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Pediatric Chiropractor Colorado Springs

The Benefits of Pediatric Chiropractic

A lot of people wonder, “Why would I bring my child to a chiropractor?” From the moment they’re born, making their way out of a tiny birthing canal or being extracted via C-section, there is a likelihood of trauma to the spine. Even a natural delivery means twisting and pulling. Though necessary to get your baby out, it results in damage.

Since a baby can’t tell you when something is wrong, they may show symptoms that don’t reflect what you’d expect from someone in pain. That’s why we recommend an evaluation from early on in life.

Through the chiropractic adjustment, which involves the gentlest touch, a child’s brain and nervous system can communicate properly and the child can flourish.

Ensuring Proper Spinal Alignment

When the spinal column is in alignment, there is less interference with your body’s ability to heal and function. If we begin aligning the spine at a young age instead of waiting for a problem, your child has the best opportunity to experience abundant health.

Most of our pediatric patients are what we call “Well Babies.” This means they don’t have problems but still see us periodically to maintain their health. As your baby grows into a child, trauma occurs daily. It’s a good idea to have them reevaluated at least every month or two, ensuring their spine stays in good shape.

Common Childhood Conditions We See

Some of the most common pediatric issues we see include

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Birth trauma
  • Colic
  • Digestive issues
  • Ear infections
  • Reflux

What to Expect

The first thing we do is have a thorough consultation and discussion with the parents on the pregnancy to find out if there was excess stress in the mom’s life and any issues during the pregnancy. We dive into that first because that can be a factor. And then we discuss in detail the labor itself.

These days, the prevalence of C-sections, forceps and vacuum has gone up significantly. The use of those interventions can be very traumatic on a baby’s spine. So we find out about the labor itself and then we start to discuss how the baby is doing overall. Specifically, we ask how the baby is eating, feeding (is your baby nursing equally with both breasts), pooping and sleeping.

Visual checks

We will look at the following as part of the visual examination:

  • Is your infant tracking with sounds and movement?
  • Is any hypertonicity present where your baby looks very tight?
  • Are there any abnormalities such as torticollis where the neck is in severe contracture and pulling the ear down toward the shoulder?
  • Is Baby fussy and fidgety or uncomfortable at all?
  • How does the skin look?
  • Is there an even wear pattern on their skull?

Palpatory exam

We then do a very light palpatory exam where we feel the base of the skull, the upper cervical Atlas (C1) and the Axis (C2). We also check the sacrum and the hips and see if there is easy movement.

Rest assured that the adjustments we perform on infants are highly gentle. If you take your middle finger and push on your eyeball while it’s closed that’s the amount of force we use to adjust a baby.


Why should a child see a chiropractor?

A lot of kids these days are stuck in sympathetic overdrive, meaning fight or flight, which is causing a lot of different problems like digestive issues, anxiety and stress. Many children today suffer from headaches and other types of pain because their body is like a gas pedal that’s always being pushed. The chiropractic adjustment has been shown to switch their nervous system from sympathetic to parasympathetic, which is rest, digest and growth.

You can’t have the gas and the brakes going at the same time. It has to be one or the other. For many kids that gas is full down to the floor and the chiropractic adjustment flips that. So the brakes turn on and they can start to heal and grow as they should.

At what age should a child see a chiropractor?

We encourage you to bring your child in as soon after birth as possible. Children, however, can benefit from care at any age. At Freedom Chiropractic, we see kids of all ages from newborns and toddlers to school-aged children to teens.

Can chiropractic care help children with common issues like sleeping problems or bedwetting?

Yes! It’s important to note that we don’t adjust for a specific problem. Instead, we find the area of misalignment. We search for the cause, remove that interference and then let the body start to do its work.

How can chiropractic care help my child?

In many ways! We believe that it’s far better to get kids healthy and keep them healthy than try to fix sick adults. Children respond so quickly and favorably to chiropractic. Because chiropractic boosts the immune system, children under care tend to get sick less often and miss fewer days of school.

Questions? We’re here to help.


Pediatric Chiropractor Colorado Springs CO | (719) 533-0303