Infants and Children
At Watson Chiropractic, we believe chiropractic is for every member of the family. That’s why we include children and infant chiropractic among our list of priorities, and give them their own space in our family-centered practice.
Physical stressors can impact an infant’s body before and during birth. If the mother’s pelvis is uneven, this can impact the position of the womb and ultimately the growing baby’s ability to move freely within. (See why chiropractic care is vital during pregnancy.) The birth process itself can create tension in the baby’s spine, skull, and nervous system. That’s why Dr. Sarah recommends a well-baby visit post-birth. When the nervous system is functioning below optimum, it has the potential to affect the body and may impact all aspects of health, including baby’s capacity to sleep, breastfeed, and digest milk. Dr. Sarah is trained to work with infants and she tailors the adjustments to the child’s size and age.
As your child grows older, they will experience their fair share of bumps and falls. By the time they’ve learned to walk, a child may have fallen a thousand times – and those falls add up! The “bounce back” resilience we see in children usually hides subtle damage that can lead to poor postural development, biomechanical imbalances, and altered neurological function. Repetitive or prolonged postures while using electronic devices can greatly impact a developing spine. When young children have poor posture, they may be at greater risk of poor neurological motor development. Regular chiropractic adjustments help to support optimal growth and nerve function.
Frequently asked Questions
Is there any popping/cracking/twisting when you adjust my child?
No! Dr. Sarah uses a pediatric-specific chiropractic technique approved by the ICPA, the profession's oldest, largest and most sought out chiropractic pediatric association in the world.
How much force is used?
The force used in this pediatric-specific technique is not the same amount of force used on an adult. The pressure applied in a pediatric adjustment isn't even enough to dent a ripe tomato!
Why do parents seek care for their child?
In addition to the reasons listed above, many parents seek care for these common childhood complaints:
- abnormal head shape
- increased or decreased muscle tone
- tongue tie
- ear infections
- gastric distress
- latching and breastfeeding issues
- toe walking
- retained primitive reflexed
- sensory issues
- neurochemical imbalances
Dr. Sarah is dedicated to providing your child with the best treatment options available, and will work with your child's other providers to coordinate and co-treat their care.