Pediatric chiropractic differs from the chiropractic care adults are accustomed to. Children have the same joints we do, they are just not fully formed and more cartilaginous. Thus, the adjustments are much lighter in force and many times resemble a massage to the parent in our youngest patients.
For young babies, the most common complaints are colic, sleep issues, and trouble nursing. The goal of treatment is to restore motion to the joints and balance the tissues. This allows the body to develop without asymmetries and compensatory behaviors. In addition, we check for oral tethers and refer to multiple practitioners for treatment if warranted. Oral tethers refer to the tongue and/or lip tied down and interfering with nursing, feeding, or speech. We also work with the child post-treatment to gently release the soft tissue tension surrounding the mouth and jaw region.