The goal of chiropractic care for kids and infants is to support thriving health and development.
There are a growing number of parents who are seeking alternative, complementary, and natural forms of health care for themselves and for their families1. The amount of information out there to navigate through can be quite overwhelming!
Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) are part of one of the largest CAM professions on the planet. They are highly educated (with a minimum of seven years of academic schooling) and are well-regulated, portal of entry, registered health professionals. It is no wonder that so many parents find chiropractors to be a critical part of their children's health team2.
Why do children see chiropractors?
Our bodies (and bones, in particular) model in response to outside physical stresses placed upon them (a concept known as Wolff’s Law). Proper joint motion and coordination is needed to distribute these forces for optimal bone development. There are periods of time when skeletal growth is accelerated (commonly referred to as Growth Spurts) during which balance and proper function in the muscles and joints are especially important. Chiropractors can help ensure there are no structural barriers or movement imbalances that may impede ideal physical development.
Just like the bones of the skeleton, your child’s nervous system is also developing at a rapid rate. The nervous system includes the brain, the spinal cord, and all the millions of nerves that serve every inch of your body and control most of its functions. Just like the bones need proper joint movement for optimal development, so do the nerves in order to develop optimal communication and control. Chiropractic adjustments facilitate optimal brain-body communication and proprioceptive feedback, which is especially important during the growing years and can contributes to your child's overall health is amazing ways. (If you want the technical lingo, we facilitate sensorimotor integration.)
Chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment option for children of all ages.
There have been several large-scale research studies verifying the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for kids3,4. The amount of force used to adjust an infant is comparable to the amount of force you use to test a ripe tomato at the grocery store5. Those of you with kids know that they are certainly able to withstand a lot more pressure than that!
Chiropractors have been helping kids lead healthier lives for over 100 years. All of our AltaVie DCs have taken extensive course work to advance their understanding and care of children and to learn how to best address the specific needs of this special population.
We are honoured that you trust us to care for your most precious little ones. We will do our best to explain absolutely everything that we are doing in a way that you understand. Always feel free to bring up any concerns and questions; we want you to have 100% confidence that we are providing the utmost of care for your kids.
Chiropractic care for kids is different... because kids are different!
Although the basic premise for chiropractic care is the same whether the patient is 80 years old or 8 minutes old, the ever-growing and changing active little bodies of children have distinct needs depending on their developmental stage. Generally, children respond much faster and more profoundly to chiropractic care than adults do. This may be because they have not subjected their bodies to the same years of abuse that we have.
Another major difference is that pain is not usually a primary complaint. This can make it more difficult for parents to know when kids may need to a physical checkup from their chiropractor. There are certain “clues” that we can watch for to gain more understanding in this area, such as postural changes, only wanting to breastfeed from one side, being off-balance or suddenly clumsy, always tilting their head to one side, and running with a limp. As mentioned above, the amount of force used and the specific techniques utilized will vary depending on the unique needs of an individual kid and what stage of development they are currently in. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to chiropractic care of infants and children!