Chiropractic care for infants and young children is very gentle. Often only finger pressure is used to gently massage or guide the tight joints and muscles of the spine to relax and relieve pressure. There is NEVER any “cracking” or twisting of the spine. Sometimes a small device called an activator is used. An activator is a hand-held adjustment tool that can be used to deliver a lighter and gentler adjustment. The activator instrument controls the force and speed of the adjustment. Babies and children usually enjoy their adjustment and many babies actually sleep through it.
A question we are often asked as Chiropractors is; “Why would a baby need to see a Chiro? ” Issues with your little ones spine can begin as early as birth. If the birth process was prolonged, required the use of forceps, vacuum extraction or was a caesarean section your baby ’s spine may have been put under extra strain . Even a natural birth with no intervention can apply forces to your baby that may alter the way they can move their head and body. These issues may lead to many of the problems often encountered with babies such as difficulty latching onto the breast, problems with head and neck control, strength and movement, colic or reflux, constipation and sleep issues. As well as reasons for delays in reaching common milestones such as rolling, sitting, crawling, standing and walking.
All of our Chiropractors undergo at least 5 years of university training as well as additional professional development courses each year to ensure you are receiving quality care. Of particular interest to Dr Annette is the study of paediatric care. Dr Annette uses gentle, safe and effective techniques to help your children with issues such as: Poor neck control Breastfeeding issues Tummy time discomfort Irregular head shape Colic and Reflux Delays in meeting milestones Retained Primitive Reflexes Posture advice Ankle, Knee and Hip pain Headaches Back and Neck Pain/Stiffness Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist pain