Holistic Pediatrics
Holistic Pediatric Care
Pro-Holistic Care is a health care center for the entire family. Dr. Rae Bouvin, our pediatric practitioner, first began her focus in this area to treat her own young children. From birth and through the formative years, children experience stress to the neck and spine that can lead to chronic conditions in adulthood. Regular chiropractic care is a safe, natural and effective way to improve immune function, sleep, and behavior. As one of Chicago’s most experienced pediatric chiropractors, Dr. Bouvin can help to care for a specific condition or develop a customized health plan for your child.

Our pediatric services include:
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Physical Exams
  • Monthly And Annual Check-ups
  • Nutritional Consultations
  • Food Sensitivity Testing
  • Heavy Metal Testing
  • Heavy Metal Cleansing
  • Acupressure/Acupuncture
  • Massage
We Can Help Children With:
  • Ear Infections
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Bedwetting
  • Behavior Problems
  • Colic
  • Digestive problems
  • Eczema
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent Colds/ Illness
  • Headaches
  • Pain
  • Skin Problems
Pediatric Research:
A 2012 systematic reviewed stated, “studies that monitored both subjective and objective outcome measures of relevance to both patients and parents tended to report the most favorable response to SMT, especially among children with asthma.”1
  • Autism spectrum disorders.
  • Evidence is insufficient to support chiropractic care for ADHD in children.2,3
  • Limited literature regarding chiropractic care and autism.4 Preliminary studies suggest some benefit from chiropractic care.4
  • “Given the ineffectiveness of pharmaceutical agents, a trial of chiropractic care for sufferers of autism is prudent and warranted.”4 (Information obtained from abstract.)
  •  A 2010 systematic review states that SMT is not effective for asthma, compared to sham manipulation.5 However, a 2007 review indicates that the entire clinical encounter of chiropractic care, including SMT, is beneficial to patients with asthma.6
  •  Another 2010 systematic review states that “chiropractic care showed improvements in subjective measures and, to a lesser degree objective measures, none of which were statistically significant...some asthmatic patients may benefit from this treatment approach; however, at this time, the evidence suggests chiropractic care should be used as an adjunct, not a replacement, to traditional medical therapy.”7
  • “Chiropractic care is a viable alternative to the care of infantile colic and congruent with evidence-based practice, particularly when one considers that medical care options are no better than placebo or have associated adverse events.”9
  •  Cochrane database systematic review and a 2010 review found that evidence was insufficient to make conclusions about the effectiveness of SMT.3,10
  •  The evidence is insufficient for manual therapy for spinal disorders in the pediatric population specifically. There was one RCT for TMJ disorders.11
  • Evidence is insufficient for SMT.3
  • Evidence is insufficient to support or refute SMT for OM3,12 but there is no evidence of serious adverse events from SMT for children with OM.12
  • Study looked at osteopathic manipulation, massage and chiropractic and found that the literature is insufficient.13
1. Gleberzon BJ, Arts J, Mei A, McManus EL. The use of spinal manipulative therapy for pediatric health conditions: a systematic review of the literature. J Can Chiropr Assoc. Jun 2012;56(2):128-141.
2. Karpouzis F, Bonello R, Pollard H. Chiropractic care for paediatric and adolescent Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder: A systematic review. Chiropr Osteopat. 2010;18:13.
3. Ferrance RJ, Miller J. Chiropractic diagnosis and management of non-musculoskeletal conditions in children and adolescents. Chiropr Osteopat. 2010;18:14.
4. Alcantara J, Alcantara JD, Alcantara J. A systematic review of the literature on the chiropractic care of patients with autism spectrum disorder. Explore (NY). Nov 2011;7(6):384-390.
5. Bronfort G, Haas M, Evans R, Leininger B, Triano J. Effectiveness of manual therapies: the UK evidence report. Chiropr Osteopat. 2010;18:3.
6. Hawk C, Khorsan R, Lisi AJ, Ferrance RJ, Evans MW. Chiropractic care for nonmusculoskeletal conditions: a systematic review with implications for whole systems research. J Altern Complement Med. Jun 2007;13(5):491-512.
7. Kaminskyj A, Frazier M, Johnstone K, Gleberzon BJ. Chiropractic care for patients with asthma: A systematic review of the literature. J Can Chiropr Assoc. Mar 2010;54(1):24-32.
8. Hawk C, Schneider M, Ferrance RJ, Hewitt E, Van Loon M, Tanis L. Best practices recommendations for chiropractic care for infants, children, and adolescents: results of a consensus process. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. Oct 2009;32(8):639-647.
9. Alcantara J, Alcantara JD, Alcantara J. The chiropractic care of infants with colic: a systematic review of the literature. Explore (NY). May-Jun 2011;7(3):168-174.
10. Dobson D, Lucassen PL, Miller JJ, Vlieger AM, Prescott P, Lewith G. Manipulative therapies for infantile colic. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012;12:CD004796.
11. Hestbaek L, Stochkendahl MJ. The evidence base for chiropractic treatment of musculoskeletal conditions in children and adolescents: The emperor’s new suit? Chiropr Osteopat. 2010;18:15.
12. Pohlman KA, Holton-Brown MS. Otitis media and spinal manipulative therapy: a literature review. J Chiropr Med. Sep 2012;11(3):160-169.
13. Pepino VC, Ribeiro JD, Ribeiro MA, de Noronha M, Mezzacappa MA, Schivinski CI. Manual therapy for childhood respiratory disease: a systematic review. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. Jan 2013;36(1):57-65.