Adults aren’t the only ones to benefit from chiropractic care! Like adults, everything that children do, from eating, sleeping, breathing, concentrating and feeling, is controlled by the nervous system. The nervous system is housed and protected by the bones of the spine. Interference to your child’s nervous system caused by misalignments in their spine, called subluxations, can hinder your child achieving their full potential.

The natural birthing process can be stressful for both mother and baby, with considerable pressure being placed on the baby’s spine and body. With difficult labours, the stress is even greater to the baby’s head, neck and body, particularly when interventions such as labour induction, forceps or suction deliveries are required. This is why it’s so important to have babies checked by a Chiropractor soon after birth.

Chiropractic care is also important for babies and toddlers while they are learning to sit, crawl and walk. Their spines and nervous systems are changing and developing rapidly as they learn these new skills, not to mention the bumps and falls they have regularly. Other possible signs include: ear ache, colic, recurrent illness, behavioural issues and learning difficulties.

If your child has no obvious symptoms, try this at-home spine check to look for underlying spinal issues:

Have your child stand facing a flat, plain wall with their shoulders, hips and feet visible. Look for the following—tilting or leaning the head to one side, uneven shoulders, hips not level or an outwardly turned foot. Each of these is a indicator of possible spinal subluxations and you should consult a chiropractor to have your child’s spine checked.

How do kids get subluxations in the first place?

Nerve irritations occur as part of normal, everyday life. They can result from physical, chemical or emotional stressors or “insults” to our heath such as bad posture for prolonged periods, stomach sleeping, bumps and falls, poor food choices, dehydration, exposure to chemicals/toxins, or even just playing!

10 top reasons kids see a Chiropractor

1. To encourage good neuroplasticity (brain and nerve development).

2. To support overall health and wellbeing.

3. To help strengthen immunity and resistance to illness.

4. To assist with colic and other child health issues such as asthma, allergies., digestive and behavioural disorders such as bed wetting and sleep issues.

5. To encourage good spinal posture.

6. To improve concentration.

7. To learn how to carry a school backpack in a way that minimizes spine distortion.

8. To learn exercises to counteract “tech-neck” – pain and abnormal curvature of the neck from crouching over a smart device.

9. To improve flexibility and sporting performance.

10. Because they feel good when they’ve had an adjustment!

Dr Dennis W Collis DC is proud to be a member of the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia – upholding the highest standards in patient care.