Chiropractic for Children

Infants/Children and Chiropractic Cranial Adjusting

children chiropractic careIssues arising during childbirth can become bigger issues when left unchecked. The birthing process is both natural and traumatic at the same time. But what some people overlook is the fact that the child has just developed in a small space and might have had some movement issues either from intra-uterine constraints, misalignment problems of the mother or just being engaged in the birth canal for too long. Normally children’s heads are supposed to be compressed and then “re-inflate” when they exit the birth canal. Sometimes the bones in the head do not fully extend into their proper position. This is an easy problem to be taken care of by a competent cranial practitioner. Dr. Bench uses a version of cranial work that matches the spinal and neurological complaints with the cranial. This is especially important in infants to allow the nervous system to develop without hindrance.

As your child grows up and learns to walk, bumps and bruises are all part of the course. But some “head bonks” are worth having your Chiropractor look at. Kids are pretty resilient for the most part. They have to be or else they would not be able to make it through the teething and growing pains. Sometimes kids are not able to bounce back from accidents and falls without a little help. Cranial work combined with spinal and organ work allows the body/brain balance to come back online and begin the process of natural healing again.

Infants/Children and Chiropractic Spinal Adjusting

Birth can be a troublesome process. It is important to get your baby checked shortly after birth to allow muscle balance and nervous system function to be at their best. Babies grow so fast that days and weeks are like years of development time to adults. The neck is especially vulnerable during the earliest times of life. Neck traction, during birth, and car seats are some of the common causes of neck misalignments in little ones. These can lead to torticollis (muscle spasms in the neck), and back issues. Mom might notice problems being able to breast feed on both sides, or later in life the baby might not roll to both sides, and will begin to show preference. One of the big reasons that people take babies to the pediatrician is for irritability… What if that is how your baby is expressing a headache, or neck pain? Think of what kind of pressure you are putting on a sore neck when you do things like carry the baby on their sore neck side, change their diaper, or force them into a rigid position for a long car ride. We have seen, in this clinic, cases of children not making the developmental markers for sitting and crawling because the baby had pain in the low back and leg. In one case minor leg motion testing by Dr. Bench proved that even the slightest movement of the leg would cause the baby to scream out in pain. Gentle, specific, adjusting of the spine got the baby back on track within only a few short visits and no observable pain after the first adjustment! Not to mention a very relieved and satisfied mother.

Benefits of Chiropractic/Organ Care for newborns and children:

  • better immune system to fight their new world
  • healthier liver to prevent or heal Jaundice
  • breech care
  • less ‘growing pains’
  • help/alleviation of: colic, unexplained irritability, breastfeeding issues, sleeping problems
  • curb/alleviate symptoms of: ADD, ADHD, Sensory issues, Autism
  • cranial bone restructuring for better growth

Check out some videos and posts we’ve done on the topic of pediatric work.

Pediatric Chiropractic Posts