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Questions Parents Frequently Ask About
Children and Chiropractic

Why do children need chiropractic care?

Children are susceptible to trauma in their spines from various activities and events.  These microtraumas can cause misalignments (subluxations) to the vertebrae of the spine, placing pressure on their spinal nerves and therefore, decreasing their bodies' ability to function normally.   Although symptoms, such as pain and malfunction may not show up for years, injury to their vital nervous system can have a lifetime of damaging effects.

When should my child's spine be checked by a chiropractor?


Ideally, children should be checked right after birth due to the potentional damaging effects of the birth process.   Even the most natural births and Cesearan births can cause some trauma to the spine and nervous system.  There is often "hidden damage" that occurs and may not be detected for years to come.  Studies have shown that many children who experience symptoms of colic, ear infections, and asthma have spinal subluxations impairing their nervous system function.  Early detection and correction can prevent layers of damage from occuring in the child's vital nervous system. Accumulated damage may have lifelong consequences. 

Does it hurt and is it safe?


Chiropractors specializing in children use very specific, gentle techniques to care for children.  On the very young, the adjustment is as light as finger touch.  Pediatric chiropractors are careful to avoid any unnecessary stresses to the child's developing bones, ligaments, muscles, and joints.  There is no "cracking", "popping" or "twisting" during adjustments in young children.  Parents are often surprised at how gentle  the adjustments actually are and are often shocked by how excited their children are to go back to the chiropractor!

COMMONLY TREATED CONDITIONS IN CHILDREN:

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  • Ear infections
  • Colic
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Acid reflux
  • Frequent colds
  • Bedwetting
  • Behavioral problems (ADD/ADHD) and learning disabilities
  • Headaches
  • Scoliosis
  • Postural concerns
  • Orthopedic conditions including hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow, and wrist
  • Traumatic birth
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Hypotonia or low muscle tone
  • Torticollis
  • Developmental delays

For additional information, research, and articles, please visit the website of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association:
www.icpa4kids.org