Parents can seek chiropractic care for their children from the time they are born. Chiropractors will very gently examine children of all ages to reduce any interference with the nervous system allowing for proper growth and development.
What age is safe to start chiropractic care for children?
Dr. Chris Serafini: It’s a great question. Really, any age. I adjusted my daughter when she was about 10 days old. A lot of people don’t quite understand what a pediatric adjustment is really like. It’s not how you would traditionally adjust an adult. It’s mostly just pressure. The spine, obviously, of infants and children are very delicate and you don’t really need a lot of force at all. It’s just really pressure. It’s not like a traditional adjustment where you’re using force. But we reference in chiropractic from the womb to the tomb, so really at any age.
Why would infants and small children need chiropractic care?
Dr. Chris Serafini: Well, there are a lot of traumatic processes, especially the birth process. As the infant is going through the birthing canal, believe it or not, that’s a very traumatic process. If you’ve ever seen it, you would kind of know. And then the lack of postural coordination. As you notice with infants, they don’t have the proper coordination muscles to hold their heads up so they kind of get that floppy kind of posture, head position, in their extremities. This can cause misalignments. And then, think about the awkward positions that they’re in. Think about the falls that they take. According to the research, by the time you’re the age of 13 you’ve had about a thousand traumas. So, when we look at children, when you really think about it, there’s lots of areas where they really could have possible misalignments and lots of issues.
What are some chronic pediatric conditions that upper cervical chiropractic can help with?
Dr. Chris Serafini: Very, very successful with ear infections or torticollis issues, colicky issues. Believe it or not, chiropractic is very well-known for being very successful in those.
Can upper cervical chiropractic care help treat asthma and allergy symptoms?
Dr. Chris Serafini: Yes, they can, but don’t just limit it to upper cervical. Working on the rest of the neck or upper thoracic, mid-thoracic, can also help with those conditions as well.
How can ongoing chiropractic care make kids stronger and healthier?
Dr. Chris Serafini: Well, like I stated before, there’s a lot of traumatic processes that kids go through that we kind of overlook and ultimately chiropractic is reducing their interference, realigning the structural bones of the body, thus allowing the body to function better.
If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Chris Serafini, visit www.thescottsdalechiropractor.com or call 480-443-7678 to schedule an appointment.