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Pediatric Chiropractic at Parent Chiropractic Center

Dr. Nicole with little girlMany parents may wonder why children need to see a chiropractor. After all, kids usually don’t complain of back or neck pain. Instead of focusing on pain relief, pediatric chiropractic care seeks to optimize the health of a child’s nervous system so they can grow and develop as they should, hitting critical milestones along the way.

Witnessing Quick Responses to Care

One of the reasons why we like to care for children is they respond to their adjustments quickly compared to adults. It’s so fulfilling to see the rapid changes that young patients experience. For example, if they are coming in with pain, colic or another common childhood condition, just by adjusting them we can see the relief on their face.

Or we may hear from a parent that their constipated child was able to have a bowel movement immediately afterward or within 24 hours of getting adjusted.

How Are Children Adjusted?

The short answer: very gently! For infants, we apply about the same amount of pressure that’s used to check a tomato for ripeness. With kids, we can either use light-force manual adjustments or the Activator® instrument. Kids in our practice love this instrument because they can play with it and “adjust” Mom and Dad too!

Children under chiropractic care often experience the following benefits:

  • Fewer colds and ear infections
  • Better balance and coordination
  • Healthier brain function
  • Normal bowel and bladder movements

  • Improved digestion
  • Easier breathing (for those with asthma)
  • Better absorption of proper nutrients going in into their body

Before your child’s appointment, we will have you complete some paperwork. Your child can wear anything to the appointment. If they want to bring in a favorite stuffed animal or something else that’s comforting to them, we invite them to do so. One of the ways we help children feel comfortable is by “adjusting” their teddy bear or other stuffed animal.

Your child’s chiropractor will perform a gentle and comprehensive exam. Rest assured that we don’t X-ray young children. If upon evaluation, the doctor feels x-rays are necessary, a discussion will ensue.

For younger patients, we use sEMG technology to measure the health of the nervous system. With these completely safe and painless thermal scans, no radiation is used.

A lot of the children we see have parents who have been under care at our practice. So these kids have often witnessed their moms or dads get adjusted. Sometimes the child may be asked to assist in a mock adjustment of their parent or guardian. We found by getting them involved into the process, they’re much more comfortable following through with an adjustment.

Dr. Nicole received her first adjustment shortly after birth and throughout her childhood. Dr. Daniel received his first adjustment at 4 years of age. They both have an understanding of what it’s like to be a child under chiropractic care.

The good news is most of our young patients love coming to see us. In our friendly and caring practice, kids are often smiling and giggling—just having a good time. Perhaps best of all—no shots are given here!

Will an adjustment hurt my child?

No, not at all. We provide very gentle adjustments that use little force. It’s important for parents to know that you don’t need to use much force to get an effective adjustment.
Why should I have my infant adjusted soon after they're born?

Chiropractic can gently and safely remove any subluxation that may be present in your child’s nervous system allowing your newborn to experience healthy growth and development.
Can chiropractic help my child's digestive issues?

Yes! We see many children with issues including acid reflux and constipation. By removing interference in the child’s nervous system, the digestive system therefore can work optimally.

Young Patient Success Stories

A 5-year-old girl who suffered from anxiety was brought into our care. She was always nervous and quiet and kept to herself. We talked to her during her exam and then showed her the adjusting table and all of the different features on it. Initially she held her mother’s hand while being adjusted. After just a few visits, she now looks forward to getting adjusted along with her two younger sisters.

Another patient, a 7-week-old baby who had a severe case of colic, was frequently constipated and couldn’t gain weight. Shortly after being adjusted, the little girl had a bowel movement and was able to sleep through that night.

Dr. Daniel and Dr. Nicole were also concerned that the baby girl had tongue-tie so they referred her to a specialist who confirmed that she did indeed have this condition.

Book an Appointment

We want to help your child experience optimal health, naturally. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for pediatric chiropractic care.

Pediatric Chiropractor Londonderry, Windham and Derry NH | (603) 434-8300