Dr. Stern has worked with many little ones in our practice in Sunnyvale, CA. As a mother or father, there is no worse feeling than seeing your kids in pain and not being able to do anything about it. Maybe you're nervous about the side effects of the drugs or maybe even these traditional approaches to pain management haven't helped. Recent research proposes that more parents of kids with chronic neurological conditions are turning to chiropractic and other complementary and alternative therapies to help their kids live normal, pain-free lives.

Canadian Study Results

In one investigation of pediatric patients at Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton, Canada, and Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the authors looked at over 200 questionnaires completed regarding both male and female patients with an average age of almost 10 years old. The diagnosis of the patients ranged from epilepsy to headaches to cerebral palsy.

They found that around 60% of the parents surveyed had sought some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The most prevalent CAM methods were therapeutic massage and chiropractic care. Multi-vitamins were the most used CAM products.

In the surveys examined, most participants found that they found good health results with CAM and appreciated the negligible or completely non-existent side effects. They also pointed out that if you do choose to use CAM products, it is always best to disclose this to your primary-care provider.

In a prior study involving the same two hospitals, specialists reviewed 939 questionnaires completed by parents who had kids with serious illnesses. Just as before, the parents also highly agreed that CAM supplements and treatments such as chiropractic care were used quite often and very effective when dealing with kids who suffered with chronic disorders. The ones mentioned in the study were disorders pertaining to cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, oncology, or respiratory issues.

Better Communication Equals Better Outcomes

Both of these studies point out the many advantages of using complementary and alternative therapy like chiropractic care when helping a little one manage their long-term health issues. It offers an alternative that doesn't create undesirable complications and focuses on complete body health, making it perfect for children with chronic health issues.

You want the best for your youngsters and Dr. Stern is here to provide you with a natural approach to keeping your kids healthy. Give Dr. Stern a call today at (415) 308-7636 for an appointment.

Galicia-Connolly E, et al. CAM use in pediatric neurology: An exploration of concurrent use with conventional medicine. PLoS One. 2014; 9(4).

Adams D, et al. Complementary and alternative medicine use by pediatric specialty outpatients. Pediatrics 2013; 131; 225.

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