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Chiro for Kids?

One of the most frequent questions I am often asked by parents is – “Why does my child need to see a chiropractor?”

To keep it short and sweet, I often ask my patients why they come in to see me for adjustemnts? The most common answers include: “to feel amazing”, “to get aligned”, “to make sure my spine is in the right place and that my nervous system is working”. All great answers!

Now think of it this way – babies and kids have spines and nervous systems too! Essentially, the nervous system is like the information highway. It coordinates all types of bodily functions including breathing, digestion and immune responses. If the communication to the nervous system is interrupted or damaged by misalignments (subluxations), we experience all sorts of information errors including pain, headaches, high blood pressure, digestive problems.

In babies and kids, this communication breakdown may show up as colic or irritability, poor sleeping habits, developmental/motor delays, digestion issues, lethargy or low energy, difficulty breastfeeding, asthma and more.   Often, a newborn baby could have experienced a difficult birthing process or suffered from distress during his journey through the birth canal.

Chiropractic focuses on restoring function to the nervous system so that the body can work optimally and efficiently; invariably, letting the body heal itself.

Chiropractic adjustments for adults differ greatly from those performed on babies and are very gentle using light fingertip pressure.

Dr. Jennifer Barham from Australia has written an amazing book called Well Adjusted Babies.  In it she lists reasons why children need to see a chiropractor.  I’ve listed them below:

Top 10 Reasons Why Parents Take Their Children to See a Chiropractor (as adapted by Dr. Jennifer Barham of Well Adjusted Babies.

1. To encourage good neural plasticity

2. To support “first- class “ nerve communication throughout the body – promoting health and well-being

3. To help strengthen their child’s immunity thereby reducing frequency of colds, ear-aches and general illness

4. To help resolve breastfeeding issues and colic

5. To reduce the detrimental impact our modern world has on our children

6. Encourages child to thrive by supporting digestive strength

7. To help improve child’s ability to learn and concentrate

8. To promote body balance – resolving poor posture, and encouraging proper biomechanics

9. To help kids stay fun and light-hearted

10. To help kids stay in tip-top shape

Taking these things in mind – it may be time to have your little one checked by a paediatric chiropractor.



Prenatal Chiropractic Care: The FAQs

I’m often asked by mamas in Toronto if chiropractic work can help during pregnancy and if so, how. The simple answer is YES! Find out how below.

Q. How can chiropractic help during pregnancy?

Pre-existing but often unnoticed imbalances in the spine become stressed during pregnancy.  In addition, the weight of a growing uterus has a tendency to change a woman’s biomechanics, shifting the center of gravity and putting pressure on joints of the hips, pelvis and lower back.

Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy can relieve and even prevent the common discomforts experienced in pregnancy.  Specific adjustments (such as the Webster technique) eliminate the causes of stress in the spine.

Q. Is chiropractic safe during any stage of pregnancy? 

Chiropractic care is absolutely safe through all trimesters of pregnancy as early as the first month and does not harm the growing fetus in any way.

Using the Webster Technique of specific gentle chiropractic analysis and adjustments, we can help rebalance the pelvis reducing any nerve irritation to the spine and generally help the body feel more at ease overall.

Chiropractic care has been proven to reduce labor times and has been shown to reduce the need for pain medication and medical intervention during childbirth.

Q. What exactly is the Webster Technique?

The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic adjustment designed to help ease the symptoms of an unbalanced pelvis and misaligned spine.  The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation and SI Joint dysfunction.  In so doing, the biomechanical function of the pelvis is improved.

Q. Can chiropractic help baby positioning?  (eg. Breech presentation)

As a baby develops, a woman’s uterus enlarges to accommodate the rapid growth.  When the pelvis is in a balanced state, the ligaments connected to the uterus (specifically the round ligaments) maintain an equalized, supportive suspension for the uterus.

If the pelvis is out of balance or misaligned, these ligaments become twisted, causing a condition called “intrauterine constraint”.  This constraint limits the space available for the developing baby to move.

If there is intrauterine constraint as birth approaches, the baby is prevented from getting into the best possible position for birth.  Even if the baby is in the desirable head down position, often intrauterine constraint prevents the baby’s head from moving into the ideal presentation for delivery.  This may slow labor and add distress and pain to both mother and baby.

Using the Webster Technique, a chiropractor gently opens up the pelvis, allowing baby space or room to move into proper positioning. If the baby is in correct position, the technique also helps to maintain that ideal positioning leading up to delivery.


The Webster technique has been found to have an 82% success rate in clinical studies for breech babies. (JMPT July-Aug 2002)

In my practice….
More and more mamas are realizing the health benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy. Mothers that receive care during pregnancy report improvements in overall health and general wellness throughout and even after their pregnancies. Many second or third time mamas that had not received care for their first delivery report an easier and faster birth under chiropractic care.