COPENHAGEN, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Figures released earlier Friday by Denmark's Statistics revealed that every fourth baby born in the country was taken to a chiropractor in their first year of life.
Between 2008 to 2018 the number of newborns passing through the chiropractors surgery were shown to have more than doubled.
Of the 61,397 Danish babies born in 2017, just under 16,000 visited the chiropractor's for a check in their first year of life with the assistance of government grants. This corresponds to 26 percent of all born in 2017.
The figures shows that the curve of visits peaks when the babies are between 6 and 12 weeks old.
According to Lise Hestbaek, an associate professor at the department of sports science and clinical biomechanics at University of Southern Denmark (SDU), many parents take their baby to the chiropractor because of inexplicable crying .
"At the chiropractor it is quick to determine if there is anything wrong with the moving functions of the body without the use of medical treatment so to avoid side effects. So it's a quick and harmlessly easy place to start, said Hestbaek.
On average each baby taken in received four consultations with the chiropractor in 2018.
"The individual baby therefore does not receive on average more chiropractic, there are just more parents who use the benefit for their children," explained Susanne Brondbjerg at Denmark Statistics.