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Paediatric Chiropractic in Townsville

Baby getting adjustmentChildren can also benefit greatly from chiropractic adjustments, even infants. Just as the nervous system is the system that runs everything in our bodies as adults, the same is true for kids. If their spine isn’t aligned, it can cause dysfunction and result in pain and other symptoms.

What to Expect

With a paediatric patient, the team at Chiropractic Care North QLD will do a thorough assessment based on their age. We look at their primitive reflexes first in the earliest stages. When those fade, they’re replaced with different reflexes, and children are screened for that progression. An assessment done in the range of a newborn to a 2-month-old will look differently from an assessment done for a 6-month-old.

Your chiropractor knows exactly what to look for and what it means from an adjustment standpoint if certain reflexes aren’t disappearing when they should, or beginning to develop for that matter, and adjust the young child based on their findings.

Adjusting Leg-Length Discrepancies

Leg-length discrepancies can also have a negative effect on a child’s life, through adulthood, until corrected. While common, it can affect everything from the child’s gait to their posture and knee hyperextension, and cause back, hip, knee, or ankle pain.

If it’s caught early enough—typically before 11 in girls and 13 in boys—it may be corrected through chiropractic adjustments by about 1 millimetre a month. Measurements are done by X-ray. Care can include adjustments to the lumbar spine and pelvis and wearing a lift in the shoe of the shorter leg if the discrepancy is greater than 12 millimetres.

Parents Play a Role in Care

The chiropractic team wants parents to feel ownership over their child’s adjustments. They will emphasise teaching the parents how to do the soft tissue techniques themselves, because they understand it can be stressful and even traumatic to continue bringing an infant to and from the office frequently.

The doctors all report great outcomes from this methodology and are pleased to build a great relationship with the parents.

It’s Never Too Early to Visit the Chiropractor

Once you feel comfortable bringing the baby out of the house after birth, it’s time for the baby’s first adjustment! It’s truly never too soon to start adjusting your child.

Call us today to learn more about how we may help your young child start life with the best in natural care.

Paediatric Chiropractic Townsville, QLD | (07) 4728 8488