More and more parents are adding chiropractic care to their family’s health and wellness routine. The importance for infants and kids to receive family chiropractic care is high. Not only for their growing bodies but making sure their entire body is functioning at 100% through maintaining proper nervous system control. Many parents mistakenly think I use the same techniques on children as I do on adults. Chiropractic care is ‘tailored’ to the individual and their particular spine including both adults and children. We offer specific, gentle adjustments appropriate to the infant and child’s spine and cranium.
Similar to the initial exam for adults, the first thing I will do is conduct a thorough history of your child’s health and any complaints. Then, a complete physical examination of the child’s spine is performed. Dr. Kepler uses gentle specific skills to find and adjust any involved spinal issues.
Spinal adjustments for infants and young children involve very light fingertip pressure to correct spinal misalignments. This amount of “force” is often not more than a finger touch. This is usually sufficient to restore mobility to spinal joints which have become locked and are causing interference to the normal nervous system function. Other techniques involve the use of hand-held instruments which offer specific and gentle correction.
Unless a child has an obvious problem it is difficult for a parent to recognize when a child’s spine is not working correctly. There are some signs which can indicate spinal problems.
- Disturbed sleeping patterns
- Breastfeeding difficulties in infants
- Restricted head or neck movement to one side
- Low Apgar scores
- Chronic reoccurring colds and sore throat
- Chronic reoccurring ear aches
- One shoulder higher than the other