted babies. Other studies have also supported chiropractic for treating this condition.
NY State informs the public that “Chiropractors care for patients suffering from a wide variety of symptoms as their cause relates to the spine, such as headaches; numbness; back, shoulder, neck, chest, rib, arm, and leg pain; abnormal curvature of the spine; muscle spasms; dizziness; and even some stress, asthma, and allergy disorders, among others.” Chiropractic is a hands-on profession; the primary treatment procedure is the chiropractic spinal adjustment.” The state tells you that we find areas that don’t move correctly which may interfere with the nervous system and a chiropractor adjusts those segments to make them move properly again. The practice of chiropractic is regulated to protect patients of all ages.
Lastly, parents that took their children to a chiropractor were highly satisfied with the care and their experience. So what are you waiting for?
At Prescription Chiropractic with locations in Suffolk County, New York, we understand the history of our profession’s alignment with a non-drug approach to health and healing especially in the management of your child’s acute, subacute back, neck, and neuro-musculoskeletal pain. We work with other members of your health care team. Our doctors are well trained and educated to deliver non-pharmaceutical pain management options to support your family’s health care goals. Relax you have made a good choice in starting your care with a Prescription Chiropractic’s hospital affiliated doctors – and if they can’t help you they will find someone that can.
For more information or to have Dr. Facquet speak to your organization about this topic please contact him at DrFacquet@optonline.net.
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Dr. Philip A. Faquet is a chiropractor based out of Smithtown, NY