A chiropractic pediatrician (CACCP) performs chiropractic care on children. Because of the rapidly changing bodies of children, a CACCP (Certified by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics) chiropractor is given special training for appropriate treatment at each stage of a child's development.
Training for a CACCP includes more than 360 classroom hours of instruction including classes in pre-natal care, birth, postpartum care, neonate normals, neonate abnormals, and school age/adolescents. The core of chiropractic work involves manual adjustment of the spine to properly align the vertebrae and to allow the body to heal itself naturally.
However, because an infant's spine is different from that of a school-age child, which is different from that of an adolescent, a chiropractic adjustment at each stage of a child's development is different. Understanding the distinctions helps to ensure that chiropractic care is safe and effective for children of any age and that young people have access to proven healthcare options that don't involve drugs or surgery. A Pediatric Chiropractor will see infants in their first year in order to assess them for possible spinal trauma during birth and to give them a head start on health for the rest of their lives.
Detecting and treating problems early in an infant's development can prevent the need for more drastic measures when the child reaches school age or adolescence. For instance, conditions like scoliosis can be corrected and the suffering of a child reduced or eliminated altogether. Left untreated, such conditions can grow worse with time and may lead to more serious health problems or repeated injuries later in life.
Although all chiropractors are trained in pediatrics, the CACCP's professional specialization requires additional rigor. Coursework can include the following: Pediatric neurology, Craniosacral therapy, Pediatric orthopedics, Pediatric radiology, Pediatric sports injuries, Pediatric nutrition, Craniosacral/Myofascial, Nutritional approach to autoimmune challenges, Advanced techniques for infants and pregnant women, Caring for special needs children, Pediatric trauma and emergency medical procedures. This additional training allows chiropractic pediatricians to take care of children at every stage of their development, no matter what challenges beset them.