Chiropractic Pediatric Treatment

Babies incur their first trauma during the birth process.  Both normal delivery and C-section delivery impart trauma to the child.  The joints of the spine and extremities are particularly vulnerable.

Erb's Palsy is a stretch injury to the brachial plexus (nerve bundle) between the neck and shoulder that damages local nerves.   This injury can occur during the normal delivery of the baby. The damage can be temporary or permanent.  Pediatric chiropractic or pediatric  physical therapy may be required.

Erb’s Palsy is a stretch injury to the brachial plexus (nerve bundle) between the neck and shoulder that damages local nerves. This injury can occur during normal delivery of the baby. The damage can be temporary or permanent. Pediatric chiropractic or pediatric physical therapy may be required to reduce the pain and improve the motor function (movement) of the baby’s arm.  This is just one example of birth trauma.

Even mild trauma has consequences.  Mild trauma can evoke reflexes in the child that can lead to vague symptoms, illnesses and problems such as constipation, problems turning the head, allergies, respiratory infections, motor development problems (problems turning over, crawling, standing, walking, etc.), colic, asthma, sensory integration issues and even failure to thrive.  Pediatric chiropractic  offers a complementary and alternative approach with evaluation and treatment techniques tailored toward children.

Dr. Marie evaluated the baby prior to the treatment observed in the video.  Her methods included watching the child for a 15 minute period to gauge interaction with the mother, interaction with the environment, checking for color changes, vascular abnormalities and looking for abnormal neurological findings.  The second part of the evaluation process involves physical exam components including using her hands to palpate (ascertain) tissue tone, texture and temperature.  The third part of the evaluation is a joint play analysis where the spinal and extremity joints are challenged with extremely light force to check for restriction.

The goal of pediatric treatment in a baby is: 1). Prevent the above listed symptoms and conditions and 2). Reduce or eliminate symptoms/conditions should they develop.  The pediatric treatments in the video that were featured included myofascial release and extremely light force adjustments/manipulations to the upper neck, mid back and pelvis.  The net result of these treatments for this baby was relaxation from an agitated state which may not be evident on the video.

If you are scratching your head right now, thinking “I didn’t see any twisting, cracking or popping” and that an adjustment/manipulation was not done on a child, then watch the video again because you are right.  The techniques and force used on children are completely different than that used on adults.  Pediatric chiropractic has the same goals as treatment of an adult; however, the methods of treatment, force and techniques are modified.  Myofascial release and adjustments/manipulations were performed on the baby in the video, although you didn’t recognize it because the treatment was modified.

Dr. Marie Tholl-Pappas, DC has a niche in assessment and treatment of children including children just hours old (like the one in the video).  She enjoys educating new mothers about the benefits of chiropractic pediatric treatment.  She enjoys interacting with her smallest and most precious patients.  Additional conservative, integrative, complementary and alternative treatments are offered in her office including pediatric assessment, light pediatric rehab, food allergy testing, food sensitivity testing, and nutritional strategies for children.  Dr. Marie can be reached at 708-532-CFIM (2346) to schedule an appointment for your child or to get more information.

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2 Responses to “Chiropractic Pediatrics: We Treat Even The Smallest or Youngest”

  1. Giovana says:

    Wow, there’s even chiropractic care for children and babies. It is important that you know about potential issues that even babies can have. Thanks for the informative post. http://prongersmith.com

    • Dino Pappas says:

      Yes, there is care for children and babies. All care is modified to the child. Also key in this process is educating the parent on what the condition is, how to self treat and what to do to prevent or avoid the condition from coming back.

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