Chiropractic for Kids

Is your child unsettled, a poor sleeper or suffering from colic and reflux?

For many families seeking a more holistic approach for care of their child’s health is a priority. Chiropractic care is a safe, gentle and an effective form of management to encourage proper spinal motion and therefore nervous system function.

While Chiropractic care does not treat any specific condition, by re-establishing spinal motion we can begin to see improvements in various areas of health such as colic.
Colic occurs in one-fifth of newborns and involves prolonged, intense periods of crying which may be related to gastrointestinal upset. A randomised clinical trial showed that 2 weeks of chiropractic care decreased crying by 66% as compared to 38% for the medication group. [6]

At Vital Health Chiropractic our chiropractors have done post-graduate training in Paediatric Care to ensure we are using the most current and up-to-date Paediatric assessment and management techniques. Alongside a thorough history, assessment includes evaluation of tone, head/neck range of motion, cranial motion and cranial distortions such as plagiocepahly, primitive reflexes (including sucking reflex), hip and pelvic motion and motor milestones. Treatment is very safe and predominately involves gentle spinal and cranial work. Most newborns will sleep through their adjustment. At Vital Health Chiropractic we do not perform any manual manipulations on young babies and children. They have a more primitive nervous system compared to adults and therefore a more gentle approach is just as effective.

All of the above-mentioned areas are important to assess due to the relationship of the spinal and cranial systems to the brainstem. The brainstem is the most primitive part of our brain and is responsible for all vital functions and survival mechanisms including primitive reflexes, sucking and swallowing reflexes, digestion, temperature regulation, heart rate, respiration (breathing) and sleep wake cycles. This means that any irritation through the head and neck area in-utero, during birth processes or from falls/trauma may impact on one or multiple of these functions.