Chiropractic Pediatrics

by Dr Neil J. Davies, DC

Chiropractic Pediatrics is a text that any DC treating children will turn to almost on a daily basis for information and confirmation.

It's brimful of information, both of a practical nature, for example, how to test for a squint; the management of the colicky baby and what to look for in the child with a headache -

Also there is much background information on conditions such as Juvenile Arthritis, or the most common connective tissue disease of childhood, Systemic Lupus.

The book also has an extensive section on the examination and treatment of the spine and pelvis of the child.

Chiropractic Pediatrics

The cover of the book Chiropractic pediatrics, by the author Neil Davies


  • Chiropractic in the pediatric field
  • The pediatric history
  • The pediatric physical examination
  • Recognising the seriously ill child
  • The Irritable Baby Syndrome
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pediatric neurology by Allan Terrett
  • School learning difficulties
  • Common infectious diseases
  • Attention deficit / hyperactivity
  • The enuretic child
  • Autism, cancer, allergies, rheumatic diseases
  • Subluxation assessment
  • Adjusting the cerivcal spine and thoracic spine
  • Cranial treatment written by Nahla Khraim

and much much more.

What is also pleasing about this book is that Dr Davies is not shy about using other authorities in the field. 17 different experts in the field add much to this book.

What I particularly love personally about the treatment of the child is how quickly they usually respond if the condition is truly a chiropractic condition. When they don't then I know to get a second opinion from a medical specialist.

Mind you that applies to any patient, though when dealing with what is a certain chronic spinal condition, for example, one does not expect the instant results that characterise chiropractic pediatrics.

Immunisation of infants

This difficult and controversial subject is well managed; despite the severe reactions and even death of some infants after immunisation, the overall benefit of having a world without polio, for example, makes it a recommendation.

The death of three healthy babies recently in the Netherlands in one week after immunisation against pneumonia raised many questions about the immunisation of any and every disease.

Should it be reserved for very serious, incurable and untreatable diseases only?

And for that matter should all adults have the flu shots every year? In my humble opinion certainly not.

Useful links

Physical Therapists providing a Chiropractic adjustment?

Many insurance companies now only pay for physical therapists to provide a chiropractic adjustment; that's in the face of powerful research proving that inclusion of DCs to perform their own technique would save them a good deal of money. One has to conclude that political medicine has gone off on another tack to contain our profession.

It's being successful with some doctors of chiropractic quitting. Others become involved in some dodgy practices, like demanding that patients sign up for a whole year of treatment in advance, in order to stay in business.

In recessionary times, the going is tough when the insurance won't pay.

Is the day approaching for a new Wilk versus the AMA and the insurance companies?

The chiropractic profession has tried hard to stay on the moral high ground; those who stoop to unscrupulous practices need to be exposed and disciplined if we are not to stoop to the low blows that medicine has often resorted to contain and eliminate us.

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