Wow – chiropractic really made the news this week! I was interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald for a story that ended up in just about every Fairfax newspaper from here to Perth and on radio stations around the country. Then on Thursday night, a similar story aired on Today Tonight on Channel 7, with the tag-line, “Chiropractic For Kids – is it child abuse?” Funnily enough, the feedback the Chiropractors Association has received has been fantastic. We’re getting more requests for chiropractors for children around Australia than ever.
So what’s the deal? Why do kids need chiropractic care? Is it safe?
Well, let’s address the big one first. Yes, chiropractic care is super-safe for kids. In fact, there hasn’t been a serious negative outcome reported anywhere in the world since 1992. Compare that safety record to any other form of health care and chiropractic looks extremely safe.
Why do children need regular chiropractic check-ups? Kids need chiropractic for the same reason that adults need it. A chiropractic textbook published in 1927 used the famous analogy of the safety pin to explain how a brain and body can become partially disconnected by subluxation. This disconnection opens up the possibility of reduced effectiveness of nerve system function and “dis-ease”, a state of abnormal physiology.
Chiropractic restores the connection between brain and body, helping the body to control and coordinate all its functions in the best way possible. And that’s a good thing for any body to have at any age.