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The American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics (also known as the ACA Pediatrics Council) was established in 2005. Our goals are to support our members who take care of children in their chiropractic practices, and to promote the acceptance and advancement of pediatric chiropractic care. Click on any question below:

Why should a doctor consider joining your council and learning more about your specialty?
Are there recent developments in the field of chiropractic pediatrics?
What advanced education programs are available through your council?
What other resources does your council offer to doctors who are interested in your field?

Why should a doctor consider joining your council and learning more about your specialty?

Children are more than just little grown-ups. Physically, they are different – their bones are mostly made of cartilage, their ligaments are more flexible and their joints more hypermobile. Children are also different in the way they relate to doctors and explain their symptoms. Chiropractors take classes in pediatrics as part of their regular chiropractic education.  While all chiropractors are adequately trained to meet the chiropractic healthcare needs of children, some chiropractors desire further education to increase their expertise in this area.

Our Council is here to assist in this area.  We strive to make each chiropractor more comfortable with and more knowledgeable about caring for children, so that more children can receive chiropractic care. Our goal is to help chiropractors guide today’s children toward a healthier tomorrow.

Chiropractors also join the Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics to show their appreciation for the importance of chiropractic care for children, even if they don’t see many little ones in their offices. The Council does a lot of work advocating for pediatric chiropractic care through the promotion of research in pediatric topics, and by working to educate the insurance industry, lawmakers and the media about the benefits and appropriateness of chiropractic care for children.

Are there recent developments in the field of chiropractic pediatrics?

Our news section details the most current significant issues in chiropractic pediatrics.

Pediatrics is a rapidly growing segment of chiropractic practices. Chiropractic care is the most common complementary and alternative (CAM) practice used by children. In 1997 alone, children made an estimated 30 million visits to chiropractors in the United States.

Studies are beginning to show that chiropractic can help children not only with typical musculoskeletal complaints, but with somatovisceral issues as varied as asthma, chroni ear infections, breast-feeding difficulties, colic and bedwetting.

What advanced education programs are available through your council?

Our Council puts on an annual symposium, and members receive members receive discounted registration to all Council events.

In August of 2007, we held a joint symposium with the ACA Sports Council. The topics covered included sports injuries in children, an update on pediatric research, craniosacral therapy protocol for infants, toeing in and pronation syndrome in children, and more.

This September, our symposium will be held in conjunction with the ACA’s House of Delegates meeting in Cinncinnati, OH. Topics will include: pediatric adjusting and nutrition; the effects of gluten intolerance on children’s bodies and brains; the relationship between postural and gait abnormalities in children and ADD/ADHD, autism and dyslexia; educating pediatricians about pediatric chiropractic care, and more.

In addition to the annual symposium, our council has also recently recognized a board to oversee specialty training in pediatrics for the ACA. Doctors who are interested in learning more about caring for children can take a 3-year course and obtain diplomate certification in chiropractic pediatrics.

What other resources does your council offer to doctors who are interested in your field?

Our Council puts out a periodic newsletter that contains information about member achievements, the latest on pediatric research, clinical articles covering pediatric topics, and more.

This website will have a referral directory (where parents can search for a pediatric chiropractor in their community), sections on clinical topics, FAQ’s on chiropractic care for children, a calendar with education and other events, research abstracts on pediatric topics, links to other pediatric sites, etc. Please stay tuned for updates.

We also send out e-blasts when media stories relating to chiropractic pediatrics break or when new events are scheduled or when action is needed to support pediatric chiropractic.