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Paediatric Chiropractic

Research indicates spinal problems may begin at birth with most going untreated.

-Biedermann H. Manual therapy in children: With special emphasis on the upper cervical spine. 
In Vernon H [ed]. The Cranio-Cervical Syndrome. Oxford, UNITED KINGDOM: Butterworth Heinemann, 2001, pp. 207-230.

newborn babyStress to the human framework and nervous system begins from the day we are born. Spinal misalignment and injury often begins from the forces and stresses at birth, especially so in cases when forceps, suction or surgical caesarean section are involved.

However, all too often the need for spinal care for newborns, infants and children goes unrecognised and untreated.

Has your child ever done any one of these?

Falls from beds, change mats, and high chairs, tumbles down steps, constant and repetitive bumps to the head and bottom whilst learning to walk, fall from bikes, scooters, trampolines, sporting and car accidents can all significantly contribute to accumulated stress on the spine of a child’s body. Such stressors certainly may upset the normal mechanics of the child’s body potentially contributing to damage and imbalances of spinal and other joints, ligaments, and muscles.

Importance of Early Intervention

It is a truism that the childhood years are crucial to the body’s overall development and if problems are not resolved then we are often left to carry them throughout our entire adult life. With current trends including a significant and increasing daily use of technology (iphone, tablets, and computers) in both the home and school settings, it is becoming more and more frequent seeing children suffering from poor posture. Some people consider it normal for children to suffer headaches, constant infections, allergies, asthma and back pain. Yet, strikingly it is not normal, nor healthy no matter how common it may be for a child to have these signs and symptoms of dysfunction.

Potential indicators of spinal problems that you may notice:

  • Trouble turning the head to one side – preferred Feeding on one side, latching, suck reflex problems
  • Flat- Head; Flatness on the side of the Skull
  • Poor Head Control
  • Excessive Crying or Irritability
  • Can’t Roll Over
  • Crawls with one Foot up
  • Falls repetitively
  • Sitting in “W Position”
  • Poor posture
  • Inability to sit still at mat time
  • Turned in foot and/or tripping over feet

Safety and Chiropractic

kids in a classroomA Chiropractor must complete a five year, Masters University degree. The chiropractors at South Perth Chiropractic have completed many post-graduate seminars in paediatric assessment and care. Josh has completed his post graduate advanced diploma in paediatric chiropractic.

Perhaps the biggest misconception that people have is that chiropractic is all about back pain and ‘crunch and crack’! Nothing could be further from the truth. Chiropractic is deeply rooted to the philosophy of restoring and maintaining a full functioning nervous system. Paediatric chiropractic is child-friendly and our number one focus is safety through thoroughness and gentleness.

Please feel free to contact us at spadmin@spchiro.com.au, browse our website www.southperthchiro.com.au or call our office on 9474 1955 to enquire, discuss or organise an initial assessment to see if Chiropractic can help.

Our References »

1. Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy http://www.allergy.org.au/patients/about-allergy