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Old 08-11-2012, 06:21 AM   #1
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Those who go to chiro for their kids

For those whose kids see a chiropractor, do you feel it really works? I believe it is helpful for some things (for eg I had a numb patch on my leg, chiro worked wonders to release those nerves). I have heard many people swear blind that chiro really helps their kids with various things. I have taken my one daughter twice, because she's two and cranky, lol. I would take the 4yo but she is non-cooperative with things like that so I don't bother to waste the money. The chiro always says her neck is 'out'. I just wonder if that is what they tell everybody (I am sure it would be since that is their business), and if it really does anything. I haven't noticed any difference after she's manipulated her.

I am also interested to know if there is any real medical evidence for chiropractic care in kids?
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It worked well for DS. Although we took him because he had hip dysplasia and we were trying to prevent him from needing it surgically repaired. He's been going since he was 5 months, he's now almost 3.5 years
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Re: Those who go to chiro for their kids

I took my older son when he was about a week old. He was injured really badly during delivery despite being delivered via c-section. He was in a lot of pain. Nursing was causing more pain for him. I was on the verge of getting formula and a bottle and then probably taking him back to the hospital. He wouldn't even finnish the 1/2 an ounce I had managed to pump. I had to work hard to get him to eat at all.

Before even leaving the chiropractors office he was demanding to eat for the first time since we had left the hospital to begin with. We went back 2 more times after that. Instead of formula or hospital IVs as I had feared we went on to nurse for nearly 4 years.

Prior to that visit I had no opinion either way concerning chiropractors. It was a visit of desperation. A last stop before formula and the hospital. My nb only woke to eat if I woke him up and then only stayed awake a few minutes. He had even stopped crying. He wore the same diaper for the whole day and it was totally dry. I honestly didn't think the chiro could help us at all. When we left we had a totally different baby. It was day and night difference. Now I swear by them having seen them effect a change so drastic in my lo

We used them again when my son started having seizures and also when he had trouble with gagging and vomiting with solids. He outgrew the seizures although he may have done that anyway so I don't know if it was the chiro or not. For his gagging and vomiting I do think the chiro made a difference. This time it did take a few weeks to see some changes.
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I take my 4yo, 2.5yo and 4mo and I believe it works. My chiro has been able to tell me that my infant favors a breast and which one it is based on the misalignment of his atlas. The most significant difference I noticed just recently was in my 4yo. He'd had a junky cough for 5 weeks. We'd been to the Ped, who said it was just allergies (he's on Claritin) and then after a bad coughing episode one night, we went to Urgent Care who also said allergies and gave us an inhaler for any possible future episodes. The next week we went to the chiro (who I honestly should have went to earlier) and they said his back was really off. His adjustment was on Monday and his coughing subsided by Wednesday. He went from a junky cough sporadically during the day for 6 weeks to nothing. I started going when I was pregnant w/ DS2 and I definitely contribute the chiropractic care to the smooth VBAC birth of my 9.8lb baby.

We normally go every two weeks. If my kids are in good health, I normally don't see a difference; I just look at it as a preventative measure.
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See, this whole - we see the chiro every 2 weeks thing is what gets me. If someone said that they went to their doctor every two weeks as preventative care, people here would be up in arms over the quack doctor who was just gouging your for $$. Yet, people see nothing wrong with going to the chiro every 2 weeks for the same reason.

I have never looked into research on the actual effectiveness of chiros. I personally had some back problems. Tried the chiro for a bit and would get a little temporary relief (that's with going 2+ x a week). Well, our insurance changed, so I switched to a physical therapist and within several weeks or working on specific exercises and treatments, my bask issue was cleared up entirely and I haven't been back to either the PT or the chiro. I do periodically do the exercises that the PT gave me.
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See, this whole - we see the chiro every 2 weeks thing is what gets me. If someone said that they went to their doctor every two weeks as preventative care, people here would be up in arms over the quack doctor who was just gouging your for $$. Yet, people see nothing wrong with going to the chiro every 2 weeks for the same reason.
I have always thought the same thing.
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See, this whole - we see the chiro every 2 weeks thing is what gets me. If someone said that they went to their doctor every two weeks as preventative care, people here would be up in arms over the quack doctor who was just gouging your for $$. Yet, people see nothing wrong with going to the chiro every 2 weeks for the same reason.

I have never looked into research on the actual effectiveness of chiros. I personally had some back problems. Tried the chiro for a bit and would get a little temporary relief (that's with going 2+ x a week). Well, our insurance changed, so I switched to a physical therapist and within several weeks or working on specific exercises and treatments, my bask issue was cleared up entirely and I haven't been back to either the PT or the chiro. I do periodically do the exercises that the PT gave me.
Well, I say every two weeks in a perfect world. When I was pregnant, it was every week to keep everything aligned w/ a constantly shifting baby. Now we're lucky to go every 4-6 weeks or so. My chiro charges $1 per year of age for children, so it only costs me $7 for him/her to adjust my kids. If it were $$ we'd definitely limit our visits. Plus, I guess I look at a doctor as someone who treats an illness/disease, whereas I look at the chiro as a means of maintaining a healthy, functioning body/immune system in combination w/ diet and exercise.
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Well, I say every two weeks in a perfect world. When I was pregnant, it was every week to keep everything aligned w/ a constantly shifting baby. Now we're lucky to go every 4-6 weeks or so. My chiro charges $1 per year of age for children, so it only costs me $7 for him/her to adjust my kids. If it were $$ we'd definitely limit our visits. Plus, I guess I look at a doctor as someone who treats an illness/disease, whereas I look at the chiro as a means of maintaining a healthy, functioning body/immune system in combination w/ diet and exercise.
See, my thought is this. I am healthy and have a functioning body/immune system and I don't go to the chiro. If you are needing to go to the chiro all of the time in order to "maintain" a healthy, functioning bodyimmune system, then perhaps the adjustments themselve require you to get additional adjustment.

As I mentioned, I had a problem and had to be adjusted frequently and then discovered that the physical therapist was able to actually fix the problem rather than temporarily relieving symptoms. I no longer needed ongoing treatment because the problem was fixed. To me the goal is not to need treatment from any provider on an ongoing basis. If the chiro isn't correcting the problem, then I would find a different chiro or a different specialty.

I guess that I get the impression that doctors, physical therapists, speech therapists, etc. all have a goal of cure. They want to fix the problem which means that you no longer need them. On the other hand, chiros don't seem to have this as an end goal. They are all about the ongoing, long term, adjustments, which leaves me wondering whether these individuals would be better off with a PT.
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See, my thought is this. I am healthy and have a functioning body/immune system and I don't go to the chiro. If you are needing to go to the chiro all of the time in order to "maintain" a healthy, functioning bodyimmune system, then perhaps the adjustments themselve require you to get additional adjustment.

As I mentioned, I had a problem and had to be adjusted frequently and then discovered that the physical therapist was able to actually fix the problem rather than temporarily relieving symptoms. I no longer needed ongoing treatment because the problem was fixed. To me the goal is not to need treatment from any provider on an ongoing basis. If the chiro isn't correcting the problem, then I would find a different chiro or a different specialty.

I guess that I get the impression that doctors, physical therapists, speech therapists, etc. all have a goal of cure. They want to fix the problem which means that you no longer need them. On the other hand, chiros don't seem to have this as an end goal. They are all about the ongoing, long term, adjustments, which leaves me wondering whether these individuals would be better off with a PT.
Do you take daily vitamins/supplements or probiotics? I view those along the same lines as chiropractics. While I have a functioning body/immune system without them, I feel they help my body/immune system perform at it's optimal level.

And I completely agree with the second bolded to an extent. I'd like to think most chiros have an end goal when it comes to treating an illness/problem, but I guess when your practice involves keeping the spine correctly aligned and our everyday movements cause it to shift constantly, there are sometimes needs for maintenance visits.

Sorry for the thread hijack, OP.
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Do you take daily vitamins/supplements or probiotics? I view those along the same lines as chiropractics. While I have a functioning body/immune system without them, I feel they help my body/immune system perform at it's optimal level.

And I completely agree with the second bolded to an extent. I'd like to think most chiros have an end goal when it comes to treating an illness/problem, but I guess when your practice involves keeping the spine correctly aligned and our everyday movements cause it to shift constantly, there are sometimes needs for maintenance visits.

Sorry for the thread hijack, OP.
Actually, I do not take supplements just for the sake of taking them. I take specific supplements (Vit D in particular) due to an actual diagnosed deficiency. When I was pregnant/nursing I took other supplements due to the increased demand on my body and because I had difficulty eating a diet that I believed to be sufficiently balanced in those nutrients. However, on a week to week basis I eat a well balanced diet and therefore see no need to spend $$ on vitamins and trace minerals that are simply being excreted because they are not needed.

As far as our everyday movements causing our bodies to shift -- they were designed to move. I do not believe it is necessary to have someone "correct" something that is natural and part of our body's design. If something is causing an actual problem, well then I think a person can and should see someone to correct it. But, the idea that the spine needs to be adjusted due to every day life is not something I believe in.
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