About Kids Chiro
While many adults are happy to seek chiropractic treatment for themselves, they are often unaware of the incredible range of benefits that chiropractic treatments can offer children of all ages, from newborns right through to teenagers. There are a vast range of behaviours and conditions that can be managed naturally and safely with chiropractic care.
The same principles that underpin chiropractic care for adults are also true of "kids chiro". In fact, as children and small babies are less likely to have the same types of physical stresses, strains and injuries that adults typically experience, their bodies tend to respond very quickly to treatment.
So what is Kids Chiro?
Kids Chiro (or Paediatric Chiropractic) is the application of specialised chiropractic techniques, methods and principles that have been specifically modified and altered to use on newborns, babies, children and teenagers. Kids Chiro focuses on the relationship between your child's Structure (their spine, pelvis and cranium) and Function (as coordinated and controlled by the nervous system). Your child's Structure can become compromised during physical, chemical and emotional stress or insults, which affects the normal Function of the nervous system and the body. This can mean anything from the daily routine of carrying a school backpack, as a result of falls, bumps and knocks, high impact sport, and even just being born.
A simpler way to explain it, might be to get you to think of the internet connection to your computer or phone. If the network is poor or slow, then you know that it takes a frustratingly long time to load a page. This is much the same principle that happens to the body when it is Subluxated. Organ, muscle and tissue function is compromised and won’t operate as smoothly as it should.
In babies and children, Subluxation can play out as colic or irritability, inability to suckle and breastfeed, poor sleep, developmental delays, reflux/digestion issues, behavioural problems, inability to concentrate, headaches and growing pains.
How Does Kids Chiro Work?
We use a gentle, safe and thorough technique, examination and palpation to detect the areas of Subluxation in your baby or child. We assess your child’s nerves, muscles and joints by applying techniques that have been adapted and specialised for small babies and children. When using our modified technique to the Subluxated areas of your baby or child’s body, we can improve the Functioning of their body, restore their health and optimise vitality. At the end of the day, just as we do for adults, we are essentially supporting the body’s innate ability to heal and repair itself.
While Kids Chiro may be able to help with many health issues, the main focus is not directly related to “curing” symptoms. The aim is to ensure that your baby or child’s nervous system has every opportunity to work efficiently and effectively, allowing them to reach their potential. In relation to small babies, a kids chiro appointment will also incorporate current advice on sleeping posture, handling, breastfeeding, dietary changes and nutritional supplementation. Practitioners at our clinic maintain strong relationships with other Paediatric specialists and practitioners. This will give you added peace of mind, because we can refer or co-manage your newborn or child where this approach is appropriate. This is of particular importance in newborns and infants, because researchers have found that the period between birth to age two is a critical period of brain development, and injuries can have long-lasting or even permanent effects on the structure and function of the brain. We also now know that the first year of a child's life can be a period of developmental vulnerability. This means that it is also the time in which therapeutic interventions can have the greatest positive effect.
Older children also benefit greatly from regular kids chiro treatments, and we very commonly treat a range of symptoms and issues (such as growing pains), that there are few to no other strategies available to parents. Children who participate in high impact sports can receive a great deal of benefit from taking care of their bodies through kids chiro.
It is so important that you have confidence that your child is receiving safe and gentle care. This is why constant study and research is a vital aspect of specialising in Paediatric Chiropractic. Dr Adam Sherriff has completed post-graduate studies in Paediatric Chiropractic and Manual Therapy for Infants and Children and has treated hundreds of children of all ages for a broad range of symptoms.
To make a Kids Chiro appointment, call Wellbeing Langwarrin on (03) 9785 6411.