Ask the Doc: Is chiropractic safe for kids?

Editor’s note: Dr. Philip Schalow’s featured article, “Ask the Doc,” appears monthly. This is the eighth column in the series. Send questions for Dr. Schalow to and he will answer each one individually and choose a sampling for this article.

By Dr. Philip Schalow

This question seems to spring from the doubt fostered by the insurance companies when they declare — without supporting evidence — that chiropractic is not necessary for children.

Chiropractic care is specialized care for the vertebrate, and children are vertebrates. The goal is to remove the vertebral subluxation that impairs nerve system function.

Not all children require this type of care, but those who have had birth injuries or other childhood trauma may require it. Children who display sensory processing issues, including ADHD, or frequent illness, are also likely to require chiropractic care. If it involves the nerve system malfunctioning, it is a likely a chiropractic case.

According to a statement recently published by the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation, “the chiropractic management of children is taught as part of the regular programs of accredited chiropractic educational institutions throughout the world. There are several post-graduate training programs for chiropractors who wish to advance their knowledge and skills in this area. Available studies demonstrate that the chiropractic care of children is safe and efficacious. Practice guidelines and standards of care exist which support and encourage the chiropractic management of children. These guidelines are accepted by numerous chiropractic trade associations and by the National Guidelines Clearinghouse of the United States Federal Government.”

If you want your children functioning at their very best, be sure their spines are cleared of the vertebral subluxation by a qualified chiropractor.

Dr. Philip Schalow is a NUCCA practitioner in Rockford. He owns 1st Step Chiropractic, S.C., 4519 Highcrest Road, Rockford. Call (815) 398-4500 for details or visit

From the Aug. 7-13, 2013, issue

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