Chiropractic is not a specific ‘treatment’ for any syndrome or disease; it seeks primarily to correct spinal postural dysfunction, and in doing so, a less-stressed central nervous system may result.
The chiropractic approach with children firstly is to assess postural and functional symmetry and whether the child is hitting his or her normal developmental milestones.
All chiropractors have been trained as students in paediatric examination.
Chiropractic care for newborns is extremely gentle, and can often be accomplished while the baby is still asleep.
There have been a number of individual case studies in the chiropractic research literature to date: many of these are available on www.icpa4kids.org . These studies don’t necessarily imply definitive health outcomes for the general paediatric population: more robust ‘meta-analysis’ is required across a broad number of studies to make definitive statements scientifically acceptable.
At present there is a very significant study on the safety of chiropractic paediatric practice being completed in Australia by three PhD researchers, along with a PhD candidate who is also a paediatric chiropractor.