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I have a friend whose son has a lot of aches and pains frequently. Recently his hip is really hurting him. She was wondering if a chiropractor would be able to help him. Has anyone had experience (good or bad) taking your child to a chiropractor? Do you recommend it?
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I myself, also see a chiropractor on a weekly basis for adjustments and find them very therapeutic and gentle. My daughter is still a toddler and while I am totally open to having her adjusted, even since a few months old, she hasn't been ready and is still not open to the chiropractor coming near her. So, I bring her to appointments with me and the chiropractor is great at giving her little 'jobs' like holding mum's feet while I get adjusted to help her get comfortable with the process of adjustments and the environment. So yes, I would support children being adjusted but just like most things, I'd wait until they themselves are ready for it and understand what it is all about.
I take my son to the chiropractor for regular adjustments as he has frequent episodes of torticollis. The adjustments helps reduce how often he experiences episodes of pain and is great for the rest of his body as he is a dancer and acrobat. I agree that its a good idea to seek advice from a doctor first to explore if there might be any medical issues underlying first. If the doctor supports visiting a chiropractor then I would say go for it. In my experience they are very gentle with children and wouldn't do anything that would scare or harm your child. Perhaps if you could find a family-friendly practice that treats a lot of children then you and your child might be more at ease. Best of luck.
There are a few factors you have to consider if you are thinking of bringing your kid to a chiropractor, like his age, pain tolerance, and his pediatrician’s opinion on it.
I personally experienced going to a chiropractor myself because of my back pains due to Sciatica a few years back. Though it alleviates the pain I was having for a very long time, I am uncertain if this procedure is appropriate for kids because it can be a little uncomfortable, especially for young children.
If you were to ask me, I would not recommend a chiropractor without any approval from your child’s health care practitioner because he will definitely know the steps to take considering he knows your child’s history, to begin with. It may be best to discuss the matter with him and hear his suggestions too. Body pains are a part of growing up but, there may also be a reason behind the pain that your child’s doctor can diagnose and treat if necessary.