Chiropractic for Babies & Children
Babies & children love chiropractic. It is gentle and soothing to their nervous systems.
Treating babies is nothing like treating adults. It is gentle with the lightest of touch and pressure (about the same as touching your eyeball). Babies are not little grown-ups and their nervous systems are growing and developing at a crazy fast rate. They therefore have unique needs. The three systems what are working very hard in the first year are the systems responsible for eating, sleeping, peeing & pooping. And these are the three areas we see the nervous system struggle sometimes. In a baby the chiropractic adjustment helps to decrease the stresses on these systems. As a result we see our chiropractic babies become more chilled, feeding and sleeping better.
Children are also not little adults. But just like an adult they are faced with stresses that affect their developing nervous system. In todays world our children are playing less out doors and spending more time in front of screens (TVs, mobile phones and computers). Our children were meant to move: run, jump & play and if their brains are not given the stimulation it needs from movement then it starts to show signs of stress. Behaviour is one of the ways we notice stress in our children. Adjusting children is wonderfully rewarding and parents often comment their children are calmer after their adjustment.
At your first appointment we will ask you all about mom’s pregnancy and the birth of little one. We will also be taking a through history of baby or child’s days so far. The examination is unique for babies & children and is age appropriate. We examine little one’s in their nappy, and children in loose clothing. We also do a neurological and physical examination and test all their age appropriate primitive reflexes. It’s important in older children that their early primitive reflexes don’t decide to come back! As a mom myself I know that it might take your child a while to warm up to their chiropractor. One of the reasons we encourage parents to bring their kids along to parent adjustments is to build trust and make kids comfortable in our clinic. Failing that we have many games we can play and tricks up our sleeves to make the experience fun! Its not uncommon for us to be seen treating all the soft fluffy animals in clinic so have a good laugh and show how chiropractic is FUN!
As a mom myself I know that sometimes it can be confusing to know if your baby or child’s problem can be helped with chiropractic. If you are unsure please leave a message and we can arrange a phone call to answer any of your questions.
“So what Chiropractic does, is that it simply “takes the handcuffs off Nature”, as it were. By finding the particular vertebra that had shifted and restoring it to its natural position, the adjustment thus releases the natural flow of nerve impulse. When the maze of nerves, or Nature’s communication system, supplies the body with the energy it needs for well being, you have health.”
— B. J. Palmer