Pediatric Chiropractic: Safe and Effective Care for Children

Chiropractic care is often associated with adults seeking relief from pain and discomfort. However, chiropractic care can be equally beneficial for children, from infants to teenagers. At A Chiropractic Wellness Place in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, we aim to address common misconceptions and provide information on how pediatric chiropractic care can be safe and effective for children’s health.

The Safety of Pediatric Chiropractic Care

One of the primary concerns parents have is the safety of chiropractic care for their children. It’s important to understand that pediatric chiropractic care is safe when performed by a licensed and experienced chiropractor. Here are some key points to consider:

  • Chiropractors who specialize in pediatric care receive specialized training to understand the unique needs and anatomical differences of children.
  • Chiropractic adjustments for children are gentle and adapted to the child’s age, size, and condition.
  • Chiropractors prioritize the comfort and well-being of the child throughout the treatment process.

Benefits of Pediatric Chiropractic Care

Pediatric chiropractic care offers several benefits for children’s health and well-being:

1. Improved Sleep

Chiropractic adjustments can help children with sleep issues. Improved spinal alignment can alleviate discomfort and promote better sleep quality.

2. Enhanced Immune Function

A properly functioning nervous system is essential for a robust immune system. Chiropractic care aims to ensure that the nervous system operates optimally, supporting overall health.

3. Reduced Colic and Reflux

Infants with colic and reflux may find relief through chiropractic adjustments, which can help ease discomfort and improve digestive function.

4. Better Posture

Chiropractors can identify and address postural issues in children, which can prevent musculoskeletal problems as they grow.

5. Support for Developmental Milestones

Chiropractic care can support children as they reach developmental milestones. It can help ensure that the spine and nervous system are functioning optimally during crucial growth phases.

Common Misconceptions About Pediatric Chiropractic

Let’s address some common misconceptions about pediatric chiropractic care:

1. Chiropractic Adjustments Are Painful

Chiropractic adjustments for children are gentle and non-invasive. They should not cause pain or discomfort when performed by a qualified chiropractor.

2. Chiropractic Care Is Only for Adults

Children can benefit from chiropractic care, especially when they have musculoskeletal issues or other health concerns.

3. It’s Only for Back Pain

While chiropractic care can address back pain, it can also support overall health, improve sleep, and enhance the immune system in children.

4. Chiropractic Care Is Not Evidence-Based

Research has shown the effectiveness of chiropractic care for various pediatric conditions, dispelling this misconception.

The Pediatric Chiropractic Experience

If you’re considering pediatric chiropractic care for your child, here’s what you can expect:

1. Child-Centered Approach

Pediatric chiropractors take a child-centered approach, focusing on the unique needs of children and providing a comfortable and safe environment.

2. Comprehensive Assessment

Your child’s chiropractor will conduct a thorough assessment, including a review of their medical history, a physical examination, and discussions about any concerns or symptoms.

3. Gentle Adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments for children are gentle and adapted to the child’s age and condition. Parents are often present to reassure their child during the treatment.

4. Lifestyle Recommendations

Chiropractors may provide lifestyle recommendations for parents and children to support their overall well-being.

Conclusion: Supporting Your Child’s Health

Pediatric chiropractic care can be a valuable addition to your child’s healthcare routine. By addressing common misconceptions and understanding the safety and benefits of chiropractic care for children, parents can make informed decisions about their child’s health.

At A Chiropractic Wellness Place in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, we are committed to providing safe and effective chiropractic care for children of all ages. If you believe your child can benefit from pediatric chiropractic care, schedule a consultation with us today. Support your child’s health and well-being through chiropractic care tailored to their specific needs.

Ready to experience the benefits of chiropractic care? Contact A Chiropractic Wellness Place in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, today to schedule your consultation. Take the first step toward a healthier, pain-free life with our experienced team by your side.

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Will my insurance cover this?2022-12-30T00:19:34-05:00

Most insurance policies offer some chiropractic coverage. Dr. Chiungos works with Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Tufts Health Plan, Unicare/GIC, and Medicare. See the No Surprises Act for more information.

Is chiropractic treatment safe?2022-12-30T00:00:01-05:00

Absolutely. Chiropractic as a profession is more than 100 years old. We follow industry guidelines during our new patient induction process to minimize risk and maximize benefit. Chiropractic malpractice insurance is considered by many to be the least costly  professional insurance in the healthcare industry because chiropractic is generally considered a safe, manual therapy.

When will I start feeling better?2022-12-30T00:00:41-05:00

It depends on your mechanism of injury and your current state of health. You might start feeling better as soon as your adjustment is finished. You might need to go home and ice (Dr. Chiungos will advise you). If your injury is serious, it may take several visits. But your healing has begun from the first adjustment. Your personal care plan is designed to take you from where you are today to your best possible outcome. Dr. Chiungos will keep you updated on your progress at each visit.


Will my insurance cover decompression treatment?2022-12-30T00:07:24-05:00

Decompression treatment is not currently covered by health insurance. If Dr. Chiungos believes this is an integral part of your treatment plan, he will discuss all costs and potential discounts before the start of care. You will receive informed consent.

Is spinal disc decompression treatment safe?2022-12-30T00:08:59-05:00

Spinal Disc Decompression with the SpineMED® Table has shown to be safe and generally without major side effects or complications once abnormal conditions have been ruled out. The process is so safe and comfortable, it’s not uncommon for patients to fall asleep!

Are there any situations that are unsafe for decompression?2022-12-30T00:09:55-05:00

Specific situations that are not suited for decompression therapy include:

  • Patients under 12 years old
  • If you had spinal surgery that involved clips, mesh or fusion
  • If you have fractures, tumors or infections
  • If you have osteoporosis or spondylolisthesis where there’s been a fracture or non-union defect in the spine, where that segment that we want to traction is unstable
How does decompression complement traditional chiropractic?2022-12-30T00:10:24-05:00

Damaged intervertebral discs seldom heal as the discs are constantly under pressure from muscular spasm—during normal activities, and even while sleeping! SpineMED is designed to reduce the pressure in the discs, promoting the influx of vital fluids, nutrients and oxygen back into the discs to assist the body’s natural rebuilding process. This process may speed up the natural repair and could eventually heal damaged spinal discs.

How long will decompression therapy take?2022-12-30T00:10:50-05:00

Sessions are typically 30 minutes long. It could take 15 to 25 sessions or more to see some relief from your discomfort. That’s variable based on your status and the condition we’re treating. Ideally, the sessions are performed daily with rest on the weekend.

Aspen Laser

Will my insurance cover laser treatment?2022-12-30T00:02:57-05:00

Laser treatment, as used in chiropractic offices, is not currently covered by health insurance. If Dr. Chiungos believes this is an integral part of your treatment plan, he will discuss all costs and potential discounts before the start of care.

Is laser therapy safe?2023-01-18T14:21:08-05:00

Laser therapy has been in use for over thirty years with almost no side effects reported. Aspen Laser is FDA-registered and passes all safety compliance requirements. The treatments are not painful; in fact, laser is warm and comfortable to your skin. Dr. Chiungos will check in with you regularly to make sure the temperature feels right, and you can always speak up if it starts to feel too warm. The main safety concern is for the eyes, which is why Dr. Chiungos will provide protective glasses for both patient and doctor at each session.

Are there any situations that are unsafe for laser?2022-12-30T00:04:42-05:00

Laser is effective on most parts of the body; however, there are times when laser is not appropriate:

  • during pregnancy
  • within twelve months of cancer treatments
  • during the use of photo-sensitizing medications
  • over recent steroid injections (seven days)
  • over growth plates or reproductive glands
  • over tattoos or skin infections
How does laser complement traditional chiropractic?2022-12-30T00:05:14-05:00

Laser therapy promotes energy production supporting cellular repair, increased blood flow, increased red blood cell oxygen-carrying capacity, and decrease of inflammation. When used in conjunction with traditional chiropractic, laser can reduce pain and healing time, and promote a deeper, more complete healing to the area of concern.

How long will laser take?2022-12-30T00:05:45-05:00

Sessions typically last 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. They generally start longer and reduce in length as you heal. Most acute conditions require only 10 – 12 treatment sessions. If you have a chronic condition, you may need 12 – 20 treatments and one or two follow-up sessions every month. The amount and frequency of treatments are determined through assessment of your condition combined with Dr. Chiungos’s experience treating patients with laser. You will likely start to feel better after your first 5 sessions.

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