If you are looking for a Pediatric Chiropractor in, Greenfield, WI, Dr. Hruby can help!
Many adults see a chiropractor to improve their general health and to prevent pain, but did you know that chiropractic care is great for kids, too?
Dr. Rick Hruby sees many children in his Greenfield office, and the scientific literature backs up what we see every day: Chiropractic is safe and effective for keeping your kids healthy.
Children’s joints aren’t fully formed yet, but they have all the same joints as adults.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, and as we would assume, the nature of the complaint is different than when treating adults. Older children (middle schoolers and teens) may come in with musculoskeletal complaints that resemble those of young adults, especially if they are involved in athletics. But younger children (toddlers and infants) don’t usually arrive at the pediatric chiropractor’s office complaining that they threw their back out after lifting a really heavy doll or truck.
A child’s spine will generally respond much faster than an adult’s spine to chiropractic adjustment, and will often require only a few adjustments to restore normal function. The actual number of adjustments will vary depending on many factors such as the length of time the problem has been present.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, for young babies, the most common complaints are colic, sleep issues and nursing dysfunction and we also frequently see plagiocephaly and torticollis.
“Even in utero, if there was any sort of intrauterine constraint, the baby can get stuck in one position, potentially for several months,” says Dr. Watters. “Wouldn’t you be hurting if you’d been in one position for two months? From day one, they can have directional preferences, possibly due to shortened tissues during growth. The goal of treatment is to restore motion to the joints and balance the tissues to keep everything as biomechanically even as possible. Taking the tension off from day one can help allow for optimal growth and development.”
With respect to nursing dysfunction, Dr. Hewitt says, “Every baby is born with an instinctive ability to suck. If the baby can’t latch on properly, there may be a communication problem between the brain and the elements of the suck-swallow reflex. I just get the joints moving again, clearing out the irritation of the central nervous system, which opens communication pathways that let the tongue and throat muscles work properly.”
In a study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) in 2009, Miller et al. reported on a clinical case series of 114 patients with “sub-optimal infant breast-feeding” at ages 12 weeks and younger.1 The babies had all been seen by multiple practitioners, including midwives, pediatricians, lactation consultants and others, as well as the doctor of chiropractic for their feeding issues. Of the 114 babies in the case series, 89 (78%) were exclusively breast-fed after four chiropractic treatments.
Chronic Ear Infections
For slightly older children, one of the most common reasons to visit the chiropractor is a chronic ear infection.
How does chiropractic care improve chronic ear infections?
Dr. Brocker explains the process this way, “Fluid is getting trapped in the middle ear cavity, creating a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. Medically, you’d use an antibiotic to kill the bacteria, but that doesn’t do anything about the fluid buildup. We’re asking, why is the fluid trapped? If the muscles surrounding the Eustachian tubes are spasming, that can close down the tube’s opening and not allow the fluid to drain. Our goal is to stop those muscles from spasming.”
Quality of Life
Some say a pediatric chiropractor has a positive effect on larger childhood developmental disorders and syndromes like cerebral palsy, ADHD, autism, post-stroke, Down syndrome and so on. Obviously, no one could ever claim to “cure” a child with those conditions. Pediatric chiropractors can make some changes that allow children to lead a more comfortable life. You can improve their quality of life by keeping their system moving and thus allowing their nervous system to work optimally, and therefore their bodies can reach it’s fullest potential.
Studies show that a pediatric chiropractor’s adjustments can help with:
What are some of the benefits of seeing a pediatric chiropractor?
- Behavior and attitude (ADHA).
- Immune system function.
- Other conditions, including colic, ear infections, bed-wetting, digestive problems, allergies, asthma, seizures, and more.
Some Common Questions About Pediatric Chiropractic Care:
Do kids need to see a pediatric chiropractor?
Children are always moving and growing, putting stress on their spine. Many of the pains and aches we feel as adults are not the result of one occurrence but a series of “micro-traumas” over time. Getting adjusted from an early age can minimize or even eliminate any effect that bumps and falls can have on our spinal joints.
Is it safe for children and babies to have a chiropractic adjustment?
It is very reliable because we use very gentle adjustments and different techniques than you’re accustomed to as an adult.
How do parents know their children need to see a pediatric chiropractor?
It might be your baby, toddler, or school-age child — if you see restricted neck movements, postural changes such as a high shoulder or hip, digestive issues, and difficulty breastfeeding, this is a sign they need to visit a chiropractor.
The best chiropractic care we’ve had. An important part of our kids athletic regime and keeping them functioning properly. He doesn’t just crack your back and neck. He also works on flexibility and range of motion.