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Chiropractic for Children and Infants

While parents take their children to a chiropractor for a variety of reasons, it is important to acknowledge that Chiropractors do not claim to “cure” conditions. The main purpose of  chiropractic care is to improve posture and spinal nerve communication thereby helping to improve overall natural function of the body.

Chiropractic Care for Babies

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Many parents choose to have their newborn assessed by a chiropractor to ensure their baby has the best start in life.

The focus of chiropractic care for children is to reduce interference to their nervous system (subluxations), therefore enabling their brain and body to communicate effectively with each other. A body that is functioning without subluxations will be able to self-regulate and self-heal more effectively, resulting in a happier, healthier and well balanced child.

Learn more about the gentle care we provide our youngest of visitors!

How do I know if my baby has subluxations?

The only way to know for sure is to have your baby assessed by a chiropractor, however below are some signs that your baby may have irritation to their nervous system:

  • Difficulty breastfeeding or a weak suck
  • Irritable, unsettled & uncomfortable baby
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Abnormal posture, preferring to look to one side
  • Asymmetrical head shape & flattening of the head
  • Torticolis (spasm of front neck muscles)

In the last 20-30 years there has been a marked increase in intervention during labour. Forceps, Ventouse (vacuum extraction), Caesarean section all place enormous stress on the spine of the newborn, particularly the cranials and upper cervical spine. Even if you have had a natural normal labour with no intervention, having your newborn checked within the first 6 weeks of birth may help to relieve them of spinal nerve stress which can cause them to be unsettled and irritable. Tension and disturbance of the spinal joints can have a wide-ranging effect on the baby’s body, from noticeable restricted movement (baby latching only on one side, or preferring to turn head to one side) to digestive issues and poor sleep patterns.

Gentle adjusted techniques are used for babies, using about the same amount of pressure as checking a Tomato for ripeness!

Gentle adjusted techniques are used for babies, using about the same amount of pressure as checking a Tomato for ripeness!

Adjusting babies is very different to adjusting adults. The amount of pressure used to make an adjustment is no firmer than you would use to check the ripeness of a tomato and is either performed by hand or by using a instrument called an Activator. Adjustments are so gentle babies often sleep right through their appointment.


Did you know that 65% of neurological development (development of the brain and nervous system) occurs in your child’s first year? It is therefore so important to ensure that your baby can maximise their nerve function during this critical period in their development.

Should I Take My Baby to See a Chiropractor?

Chiropractic for Children

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Chiropractic is a safe and effective option for children of all ages

Generally, children respond much faster and more profoundly to chiropractic care than adults do. They have not subjected their bodies to the same years of abuse that we have.

Another major difference is that pain is not usually a primary complaint. This can make it more difficult for parents to know when kids need to visit their chiropractor. There are certain “clues” that we can watch for to gain more understanding in this area, such as postural changes, being off-balance, always tilting their head to one side, and running with a limp.

The following concerns are common reasons why parents bring in their children for chiropractic care, and although chiropractic care is not the cure for these health concerns, by restoring proper brain to body communication, it allows the body the best chance at functioning at its best:

1. The daily life of a child

We all know that part of being a child is learning through exploring our limits and pushing our boundaries. Sometimes this can result in accidents such as trips and falls. While children often appear to bounce back quickly from these common events, small amounts of damage can be done to the spine and if unchecked, this can result in larger issues later in life, so it’s a good idea to have them checked regularly from a young age.

2. Chiropractic promotes good posture and development

Gently adjusting the spine leads to enhanced posture and normal structural development. This in turn allows for optimal nervous system function and therefore improved general health and wellbeing.3. Athletic performanceProfessional athletes like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, and Usain Bolt have been going to chiropractors for years to keep their spine aligned and their minds sharp. Chiropractic has been shown to improve reaction time(1-3), helping kids compete at their highest potential from a young age.

4. Scoliosis

Young children should be checked for scoliosis regularly. School age children are usually checked for this but a chiropractor has been taught to spot even the slightest curvature. Scoliosis is an abnormal curve of the spine and if serious may cause serious lifelong problems. If detected early scoliosis can be managed and with corrective exercises and regular adjustments we can help to prevent further curvature.

5. Spinal pain or Growing Pains

Yes, children experience pain like adults do. Kids are notoriously falling down bumping their heads. Spines big and small should be checked if they have had any major falls or hits on the head. If you or your children ever get in a car accident be sure to be checked by a chiropractor to make sure they there is no damage to your neck and nervous system. Pain of any type is a warning that something isn’t right. While considered a “phase they’re going through,” it’s usually a sign that biomechanical stress to the nervous system is present.

Chiropractic care helps keep children at their best

Chiropractic care helps keep children at their best

Gentle Techniques

Our Chiropractors choose to use gentle, specific techniques. These techniques vary depending on the unique needs of individual children and what stage of development they are currently in. Children love being adjusted at our centres and babies often sleep through the entire process!

Many of the hard-to-correct problems we see in adults are long-standing problems that began, and remained undetected in childhood. If you have questions, feel free to email or call us. We’re happy to discuss any concern without cost or obligation.


(1) Kelly D, Murphy B, and Backhouse D (2000), “Use of a mental rotation reaction-time paradigm to measure the effects of upper cervical adjustments on cortical processing: a pilot study,” JMPT, 23(2000), pp.246-251, DOI:
(2) Daligadu J, Haavik H, Yielder P, Baarbe J, and Murphy B (2013), “Alterations in Cortical and Cerebellar Motor Processing in Subclinical Neck Pain Patients Following Spinal Manipulation,” JMPT Vol 36, Iss 8, October 2013 pp. 527-537,
(3)  DeVocht J, Vining R, Smith D, Long C, Jones T, and Goertz C (2019), “Effect of chiropractic manipulative therapy on reaction time in special operations forces military personnel: a randomized controlled trial,” BioMed Central: Journal Trials,