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Chiropractic For Children

Chiropractic care is all about the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. This is particularly important for children as their nerve system is developing. In terms of brain development, the first few years of life are paramount for optimal nerve system growth. With this in mind, assessing and facilitating the removal of nerve interference is something that can benefit all children as they grow.

Chiropractic care for children offers a solid foundation for wellness in your family. Throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood, Chiropractic care offers choices and benefits for your health and overall well-being.

How is an adjustment done with babies and children?

The Chiropractor applies only a slight pressure to make spinal adjustments(similar to the light pressure one might appear to check the ripeness of an avocado). Chiropractic adjustments are painless and will not hurt your child. Chiropractors receive specific training to modify and adapt their techniques to be suitable for newborns, infants, preschool and school age children.

Spinal adjustments for infants and young children are a very light, specific, finger-tip pressure used to correct malfunctioning spinal segments.

Why have Chiropractic care for children?

You may have wondered why many babies and children have their spines checked and adjusted by chiropractors.

Just like an adult’s spine, a baby’s spine can become misaligned. Often times this can occur both before and during the birth process. There is a lot of pressure on the head and neck during contractions and when the baby passes down the birth canal. Assisted deliveries, such as forceps or ventouse, are particularly hard on a baby’s spine. Even caesarean deliveries place a lot of stress on a delicate spine.

As a toddler they begin to learn to stand and walk, often having many falls along the way. They get knocked over, fall off bikes, carry heavy school bags, play sports etc. There are any number of negative inputs and trauma to the skeletal and nervous systems as your child is growing and adapting to new activities and environments.

As teenagers, spending time sitting at a desk at school and with studies along with starting to use phones and laptops more has a detrimental effect on posture and causes stress in their system also.  In my experience as a person who grew up with chiropractic care along with my experience in practice; I’ve seen how much children of all ages can benefit from having regular chiropractic checks as they grow and develop.

You can also find lots of great articles relating to raising healthy well adjusted babies and children at

Ask our team about a Vital Kids Consultation on your next visit!

Do you have any questions? Contact us today!

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