Pediatric Care

Chiropractic care is for everyone!

Just like with adults, chiropractic care can be extremely beneficial for your infant or child. After all, kids have the same joints we do! In fact, routine chiropractic care can greatly benefit your child, no matter what age, and should be a vital part of your child’s wellness care plan to ensure they stay healthy and happy throughout these crucial years of growth and development.

Many spinal problems seen in adults can be traced back as early as birth. Routine chiropractic checkups from infancy throughout childhood to adulthood can identify any subluxations creating interference with the nervous system and correct it to help avoid many of the health complaints we tend to see in adults. Regular chiropractic adjustments will restore nervous system function and give the body the ability to function at its very best. With infants and children, chiropractic care will give them the ability to thrive in life.

Infants

Oftentimes, the natural birthing process can put undue stress on an infant’s spine and their developing nervous system. That stress can cause a spinal or cranial misalignment which can cause the nervous system to not function at its very best and can often be the cause of many newborn health issues. Some of these health issues could include:

  • Colic
  • Breathing Problems
  • Ear Infections
  • Chronic Infections
  • Torticollis
  • Chronic Infections
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Nursing Dysfunction

If your infant has a spinal subluxation that does not get corrected, he or she can begin to miss important development milestones like learning to hold up his or her head, sitting up, crawling and walking. It is crucial an infant be free of any spinal misalignment so their body can function properly throughout this crucial time of development and growth.

Just like with adults, chiropractic care can be extremely beneficial for your infant or child. After all, kids have the same joints we do! In fact, routine chiropractic care can greatly benefit your child, no matter what age, and should be a vital part of your child’s wellness care plan to ensure they stay healthy and happy throughout these crucial years of growth and development.

Toddlers and Young Children

Toddlers and young children can’t always speak up when they are hurting or in pain. This can make things complicated for parents to know when it is necessary to bring their kids to the chiropractor. However, there are cues parents can look for to know it is time to visit the chiropractor like posture changes, being off-balance, only wanting to breastfeed from one side, always tilting their head to one side and running with a limp.

Children fall an average of 25 times a day learning to walk. Each stumble and fall can cause a subluxation, which can affect the future development of the spine and lead to impaired nervous system function. This is why we highly recommend children come in for routine chiropractic checkups to help them fight off illness, prevent future issues and live a healthy life.

Chiropractic care can help children suffering from:

  • Sleep Issues
  • Behavior and Attitude
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Colic
  • Torticollis
  • Weakened Immune System
  • Bed Wetting
  • Digestive Problems
  • Allergies & Asthma
  • Seizures
  • AND MORE!

The amount of force our chiropractors use is only enough force as necessary to adjust an infant and child’s spine. It is the same force you would use to check if a tomato is ripe.

Everyone can benefit from a healthy spine, including your child! Chiropractic care can not only enhance your child’s immune system and support their physical development, but is also an important aspect of your child’s healthcare plan to prevent long-term damage to your child’s growing body.

Pregnancy Care

Chiropractic Care Is Good For Both Mom and Baby!

All mothers and mothers-to-be know that pregnancy is hard work! However, what you may not know that it’s also challenging on the baby too. Prenatal chiropractic care should be on every expectant mother’s healthcare plan to help them not only have a healthy pregnancy but also ensure the baby develops in a healthy environment.

Chiropractic care is all about the musculoskeletal and nervous system, helping re-establish balance and alignment, and ensuring there are no spinal misalignments interfering with the nervous system operating at 100%. When a woman becomes pregnant, her body and everything in it begin functioning for two. So, if there is a spinal misalignment interfering with the nervous system, there can be detrimental effects to not only the mother’s health and well-being but also the growing baby.

During pregnancy, a woman’s body will go through many physical and hormonal changes. As an expectant mother’s weight increases, her center of gravity will move outward as her posture compensates accordingly. Her ligaments will also become lax to prepare for the labor and delivery process. All of these changes can create stress on the nerve system. Routine chiropractic care will increasingly become more important throughout the pregnancy. Your chiropractor will utilize adjustments to help balance the mother’s pelvis and ensure the uterus is supported symmetrically to not only make the mother more comfortable but to also allow enough room for the baby to develop properly.

Chiropractic care is safe, gentle and effective for expectant mothers and is often considered a crucial aspect of the birth preparation. Besides helping the pregnant mother enjoy her pregnancy more, here are a few more benefits that come with routine chiropractic care throughout pregnancy:

  • Help maintain a healthier, more comfortable pregnancy
  • Relieve pain in the back, neck, hips, and joints
  • Helps control symptoms of nausea
  • Reduce the length of time for labor and delivery

We utilize the Webster Technique here at Chiropractic First. This technique helps us turn breech babies by using traditional chiropractic adjustment with ligament mobilization. This technique has an 85% success rate of helping turn breech babies. When breech babies are turned, expectant mothers often notice less pressure, pain, and tension.

Chiropractic care not only helps mothers function better but also helps ensure babies are growing in a healthy environment! After pregnancy, be sure to come back in for postpartum care and bring your new baby in with you for his or her first chiropractic adjustment!

SPORTS CHIROPRACTIC

Chiropractic care is extremely beneficial for athletes at all levels and ages because of the amazing benefits chiropractic care provides. In fact, 90% of all world-class athletes use chiropractic care to prevent injuries and boost their overall performance.

Athletes often undergo forceful impacts, repetitive motions and overuse are usually what can lead to an injury and injury can happen to any athlete at ANY age. The good news is chiropractic care can help! In fact, a study of semi-pro Australian football team published in the BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders Journal discovered that not only can chiropractic care reduce strain injuries but can also decrease lower back pain and time missed due to knee injuries.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Athletes

  • Non-Invasive, Drug-Free
  • Injury Prevention
  • Enhance Performance
  • More Effective Training
  • Reduced Recovery Time
  • Reduces Pain
  • Increases Strength
  • Promotes Stress Relief
  • Promotes Relaxation

Athletic training can create strain and stress on your body, which can be an issue since your body was designed to move freely. When your body is out of alignment the muscles can cramp and spasm, reduce your range of motion and make training painful and more difficult to physically complete. When an athlete sees a chiropractor to remove those interferences, they will notice their tension decrease while their mobility and range of motion increase. As an athlete, seeing a chiropractor routinely will remove any interference that is preventing you from performing at your best. After those interferences are removed you will notice the tension in your body decrease while your mobility and range of motion increase. It can also improve your form because your muscles are loose and not strained from the nerve interference.

If an athlete does get injured, their body will try to compensate and protect them while they fight inflammation and the misalignment, this ends up with them sitting on the bench instead of training. Chiropractic adjustments can help speed the recovery process by decreasing the inflammation and removing the misalignments to help aid your body in a faster recovery.