What is a Paediatric Chiropractor?Does your baby cry for no apparent reason? Have difficulty feeding? Refuse to turn their head to the side, or protest against ‘tummy time’? They might benefit from seeing a paediatric chiropractor. Put simply, a paediatric chiropractor is a Chiropractor who specialises in providing chiropractic care for infants and children.
What are the Benefits of Chiropractic for Infants?
Little in life is as challenging or as rewarding as raising children. One of our greatest responsibilities as parents is caring for their health. During their first year a baby’s spine will increase in size by 50% and continue to grow quickly until 5 years of age.
As babies begin to sit up, crawl and walk they will experience lots of bumps and falls. All of which are an unavoidable, but important part of growing up!
Ever increasing scientific research is showing for chiropractic care for infants can provide a number of benefits, including;
- Assisting their growth and development
- Help with trouble in latching or breastfeeding
- Alleviate colic symptoms
- Increase range of movement
- Irritable baby syndrome
- Flat headedness
What are the Benefits of Chiropractic for Children?
The nervous system controls everything your child does. From breathing and digesting, to running, playing, thinking and feeling. Whilst a child’s spine is incredibly flexible and mobile, even minor stresses can impact the function of the spine, creating misalignments and vertebral subluxations. Subluxation is the term used to describe vertebrae that are misaligned and not moving well, causing interference to the nervous system.
Most spinal disorders in children remain unnoticed for years because most parents only associate a spinal problem with pain. However vertebral subluxations can often reduce health without obvious symptoms.
Extensive clinical experience, supported by an increasing amount of scientific research, has found that a wide range of childhood symptoms may respond favourably to chiropractic care including;
- Poor posture
- Poor coordination
- Sleeping problems
- Growing pains
- Spinal pain
What is a Vertebral Subluxation?A vertebral subluxation is when joints of our spine don’t move or function correctly. This may alter/interrupt the effectiveness of signals being sent through your nervous system to your entire body. Since the nervous system is the master controller of all bodily functions, if it is not operating at its optimum capacity your body will not work as it is designed to, and can cause pain, muscle tightness, lack of flexibility and lack of mobility just to name a few.
Is Chiropractic Safe for Children?
Chiropractic care for your child is perfectly safe.Our Chiropractors are clinically trained to locate subluxations and reduce or correct them through adjusting the spine. We take the time to ensure that you, the parent, have a thorough understanding of your child’s condition and find the best course of treatment to optimise your child’s health. Adjustments for a child are a very gentle procedure, with no more pressure applied than you would use to test the ripeness of a tomato. Our Chiropractors support the safe and effective use of evidence-informed practice with children.
Why Choose Brighton Wellness for your Paediatric Chiropractor!
Children experience many different types of stress (physical, nutritional, emotional, chemical)which can impact the function of their spine and nervous system. In fact by the time a child reaches 7 years of age they have sustained 2,500 significant falls. Any pain associated with these falls is usually forgotten as children are incredibly flexible and resilient. Their bodies usually recover quickly and easily from these stresses, however every now and then the altered spinal movement and nerve interference may remain, giving rise to some longer lasting and significant effects on the health of your child.
At Brighton wellness approximately 30% of our practice is made up of infants and children. All our Chiropractors are experienced, have children of their own and communicate very well with all their patients.