“Chiropractic care for my child? Why? His back doesn’t bother him.”

How often chiropractors have encountered parents who appreciate the importance of regular checkups for their child’s teeth, hearing, eyes, ears, throat, but draw a blank when it comes to a spinal checkup.

A spinal checkup could be one of the most important check ups your child will ever have!

The nervous system (consisting of your brain, spinal cord and nerves) is the master controller of our body and if its communication channels become fuzzy, distorted or damaged then we experience all sorts of communication errors.

For babies and children, this ineffective communication may play out as:

  • Irritability
  • An inability to suckle and breastfeed
  • Poor sleep
  • Developmental delays
  • Digestion issues
  • Poor posture
  • Behavioural problems
  • Low energy
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Headaches, etc – the list is endless

In fact, regardless of what the end result or symptom may be, all roads to ‘optimal health’ lead back to the body’s ability to self-regulate and function at a peak level through the nervous system.

While chiropractic may be able to help with a number of health issues, our focus is not treating or curing ailments; our focus is ensuring the nervous system has every opportunity to work efficiently and effectively.

“How do little kids get nerve irritation?”

Childhood is a very “physical” time for all of us. Jumping and running, falls and accidents are all part of a normal childhood and yet those everyday falls, along with a busy lifestyle, poor posture from using mobile devices, carrying heavy rucksacks, poor nutrition and stresses throughout the body throw it out of balance, resulting in subluxations (mis-alignments of the spine) and stops the nervous system working the best it can.

Subluxations or nerve irritation may also occur from birth complications such as long labours, very fast labours, or forceps or cesarean delivery.


When we appreciate how the nervous system may be hindered and impaired it makes sense why more parents are having their child’s spine and nervous system assessed. Because children may have subluxations and not know it, all children could benefit from having  periodic chiropractic check ups. Babies and kids can be checked by chiropractors very soon after birth and special techniques have been developed to carefully correct any subluxated areas.

The adjustment for newborns requires only the lightest pressure with a fingertip most of the time & many fall asleep or remain asleep during the adjustment as their bodies relax & the interference is removed.