My child doesn't have back pain, so why should I take him/her to the chiropractor?
Kids have spines and brains, just like adults do! The nervous system is in charge of our body and if its communication lines become distorted or damaged, we experience all sorts of communication errors. In infants and children, this communication breakdown may play out as colic or irritability, an inability to suckle and breastfeed, poor sleeping habits, developmental delays, digestion issues, asthma, low energy, headaches, and many more. Regardless of what the end result or symptom may be, all roads inevitably lead back to the body's ability to self-regulate through the nervous system. While chiropractic may be able to help with a number of health concerns, its focus is not on treating or curing ailments; the focus of chiropractic is to ensuring that your child's nervous system has every opportunity to work efficiently and optimally.
Are chiropractic adjustments safe for children? Are there special adjustments used or are they the same that I get as an adult?
Chiropractic is one of the safest forms of health care for your child and consistently maintains an excellent safety record. A chiropractor will not adjust a baby or child in the same way he or she will adjust an adult. An infant's spine is very supple during the first few months of life, so the doctor of chiropractic will apply only slight pressure to make an adjustment – similar to the amount of pressure you may use to hold a pen, or to feel the ripeness of a tomato. For older children whose spines are still made predominantly of cartilage, slight pressure followed by a gently push is all that is required to introduce the correct neurological input.