Parents have been seeking Chiropractors for years for help with a whole range of ailments and growing pains. In recent decades, researchers have been seeking scientific proof of the benefits chiropractic parents know and love- that well adjusted kids tend to heal quicker, get sick less often and experience fewer ailments into adult years.

However even with all of the anecdotal evidence of benefits to children who are well-adjusted, research is always welcome to confirm these truths.

Check out the most recent press release on Chiropractic care in children, from the ICPA:

Chiropractic Care is Safe, Gentle and Effective


With the evolution of modern health care, more options and
choices are now available for those seeking to manage their
own health. Chiropractic for children is becoming one of the
most popular choices. In the late 1990s, an average of 30
million pediatric visits were made to chiropractors.

Chiropractic effectiveness and safety studies to date have
pointed out that there is no clear evidence of harm to-date,
and the purpose of this study [1] is to shine further light on to
the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments on
To do so, a study survey was created and sent to
over 2000 practicing chiropractors and parents whose
children have undergone or are undergoing chiropractic care.

The survey covered multiple topics of inquiry, including the
reason the parents sought care, what type of adjusting
techniques were used, and what kind of outcomes were seen
with care.

​Outcomes were categorized into improvements, aggravations, such as worsened symptoms or complaints following adjustments, and complications, including fractures, sprains, strains, strokes, or death. The results were positive from both parents and practitioners. ​ 

​The chiropractic survey showed that of 577 pediatric cases, totaling over 5000 visits, only 3 aggravations of muscles stiffness or soreness were reported, all of which were minor, and were addressed by the practitioner. There were no reports of complications.

The results of the parent survey were similar, showing that of 239 children and 1735 visits, 162 parents reported improvements, 2 reported aggravations, and none reported complications. Overall, the safety results, as reported by parents, showed that 0.83% of the population, or 1 in every 867 visits, resulted in minor adverse events.
​What was staggering about the results were the reasons why parents sought chiropractic care for their children. 47% of parents sought “wellness care,” which means there were no complaints or symptoms in the children, and the parents sought care that was vitalistic and holistic in nature that would maintain and optimize the child’s health. The reasons for care that dealt with symptoms included musculoskeletal pain; ear, nose, and throat problems; neurological problems; colic; constipation and bedwetting; asthma and allergies; and birth trauma.
The most common improvements seen were
decreased pain, improved behaviors, and increased immune function. Also, it is important to note that improvements were seen in other areas of the body unrelated to the initial reason for care.
Chiropractic Care for Children is Safe, Gentle and Effective
1. Alcantara J, Ohm J, & Kunz D. (2009) The Safety and
Effectiveness of Pediatric Chiropractic: A Survey of
Chiropractors and Parents in a Practice-Based Research
Network. EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing,

5 (5), 290-295.
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Chiro Care is Safe – New Research June 2016
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