More Children Going to
The June 6, 2002 issue of the Boston Globe
reports on a phenomenon becoming more common, children under chiropractic
care. The story states: "Chiropractors' offices, once filled with
middle-aged construction workers, over-the-hill athletes, and migraine
headache sufferers, are taking on a younger look these days as more and more
parents are bringing their children in for exams.
For many children, trips to the
chiropractor have become a weekly event, squeezed between sports practices,
orthodontist appointments, and piano lessons."
Not surprisingly, the article also presents an opinion from a medical
doctor, Dr. Robert Baratz, who said, "Show me a medical doctor who says,
`You're here for hypertension. Oh, why don't you bring your kids in, too.'"
In spite of these antiquated opinions, the Globe reported that in 1998,
children made 420,000 visits to Boston-area chiropractors. This according
to a study in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Local
chiropractors say that figure has steadily grown since that study..
The article justifies the increased usage of chiropractic care by
suggesting there is an increased need. "To understand why, look no further
than Little Leaguers' mud-stained uniforms, laptops flipped open on the edge
of beds, and excessively heavy backpacks. Add in high-heel and platform
shoes worn by teenage girls, hours in front of Nintendo and, in some cases,
too much studying and not enough exercise, and you've got a lot of young,
aching backs." The Boston Globe also suggests, "The bigger reason children
are getting treatment, though, appears to be parental experience. Some 27
million adults frequented chiropractors' offices in 2001, up from 22 million
in 1996, according to the American Chiropractic Association. As more adults
find relief from their back pains through chiropractic treatment, they're
taking their kids in for checkups, too".
Probably the most telling part of the article were the patient comments.
One explains ''I started coming to the chiropractor because I had a lot of
tension in my back working in front of a computer all day,'' said Audet, of
Sharon. ''When I first saw kids here, I thought it was kind of weird. But
after my husband and I had been coming for four or five years, I thought,
`Why not have them try it?'"
The chiropractors interviewed in the article explained that most younger
patients have no symptoms, but come in for wellness and preventative care.
They further explain that the children come in for correction of
subluxations to allow the body to function healthier.