A child’s health sets the foundation for the rest of their life. Chiropractic care is essential to ensure their foundation is strong, balanced and ready for every stage of development. Our office has proudly offered certified pediatric chiropractic care since 2013.
Chiropractic for kids of all ages
You rarely hear a child complain of neck or back pain, but spinal problems usually begin in childhood. Being born, learning to walk and crawl, sitting in car seats and swings, and even minor falls can cause spinal bones to become misaligned. In fact, of 1,000 children evaluated in their first month of life by a chiropractor, over 90% were found to have misaligned bones in their necks alone!
Knowing when a child needs Chiropractic care
Nowadays the average birth is a truly medical experience. Epidurals, forceps, vacuums, and any type of pulling on the baby as it passes through the birth canal can cause spinal injuries. C-sections, a form of birth affecting 40% of births in 2017, put extreme pressure and tension on a newborn’s spine as they are forcibly removed from the uterus. Even if the child is born at home and without the use of medical interventions, there is still potential for the spine to be affected.
Milestones & the Healthy Child
Every parent looks forward to the developmental milestones their children go through: rolling over, crawling, walking, learning to ride a bike, and playing sports are all things we love to experience with our child. Each of these exciting events has the opportunity to cause spinal misalignments that can easily be corrected if identified early. We recommend that healthy children be adjusted at least twice/month so that they can continue to grow, thrive and succeed.
The Pediatric Adjustment
Pediatric chiropractic adjustments focus on restoring balance and alignment to a child’s spine. While the concept is similar to the adult adjustment, the process of adjusting a child is much different. A chiropractor trained in adjusting infants and children knows to use very light pressure (no more than the pressure you would use to test the ripeness of a tomato), fingertips are used instead of hands, and there are no quick twists or torques.
Symptoms of a Sick Child
Sometimes children have unexpected life experiences that cause them distress. C-sections, premature births, poor nutrition, falls, vaccinations, and exposure to illnesses put stress on a child’s developing spine and nervous system. These children will often exhibit:
- Colic & Reflux
- Poor sleep patterns
- Behavioral or speech disorders
- Difficulty breastfeeding
- Frequent colds and ear infections
- Bowel problems (diarrhea, constipation, bloating)
- Sensory Integration Disorders
- Autism and Sensory Spectrum Disorders