Acupuncture for children

Have you ever thought about acupuncture for children? It can help with so many ailments, and our ‘needleless’ treatments use lasers and acupressure, so there is nothing to fear.

As for me, I am always happy to treat youngsters, and it is not just because kids are fun to be around, but children respond very well to acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

Why are kids are getting treatment today?

Many children today suffer from chronic issues that we did not really see 30-40 years ago, and parents are looking for a way to help strengthen their children’s bodies. Acupuncture is one way that we can stop and reverse the progression of negative health issues and reduce their effects on a child.

The most common concerns that parents bring their children in to us for acupuncture treatments include ear infections, eczema, digestive problems, asthma, skin rashes, allergies, ADHD, sprains, strains, anxiety/fear, colic, weakness, early stage colds/flu, delayed speech, concussions/brain injuries, and failure to meet milestones.

What kids eat

Diet is one of the issues that demands pediatric attention, because most kids are not getting enough nutrition. Sometimes a little diet change can make a big difference

These are some common myths about treating children and acupuncture.

1. Acupuncture is only for adults.

Actually, little ones benefit greatly from acupuncture. Pediatric treatments are virtually painless and can be done with or without needles. With the right tools acupuncture can be a really positive experience that children tolerate well. TCM treatments may use massage techniques, pediatric tools, very gently stims (feel like a tickle), lasers/photobiomodulation, herbs and sometimes extremely fine Japanese acupuncture needles. Believe it or not kids usually respond really positively to the experience. They feel happy, relaxed and tend to have a good nap or sleep well that night. Treatments can start shortly after birth, age 0+.

2. Children need the same intense treatment as their parents.

They do not. The reason is that children do not have health issues that are as complicated, as deep rooted, as chronic or as severe as most adults. Children change quite quickly, so we do not need to administer as long a treatment as we would with an adult. The initial treatment is approximately 60 minutes and subsequent sessions run 30 minutes. The actual treatment is short and that allows time to discuss concerns, diet, and lifestyle.

3. Sitting still for a treatment is difficult for a child.

Treatments are very quick and comfortable. It is a good idea to bring something along with them that they enjoy like a toy, a plushy, or a book. They are usually sufficient to grab their attention.

As soon as I saw you I knew an adventure was going to happen

~Christopher Robbin