Pediatric Chiropractic Care

“At Healthy Start Family Chiropractic, we believe that even the tiniest of us deserves the best possible chance at life.  That’s why we take great pride in being the best possible chiropractors for kids.  Everything about us, from our continuing education to the atmosphere in our office space, makes your child feel safe and special…because every child deserves exceptional!”

A lot of people question why any child would ever need to be adjusted by a chiropractor and when we introduce ourselves as Pediatric Chiropractic Specialists, we often times get blank stares.  For those people who think that chiropractic care is all about pain, we can somewhat understand their concern.  But regardless, here’s why it’s so important that kids get checked.

The very first subluxation usually occurs during or even before the birth process.  A condition can occur during development where there is not enough room in the uterus for the baby to develop properly called uterine constraint.  This can result not only in spinal abnormalities of the baby, but can create malpositioning of the baby for birth and result in a difficult birth process.  Longer, more laborious births, increased back labor, acynclitic presentation, forceps, vacuum extraction and cesarean sections are often times the result.   Even without all of this, a normal unmedicated vaginal delivery can cause subluxations of the spine resulting in malfunction of the tiny baby’s nervous system.  In fact, multiple studies have shown that approximately 90% of newborns suffer from the effects of birth trauma in the cervical spine and cranium.  This leads to nerve dysfunction and if left uncorrected, can impact the baby’s spinal growth and neurological development.  This is of utmost importance given that 65% of neurological development occurs in the baby’s first year.

It can be difficult for a parent  to recognize  when a child has a subluxation.  Here is what nerve dysfunction caused by subluxation can look like:

* Disturbed sleep

* Breastfeeding or feeding difficulties (impaired sucking, latching, swallowing or head positioning)

* Irritability or colic

* Reflux, frequent spitting up, or excessive gas

* Balance issues (head tilt , high shoulder, or arching of the body)

* Delayed developmental milestones

Additionally, some common childhood disorders can be linked to subluxation. 

* Recurrent ear infections

* Asthma and allergies

* Bedwetting and/or Constipation

* ADHD, ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or Sensory Processing Disorder

* Growing Pains

* Persistent sore throats and colds

All of these issues may be resolved through gentle chiropractic adjustments to the spine by a Pediatric Chiropractic Specialist.  By getting your baby or child checked for subluxation, you are insuring that your child has the best possible chance at life.  Who wouldn’t want that?  

Is Chiropractic Safe for kids? 

YES!  Chiropractic adjustments provided by a pediatric specialist are considered the safest.  That’s because the specialist knows exactly what components go into the growth and development of a child and can provide care specific to a child’s unique structure and needs.  You can also be assured that a pediatric trained chiropractor will provide the gentlest possible approach to care.  Rest, assured, you will be in good hands with the doctors at Healthy Start Family Chiropractic.

*Not from the Lincoln area?  For a pediatric specialist near you, visit and search for the CACCP certification.*