30 Mar Fast Facts About Chiro for Kids
- In Australia, chiropractors provide care to more than 30,000 paediatric patients (0-18 years old) every week.
- Chiropractors are taught a range of techniques to care for patients and modify all care to suit the age, presentation and development of the patient.
- There is very little evidence of harm associated with chiropractic care of paediatric patients.
- All Australian chiropractors abide by a national Code of Conduct to ensure best practice and maintain the highest level of professional competence and ethics, including:
- Ensuring the needs of the patient are at the forefront of all care;
- Ensuring there is informed consent from the paediatric patient’s parent or guardian;
- Carefully explaining the risks of care and alternatives to care to the parent or guardian; and
- Identifying any ‘red flags’ to the paediatric patient and investigating, managing, co-managing or referring to an appropriate health practitioner.
- Manual Therapies are valued by parents and form part of a comprehensive approach to paediatric care.
- Chiropractors can play an active role in monitoring development, motor skills, and wellbeing through assessments.
In Australia, there has never been a serious adverse event reported in the literature or in insurance claims, involving the care of a child by a chiropractor.
This is despite the fact that there have been an estimated 12-15 million visits by children to chiropractors in the last 20 years.
The evidence of harm is low because chiropractors modify their techniques to suit the age and developmental stage of the patient across the lifespan.
If you have any questions we encourage you to reach out to us
Chiropractic Care for Children – ACA. Retrieved 30 March 2021, from https://www.chiro.org.au/patients/about-chiropractic/chiro-and-kids/