Kids and Chiropractic

Chiropractic Care and Kids
 
How Do Our Dr.'s Treat Children?
Dr. Hensley and Dr. Regan both modify chiropractic treatment techniques to be appropriate for your child's size and needs, based on their presentation and case. Each Dr. uses very gentle pressure to correct spinal position and to help ensure proper spinal development. Treatment may also include exercises and nutritional counseling.

Spinal Development:
At birth, an infant's spine is a single, C-shaped curve as the infant lacks the strength to hold up his or her head. At approximately 6 months, a curve forms in the low back and the muscles of the lumbar area begin to develop. The child then learns to crawl, stand and develops the strength and balance to walk and run. At this stage the child has developed the three natural curves found in the adult spine.

As children begin to walk and run, they often lack the full coordination and balance needed, thus resulting in some slips and falls! Periodic checkups with your chiropractor can help to identify and treat any spinal misalignments or joint dysfunctions. Detecting developing weaknesses in a child's spine early is essential to prevent any developmental delays or dysfunctions.

How will Our Dr.'s Decide on a Course of Treatment?
Dr. Regan and Dr. Hensley will ask you questions concerning your child's birth and development. They will then conduct an examination to determine if your child's posture and movements are normal. The exam will include tests of reflexes and range of motion as well as a check of spinal curvature. If necessary, our Dr.'s understand the importance of collaborative care and will refer you to another specialist such as a pediatrician or neurologist.

How You Can Help to Ensure Normal Spinal Development:

To lift a baby, support the child's back and neck with your hands.
To lift an older child, grasp his or her body under the arms.
Use an approved car seat that provides support for your child's head and neck.
Make sure that your child has a firm bed.
Be aware of your child's eating habits. Emphasize the importance of eating a well balanced diet.
Teach your child to maintain good posture.
Schedule regular spinal check-ups.

 

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