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Pediatric Chiropractic

Did you know that the birth process is likely the most stressful and traumatic event that a child will ever experience? That’s why, at Roots Chiropractic, we are so passionate about taking care of children. With our gentle and specific care, we can remove interference in a child’s nervous system through pediatric adjustments and craniosacral therapy so they can enjoy the highest levels of health.

Holistic Care for Every Stage of Development

Just as it’s important to have your infant adjusted as soon after birth as possible, bringing your child in throughout the various stages of development is beneficial. These stages include learning to roll over, crawling, standing, and walking. All of these actions have an impact on a child’s spinal development.

When kids progress from toddlers to preschoolers and older they start experiencing more physical stress from activities such as falling, running, and jumping. Chiropractic care can help your children thrive, adapt to their daily stressors, and enjoy great health at every stage!

Common Conditions We See

Here are some conditions that see improvement with chiropractic care:

  • Ear infections
  • Colic
  • Reflux
  • Torticollis or favoring a side
  • Nursing/latching concerns
  • Constipation

By addressing these issues early in life, one can often help prevent surgeries or other considerable medical interventions.

If your child has never received chiropractic care before you may be unsure of what to expect. Rest assured, it’s very different from traditional chiropractic care. There is never any twisting and cracking.

With newborns, we use the amount of pressure you would use to test the ripeness of a tomato. After all, a baby doesn’t have a lifetime’s worth of stress and tension in their bodies like we as adults do. It doesn’t take as much to get things to move and to function better in such a little body.

When you bring your child in, we’ll first do a consultation, asking you what their concerns are, what’s going on and what their goals are. Your child’s chiropractor then will go through range of motion testing, using games to see the mobility in your child’s spine. We’ll also check their reflexes to make sure that neurologically everything is functioning properly. Then it’s time for the adjustment! We always try to make children’s time here a fun experience.

Some kids are nervous about getting adjusted because it’s a new experience. We find that once they get adjusted the first time, the next time they come in and run to the table and hop on. Most kids absolutely love it. Some babies will sleep through their entire adjustment, while other infants will be curious and content while parents often say things like, “Wow, this is the happiest they’ve been all week!”

Will adjustments hurt my baby?

Absolutely not. This is a common concern among parents who mistakenly think their child will receive adjustments like the ones they receive. Not only are adjusting techniques modified for each person’s size and unique spinal problem, an infant’s spine rarely has the long-standing muscle tightness seen in adults. This makes the energy needed to adjust a child’s spine considerably less than what is needed to adjust an adult.

Our doctors’ little girl was adjusted just hours after her birth so they will provide your child with the same gentle care.

Aren't things like colic, reflux and constipation normal for babies to have?

No. Though common, these issues aren’t normal. Chiropractic can help address those. Addressing a child’s spinal health from the get-go sets them up to grow and develop to their fullest potential.
My toddler has a hard time sitting still. Can you still adjust them?

Yes, we understand that it’s hard to keep busy toddlers in one position. We can accommodate them. We tell parents to not worry about it as it’s our job–we’ll make it work, even if that means adjusting them on the floor or on the move.

Schedule an Appointment

Contact our Mt Lebanon chiropractic office to book an appointment with our pediatric chiropractors!

Pediatric Chiropractor Mt Lebanon PA | (412) 502-2297