Chiropractic for Kids, and Adjusting Babies.
Most people think that chiropractic is only for adults with bad backs. Although it is very successful at helping those kinds of people, chiropractic is way, way more than that.
Dr Brad checking baby Byron’s spinal alignment (age 7 days).
In fact it is not even a treatment for bad backs! Chiropractic is basically about maintaining optimal spinal function, and therefore our overall health. The reason why it is so successful at helping things like back pain or headaches (among many other symptoms of poor health) is because it simply helps your body to function better. And when your body is functioning better (or even at its absolute best!) you are far less likely to have back pain, or headaches, or indigestion etc etc.
So who can benefit from this style of chiropractic care where the end goal is optimal spinal function?
You guessed it. EVERYONE!
Kids are especially prone to spinal misalignment. They run around like little maniacs, falling and tumbling, bouncing off walls and each other.
Most of the time if they have a fall they might have a bit of a cry for a few minutes, but a cuddle from mum or dad, and maybe a band-aid and they are good to go again. But, all these little crashes can accumulate to become misalignments in their fragile little spines. Even the birthing process can place an enormous amount of stress on a newborns spinal structure.
So knowing this, and the potential health problems that it can cause now and in the future, it is not just a good idea but, in my opinion, it is essential to have your children’s spine checked by a chiropractor. Who doesn’t want the very best for their children, especially when it comes to health.
Chiropractic care for kids is extremely safe, with no reported injuries. Ever. Special consideration is taken for their fragile spines, and any adjustments or corrections are done very gently. At Coolum Family Chiropractic we never do any manual adjusting (or ‘cracking’) on kids until there spines have stopped fully developing (between 18-21 years of age).
Our chiropractors have also undergone extra training in the specific discipline of pediatric chiropractic care, so you can rest assured that your kids will be getting the best, and safest care available. Adjusting babies is very different to adjusting adults, and we only use very gentle pressure (no more than you could stand on your eyeball) if any adjustments are needed.