Why Chiropractic for Kids?

The reason is very simple. Unhealthy kids are adapting to sickness, illness, and disease. While healthy kids are overcoming sickness, illness, and disease. Adapting and overcoming are two entirely different mechanisms within the body.

What is adapting?

Let’s take a tree, for example. Visualize a baby tree being stabilized by a stake. In this example the tree represents a child’s body. The roots are the brain, the trunk is the spinal column, and the leaves and branches represent the remainder of the body (organs, extremities, etc..) Let’s explore a few questions about this baby tree and why it requires the stake in order to grow into a well functioning, healthy adult tree.

  1. When is the best time for a baby tree to be staked?
    • As early as possible is right! The earlier in life the tree is staked the better chance it has of growing up in health. And the less susceptible the tree is left to trauma, like strong winds and drought.
  2. What happens if the tree is never staked?
    • It’s left susceptible to trauma from the very beginning of life. It will be forced to adapt to trauma versus being able to overcome the trauma. If strong winds strike an unsupported tree, it’s more likely to be bent by the wind, and less likely to be able to return to its original position.
  3. What happens if a tree is staked early in life?
    • It’s able to overcome a multitude of trauma. It isn’t affected by the wind in the same way because it isn’t left vulnerable during critical times.

If the tree represents a child’s body, then the stake represents the best support for a child’s body, which is chiropractic care.

What traumas should a parent be concerned with?

Pediatric Chiropractic, Chiropractic for Kids

First, and foremost, birth trauma. Regardless of how well a birth plan is planned, or how smoothly the actual birthing, approximately 80% of babies are born with spinal trauma, both major and minor. Even minor spinal trauma can lead to health issues such as colic, irritability, inability to sleep, inability to latch and/or breastfeed, failure to thrive, missed milestones, and developmental delays in the brain.

“The birth process, even under normal conditions, is frequently the first cause of spinal stress. After the head of the child appears, the physician grabs the baby’s head and twists it around in a figure eight motion, lifting it up to receive the lower shoulder and then down to receive the upper shoulder. This creates significant stress on the spine of the baby.” (1)

“Spinal cord and brain stem traumas often occur during the process of birth but frequently escape diagnosis. Infants often experience lasting neurological defects. Spinal trauma at birth is essentially attributed to longitudinal traction, especially when this force is combined with flexion and torsion of the spinal axis during delivery.” (1)

Undiagnosed subluxations from birth and the attempt to treat, or to cover up the symptoms (or the evidence) of the subluxation rather than remove the subluxation leads to a vast variety of health issues in babies. A subluxation is the misalignment of the vertebrae located near the brain stem (the axis and the atlas) that impairs the nervous system.

A common misconception about chiropractors is that we are bone doctors. This is only a piece of what we do! Our biggest concern is how well the central nervous system is functioning, as well as finding out whether the vertebrae near the brain stem are impairing the ability of any function within the body. When the nervous system is able to work at 100% of its capacity the rest of the body is free to function at 100% of its capacity. Leaving the body in a state that is able to self-heal through proper function results in the evidence of a subluxation (or, symptoms) resolving without medication.

upper cervical chiropractic care for babies

How do I know if my child has a subluxation?

Having a physical examination along with x-rays by an Upper Cervical Chiropractor is the best way to discover whether or not a subluxation is present. During the physical examination we look for heat differentiation between the two sides of the neck, this is an indicator that one side is experiencing lesser blood flow to the brain. We also look to see if one leg is shorter, this tells us that muscular imbalance is present throughout the body. Lastly, we take specific measurements from specific x-rays to discover the exact degree of misalignment that is present. These measurements allow us to determine the exact angle of correction required for your child’s subluxated spine. Why are we so specific? There are 274 unique ways in which the top two bones in the neck can become misaligned, meaning every person’s misalignment and subluxation is unique.

Upper cervical chiropractors remove subluxations, and return the body to a state of optimal function and optimal healing.

Upper Cervical doctors are specifically trained to detect, analyze, and remove a subluxation of the spine. Because the body is unable to correct subluxations on its own, it requires an outside force. We use an instrument which delivers a gentle correction to only the cervical vertebrae. This gentle force does not cure illnesses; it does, however, rehabilitate the nervous system and allow the body to self-heal. It’s the nervous system which combats illnesses naturally from within the body! When the nervous system is free of subluxation, healing WILL occur!



1. Towbin, A. (1968). "Spinal Cord and Brain Stem Injury in Newborn Infants." Developmental Child Neurology II

2. Converse, J Why do Pediatricians deny the obvious

3. http://www.amymyersmd.com/2017/01/understanding-true-cause-autoimmune-disease/

4. https://www.sjogrens.org/files/articles/QuickFacts.pdf