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The Parent’s Guide to Chiropractic Care

In partnership with traditional pediatrics, chiropractic care can offer your child a solid foundation for a life-time of good health and well-being. Below you will learn more specifically about chiropractic for children and how it can benefit your child today.

How does chiropractic work for children?

Whether your child is just learning to walk or they are deciding what college to attend, their spinal column is made up of 24 independent vertebrae that enable them to twist, bend and move throughout the day. It also protects the delicate central nervous system that controls the body’s ability to grow, repair and function at its best by communicating with every cell, tissue and organ of the body.

Subluxations of the spine, commonly known as joint dysfunctions, occur when two or more vertebrae become restricted and impede the body’s ability to communicate with itself. Joint dysfunctions in a child can be caused by everyday activities throughout their development cycle.

Falls while learning to walk, championship wrestling with dad, lugging an oversized backpack around and staring down at their phones are all great examples of activities that put the body in situations that can negatively affect the spine and proper nerve communication throughout the body.

Chiropractors are trained to locate and correct joint dysfunctions by applying a gentle, targeted movement to the body’s spinal column and extremities, where and when needed. This non-invasive technique is commonly known as a chiropractic adjustment.

How can my child benefit from chiropractic care?

Parents and pediatric physicians alike, look to chiropractors to help establish a natural, drug-free foundation that can have immediate and long-term benefits to their child’s health.

Chiropractic could help with these common childhood ailments:

  • Back & Neck Pain
  • Injuries from Falling & Active Play
  • Growing Pains
  • Immune System Function
  • Behavior & Attitude
  • Sleeping
  • Scoliosis
  • Posture
  • Ear Infections
  • And More

To see if chiropractic care is right for your child, the chiropractors at West Chiropractic & Wellness will perform a consultation, examination and if necessary, refer you out for diagnostic imaging such as x-ray or MRI. Based on the findings of our chiropractic exam and consultation, your doctor of chiropractic may elect to co-treat your child with other healthcare professionals such as your pediatric physician.

To find a local chiropractor and to learn more about how chiropractic care can help children, contact or visit one of our chiropractic offices today, to speak with a licensed doctor of chiropractic.

Q: What age can a patient safely receive a chiropractic adjustment?

A: No patient is too young or old to receive chiropractic care. There are numerous techniques options available to adjust your spine, some of which do not require any manual force whatsoever. Regardless of your age, a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic is trained to recognize when certain techniques are more applicable to a patient based on age, physical condition, exam findings and the patient’s history.

Q: Are all patients given the same type care?

A: In actuality, there are three stages of chiropractic care:


If your child is experiencing aches, pains and or decreased range of motion, our licensed chiropractors will work to identify the source of the issue and eliminate joint restrictions, also known as subluxations. Subluxations can get in the way of proper nerve communication from the brain to the body–often resulting in pain and discomfort.

While seeking relief, the doctor may recommend multiple visits per week, for two to four weeks, or until the pain is reduced. The doctor will likely also recommend home therapies such as icing and/or stretching at home.


Just because pain and discomfort begin to subside doesn’t mean your child should stop receiving care. Muscle and other soft tissue damage may still be present even though the symptoms of pain are gone. Recovery care works to support the body’s ability to heal itself by maintaining proper communication throughout the entire body.

During recovery, the doctor may recommend visiting one to two times per week as well as performing strengthening exercises at home.


You’ve heard the phrase “no pain, no gain,” right? Well, chiropractic is a little different. Even when your child is not experiencing pain or discomfort, they can gain from routine care. While routine chiropractic can help improve health and well-being; it can also serve as an early detection system for new problems.

Once your child has found relief and have fully recovered, the doctor will typically recommend maintenance visits along with a balanced diet and exercise regimen.

Q: Will chiropractic care hurt my child?

A: Chiropractic adjustment is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort because minimal force and gentle pressure are used. In fact, most patients feel relief immediately following treatment.

Q: Will my child be sore following a chiropractic adjustment?

A: Any reported soreness after an initial adjustment has been described as similar to that associated with starting a new exercise program. Drinking plenty of water, using an ice pack, and engaging in light stretching after their first visit can help ease any discomfort and promote healing.

Q: What is the activator?

A: The Activator Method is one of the most widely researched gentle instrument chiropractic adjusting techniques used on children and seniors today. Rather than using the hands to restore joint motion, a small hand-held device is used.

Q: How often will my child have to go to a chiropractor?

A: The frequency in which your child receive chiropractic care is strictly up to the professional opinion of a Doctor of Chiropractic and will vary from individual to individual.

Q: How do I explain the “popping” noise of an adjustment to my child?

A: The popping sounds they will hear are their joints releasing tiny pockets of gases. A chiropractic adjustment does not affect the bones of either side of the joint, but rather the connective tissue that holds the joint together.

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