How do you know your child should see a chiropractor?
The trips to the pediatrician leave you to consult Google after.
Your parental instinct is telling you something is wrong.
You believe a prescription shouldn’t be the first option to treat your child, but an “apple a day” only does so much.
Healthy development is a priority for your family’s health.
What health conditions may a pediatric chiropractor treat?
Wellness visits with your pediatric chiropractor to check your child’s spinal alignment should be regularly scheduled just like a traditional check-up with your medical doctor. Visiting us can help your child with the following ailments:
- Ear infections
- Irritable baby syndrome
- Digestion issues like constipation
- Attention deficit disorder
- Attention deficit hyperactivity
- Tongue tie
- Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and autism spectrum disorders
- Concentration and focus issues
- Sleep issues
- Sports injuries
- Immune system strength
- Overall health and well-being
Why bring a child to a pediatric chiropractor?
Anyone watching toddlers learning to walk or school-age children playing can easily see the strain put on a child’s growing body. Sadly, there is a great deal of truth to the old saying, “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” All of childhood’s bumps, bruises, and falls can lead to problems in the back. For example, a small problem in a child’s spine that is left untreated can grow into a much bigger problem in adulthood. Frankly, it is easier to grow a healthy child than repair a damaged adult. Proactively treating children who have subluxations with pediatric care can protect their health today and tomorrow.
Is taking my baby or child to a chiropractor safe?
At Loehr Health Center, formerly Loehr Chiropractic & Acupuncture, we encourage families to bring their infants to see us soon after birth. The birth process itself can be traumatic on the baby’s head, neck, and spine. Indicators of a spinal problem in an infant might include fussiness, not eating well, spitting up, screaming, not sleeping well, or failure to thrive. As pediatric chiropractors, we continue to encourage wellness visits as the child learns to crawl and walk, suffers injuries, goes through growth spurts, starts playing sports, and combats various illnesses.
Kids and Chiropractic FAQs
An International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) Certified Chiropractor has additional post-doctoral training and clinical skills to treat pregnant women, infants, children, and teenagers. Our ICPA trained physicians, use a variety of low-force, chiropractic adjusting techniques to adjust pediatric patients.
Yes, chiropractic is one of the safest forms of healthcare for your child. Chiropractors do not use medicine or invasive techniques to treat your child’s health. Our pediatric chiropractors do not use the same chiropractic adjusting techniques on a baby or child that they would use on an adult.
Our pediatric chiropractors use low-force or instrument assisted adjusting techniques to treat children.
There are many changes that happen to the body as it changes from infancy though adolescence. Chiropractors help the brain and nervous system develop properly through spinal manipulation. When the nervous system is performing at its best, the rest of the systems in the body can too.
According to Well-Adjusted Babies written by Dr. Jennifer Barham-Floreani, the top 10 reasons parents take their children to see a chiropractor are to:
- Maximize brain and nerve development
- Enhance overall health and well-being
- Strengthen immunity and reduce incidences of colds, ear aches, and general illness
- Help with colic
- Help with asthma, allergies, and other breathing difficulties
- Improve spinal posture
- Improve concentration
- Assist with behavioral disorders
- Alleviate bedwetting and digestive concerns
- Assist with sleep issues
The number one “illness” kids face is accidents. You may not realize it, but children of all ages fall or put a lot of strain on their body as they grow—learning to walk or ride a bike, carrying a backpack, or jumping and running around. If your kid participates in athletics, the twisting motion from swinging a bat or throwing a ball can twist the vertebra out of alignment in the spine. If untreated, the spinal misalignments can cause serious health issues through adulthood and affect the body’s development.
Chiropractors treat misalignments in the spine and other extremities. They do not prescribe medicine, but may recommend nutrition, exercise, or supplementation to help your maximize their health.
You are. You are the one who knows your child best and should use your best judgment as to what is most appropriate for your child. Many patients bring their child to our pediatric chiropractors for natural primary healthcare when they want a recommendation about their child’s health.
We then refer to other members of your child’s personal healthcare team like their pediatrician, occupational or speech therapist, dentist, and others as needed.
All chiropractic schools have pediatric courses that are required. Doctors of Chiropractic are also licensed in all 50 US states to provide chiropractic care to adults and children.
However, not all chiropractors take more than the minimum amount of courses required to receive their doctorate. Our pediatric chiropractors have completed postgraduate certifications through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and specialize in working with children.