Research has repeatedly shown that there are multiple benefits when it comes to chiropractic care for children.
In fact, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health has published a number of different case studies involving children of all ages, highlighting the positive effects of early spinal adjustments. Some of these include its ability to ease colic, relieve constipation, and reduce the incidence of ear infections.
If you treat a lot of younger patients in your office or would like to start, helping them enjoy a higher level of health and fewer issues with typical childhood conditions such as these, you might want to invest in a pediatric table. There are many different options available.
Pediatric table options
Some pediatric tables are simply smaller versions of the regular sized chiropractic tables used to treat adults. They look completely the same and have drops in exactly the same spots (if you prefer drop tables), they are just shorter in length to better fit their smaller bodies.
There are also pediatric tables that are designed in shapes that tend to be more appealing to the younger mind. For instance, some tables are shaped like animals (fish, dinosaurs, zebras, and giraffes, just to name a few) and others have the appearance of other objects children are typically fascinated with, such as school buses, fire engines, and motorcycles.
Regardless of which one you elect to use, they both provide benefits when it comes to treating children in your chiropractic office.
Benefits of using a pediatric chiropractic table
Choosing to use a pediatric chiropractic table in your practice comes with many advantages. For you as the DC, it enables you to tend to your younger patients’ spinal health with more ease because you’re using a table designed specifically for their smaller bodies. This is especially true if you prefer to use drop tables as the drop points are more in line with their shorter spines.
There are also benefits to the children themselves as smaller tables are often less intimidating. This makes their visit with your office less fear-filled or anxiety provoking. And if you elect to get one in a shape that they enjoy, they may even like coming in and getting adjusted, making the experience more pleasurable for them, their parents, and you.
An alternative table option
Another option to consider if you either don’t have a lot of pediatric patients or don’t have the cash to spend on a completely separate table is to purchase a regular-sized chiropractic table that has special configurations.
For instance, you could purchase a table with an extended face cutout, enabling you to treat children easily without having to use a different table. And, for tiny patients, you could also purchase a portable drop head, making it possible to provide the adjustment while the little one is resting comfortably in your arms.
Pediatric tables can be a great investment for your chiropractic practice, particularly when you specialize in child or family care or treat a high number of younger patients.
These are just some of your options when it comes to these tables, and all of them can enable you to make the chiropractic experience more enjoyable for patient and doctor alike.