Chiropractic Care

Pediatric Chiropractic

Just like adults, children are born with a spine and a nervous system.  From utero, infants are subject to unfavorable positions depending on the alignment of the mother’s spine and hips.  The birth process itself  may lead to birthing injuries and traumas such as pulling on the head and neck as they are delivered vaginally or cesarean, or the intense pressure on the cranial bones during a vacuum or forceps delivery.  These traumas can result in nursing and feeding difficulties, colic and digestive problems, cranial malformations, torticollis (neck spasms where the head is only able to turn to one side), and other nervous system interferences that can hinder reaching important developmental milestones and inhibiting neurological reflexes.

As your infant begins to reach his or her developmental milestones, she begins to utilize different muscles, and create more stability within the structure of her joints.  The spine, which was once in a “fetal” C shape, is now beginning to create new secondary curves in the neck and low back.   While learning to sit, tummy crawl, crawl on hands and knees, pull-up, and walk all provide opportunities for your child’s nervous system, spine, and musculature to develop, they also provide an opportunity to have a little tumble or fall and become misaligned.  As the child becomes older, running, sports, jumping, and all other busy activities they do can lead to injury, or simple and silent misalignments which put pressure on the nervous system.  This can cause interference with the nervous system function and lead to a host of symptoms such as:

 

 

  • Ear Infections/Sinus Infections
  • Digestive Disturbances
  • Frequent Colds
  • Allergies/Asthma
  • ADD/ADHD
 

  • Postural Imbalances
  • Low Tone / Weak Core
  • Enuresis (bedwetting)
  • Developmental Delays
  • Sensory Challenges
 

  • Failure to Thrive
  • Nursing Problems / Favoring one side
  • Colic
  • Hearing Challenges
  • Sleep Disturbances

Generally, because most infants and children don’t carry as much muscle tension as adults do, the pediatric adjustment utilizes gentle, low force techniques, equal to the amount of pressure you would use to touch a ripe tomato. These adjustments are specific and directional motions to the bones and ligaments to remove restrictions and restore proper alignment of the spine and cranium.  By doing so, this allows for your child to have optimal neurological and immune function so that he or she can meet developmental milestones and happily thrive in life!  Infants are either rested on their backs in a soft cradling cushion on the table, held in the seated caretaker’s arms, or laying on their belly on top of their caretaker’s belly as they lay on the table.  The older child is free to lay on the chiropractic table or sit up right (whatever is comfortable for them!)…however, toddlers have a tendency to wiggle and squirm all over the place, so usually the adjustment takes place in a variety of positions and locations while playing with toys!