Children go through so many changes as they grow. The nervous system is the first to develop and it controls all the other body systems.
It is therefore very important to have the nervous system develop according to appropriate age related milestones. Our chiropractors, who work with children, have completed post graduate training to assess babies and children and identify if there is any milestone delay. Importantly, we can determine if a Chiropractic subluxation - a misalignment of the spine which results in irritation and poor function of the nervous system- is a cause. Subluxations may occur very early in life. One of the first and most traumatic things to happen to the spine is the birth process. If the delivery is difficult or requiring assistance, there can be pressure on the mechanics of the babies spine.
The risk of any material adverse event with children is rare (Todd et al, 2015), highlighting that Chiropractic care for babies and children is safe. We use very gentle approaches to help correct any subluxations and modify our techniques to suit the age of the patient. The pressure we apply is equivalent to applying pressure to one's eyeball.
Initial consultation includes a full case history being taken. In history taking, information is gathered relating to your primary concern of your child’s health, and other general questions are asked in relation to their overall health, growth, development, food intake, sleep and posture.
The examination involves a thorough spinal assessment, orthopedic and neurological tests, and if indicated, a chiropractic treatment is also implemented.The examination also includes assessment of primitive reflexes, spinal and extremity function, as well as muscle tone.
Your chiropractor will identify the extent of a particular problem and will tailor make a management plan. Every baby and child is different. We integrate a review system to ensure the appropriate treatment frequency is provided.
Chiropractors are primary health care providers and are trained to recognise and diagnose health problems. The chiropractors, in our centre, are happy to collaborate with other health providers with sharing of clinical records, once parental consent is given, if we feel a second opinion is required.The primary obligation is the welfare of your child.