You may associate Chiropractic care with treatment of adults only – but more and more parents are turning to the gentle, safe and drug-free alternative that Chiropractic can provide for a range of childhood problems for all children of all ages, from tiny babies to teens.
Chiropractors can help with both acute and chronic conditions including reflux, Plagiocephaly (an asymmetrical flattening or distortion of one side of a child’s skull) and developmental delays..
Some of the most common problems experienced by babies and toddlers that we see at Chiropractic Life are delays in reaching developmental milestones.
Symptoms may include an inability to fully turn the head, roll over or sit unsupported and delays in the ability to crawl or walk.
Other common symptoms in babies include:
- Poor control of the head resulting in trouble with feeding
- Crying excessively
- Sleep problems
Our thorough initial assessment is designed to rule out any disease process or underlying illness that might be the root cause of problems. After this, we assess the spine and the neuromuscular system to determine whether there are any problems here.
Because children are growing all the time, any misalignments, pain or joint stiffness may delay developmental milestones because, an important factor in the correct development of the brain is feedback from the body.
Common symptoms of incorrect development also include:
- Poor posture
- Poor hand – eye coordination, apparent clumsiness
- Gait problems such as turning feet in or knock-knees
- Growing pains and pain after playing and sports
Research by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) has shown that the gentle spinal manipulative treatments Chiropractors use for babies and children is both safe and effective.