The Biggest Misconceptions About Chiropractic for Kids

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One of the biggest misunderstandings about chiropractic is its safety. When most people think about chiropractic adjustments, they imagine incredibly forceful and aggressive movements that require twisting the body into uncomfortable positions, resulting in a great deal of popping and cracking. While some chiropractic adjustments and techniques are more vigorous than others, there is another huge misconception about the force behind adjustments used on babies, children, and teens.

The truth is that an adult adjustment will look very different from an adjustment to a baby or child. Chiropractors are concerned first and foremost about the health and safety of those they serve, and that includes never being more forceful than necessary during an adjustment.

Unfortunately, many in the medical field don’t know much about chiropractic and have taken these misconceptions to heart, often advising parents not to take their children to the chiropractor. Pediatricians, orthopedic physicians, and more cite forceful adjustments and a lack of getting to the root cause of problems. However, if you’ve ever seen a baby or child get adjusted at Greater Life Chiropractic in Charlotte, you know those concerns couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Gentle & Safe Adjustments

Studies have shown little to no adverse effects from chiropractic adjustments in babies, children, pregnant women, and other adults. In the majority of cases where adverse effects were reported, other underlying health conditions or preexisting pathology were also present. This is why Dr. Grant and his team at Greater Life Chiropractic do a full medical workup before adjusting anyone. We want to make sure no anomalies are present so that it is perfectly safe for each person to be adjusted.

Additionally, the amount of pressure used for an adjustment is in line with the person being adjusted. Imagine the difference in adjusting a 250-pound man and a 120-pound woman. Obviously, the pressure and power would differ greatly. The same goes for adjusting infants and young children. For our tiniest practice members, Dr. Grant uses no more pressure than what you would use to check the ripeness of an avocado!

Medical professionals recommend against forceful adjustments for babies and kids, and so do we! We would never use forceful pressure in adjusting a little one, and we would never recommend aggressive adjustments for young kids.

Getting to the Root Cause

Pediatricians and other traditional medical doctors serve a great purpose in our world, but the healthcare industry hasn’t served us well in terms of achieving honest to goodness health. We live in a sick-care model that treats symptoms and only reacts to health-related problems. Chiropractic care has flipped that model upside down and inside out, aiming to discover the root cause of any issues you’re facing, from pain to digestive troubles to headaches and more. While a medical doctor may prescribe a pill or an orthopedist may schedule a surgery, the goal of chiropractic is to treat you with non-invasive, natural, and effective measures. While there is certainly a time and place for medication and surgery in certain situations, chiropractors are adept at getting to the root cause of your issues and correcting them effectively.

If you have any questions, concerns, or hesitations about getting yourself or your child adjusted and under regular chiropractic care, please give us a call and chat with us. We would love to teach you more about chiropractic care and share study after study of how safe, effective, and beneficial chiropractic is.


Driehuis, F., Hoogeboom, T.J., Nijhuis-van der Sanden, M.W.G., de Bie, R.A., Staal, J.B. “Spinal manual therapy in infants, children and adolescents: A systematic review and meta-analysis on treatment indication, technique and outcomes.” PLoS ONE, 2019; 14(6): e0218940.

Stuber, K.J., Wynd, S., Weis, C.A. “Adverse events from spinal manipulation in the pregnant and postpartum periods: a critical review of the literature.” Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, 2012 Mar 28; 20:8.

Todd, A.J., Carroll, M.T., Robinson, A., Mitchell, E.K.L. “Adverse Events Due to Chiropractic and Other Manual Therapies for Infants and Children: A Review of the Literature.” Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics, Nov-Dec 2015; 38(9): 699-712.


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