How and Why Does A Chiropractor Treat a Baby?

Here’s a conversation I frequently have with people about this:

Frank: How do you do chiropractic on infants?

Me: Completely different to adults.  There is no 'cracking' of joints.  It is very gentle.  If we find that there are any joints misaligned, we gently press and hold (pressure of testing the ripeness of a tomato) in a specific direction to improve it.
As gentle as it is, it can still be painful to them.  An inflamed joint is tender to even light touch.

Frank: What kind of improvements do you see in them?

Me: Technically, the only thing chiropractic does is decrease spinal tension. 
This tension may be a result of traumatic birth, assisted birth (ie. forceps, vantousse), or even from a pregnancy where the baby has been in a position unable to move much (in-utero constraint).
By removing tension off the spine, there is less stress on the nervous system, so the body can function better.
We hear from parents all sorts of amazing improvements with their baby:

  • less crying
  • better sleep
  • better breast and bottle feeding
  • better bowel movements
  • general sense of a happier baby
  • better with tummy time
  • improved torticollis

It is truly amazing to see these transformations.

Chiropractic is not a cure for any of the above mentioned things.  But we often see these improve when there is less stress on the nervous system.

All of our chiropractors have done extra training in pediatric chiropractic care.  You can be assured that on your first visit, a thorough history and exam will take place to find out if we can help your precious little one.  Everything will be explained prior to doing anything - getting your okay every step of the way.

Dr. Nik Dukovac
Family Chiropractor