When we stop looking at chiropractic as simply being treatment for back or neck pain, we can start looking at what chiropractic actually does at its core: removing interference to the nervous system that may result in uncomfortable symptoms over time. Knowing this, it’s imperative to get kids checked by a chiropractor regularly.
Chiropractic patients not only report decreased pain after chiropractic adjustments, but also that they feel clear-headed, as though the clouds have been brushed away.
But how does an infant or toddler communicate that they have that “blah” feeling? How does a small child communicate that they have trouble focusing at school? Or that sitting still feels impossible?
Kids are so resilient, especially when you can get to the root of the problem early on and allow their natural development to progress freely.
In a world where the bulk of disorders now facing our children are so clearly nervous system-related (autism and other spectrum disorders; ADD and ADHD; sensory integration problems; speech delays; fine and gross motor delays; epilepsy), it makes sense that we need to focus pediatric chiropractic care on improving their overall nervous system function. And the earlier that we remove interference to their developing nervous systems, the better!
A chiropractic adjustment is always tailored to the physical build, delicacy, and tolerance of individual patients, and children are no exception.
It doesn't take much force at all to realign the tiniest of chiropractic patients. A very gentle amount of force is used in a pediatric adjustment, sometimes with the hands or fingers of the practitioner, and other times with the use of a light-force instrument called an activator.
Chiropractic for kids and infants is a gentle, non-invasive way to allow the nervous system (a communication tool for the entire body) to function at its highest capacity.
Studies show that 80% of babies are born with some degree of vertebral misalignment.* Many therapies out there focus on decreasing the symptoms caused by this subluxation, then teaching children to cope with these symptoms or disabilities as they grow older. Pediatric chiropractic adjustments aim to get rid of the problem at its source.
We believe that the best way to approach a problem is head-on, and we've seen the lives of our tiny patients forever changed by simply removing any interference that could inhibit their body's natural ability to thrive.*Gutman G. Blocked Atlantal Nerve Syndrome in Babies and Infants. Manuelle
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Those first few days after the birth of a baby are an incredible time of bonding and joy. No one enjoys packing up and leaving the house with a brand new baby. Let Dr. Collins come to you at your home to check your newborn free of charge as our baby gift to you. We like to see newborns receive a very gentle check by a chiropractor in those first couple of days after birth to check for any kind of birth trauma. 80% of newborns have mild subluxation from birth!
Even the easiest and most gentle of births can result in mild trauma if the baby comes out at a strange angle. We especially tend to see birth trauma to the spine after cesarean sections. A newborn check may not turn up any subluxation and may therefore not necessitate and adjustment, but it is always best to check early on and clear out any interference to the nervous system.
In those first couple weeks we have seen subluxation of the newborn spine result in sleep disturbances, reflux, feeding and latching problems, skin rashes, and in extreme circumstances even seizures. Let’s help these little blessings get off on the right foot with an easy and non-invasive check!
Dr. Collins was born into a large family and is now a father of three boys. After more than a decade of adjusting children (including his own), he's highly experienced in pediatric adjustment technique and pursues continuing education opportunities in this area to ensure he's always up-to-date on the latest recommendations.
Dr. Collins' first-hand experience in seeing the lives of little ones improve through chiropractic care has inspired him to create a practice that's largely focused on chiropractic for children. He wants to see infants and kids living up to their healthiest, fullest potential - because they are our future!Learn more about our Chiropractic Wellness Center About Collins Chiropractic