Why you might see our kids' chiropractors

It is well known in the general public, and even commentated on in the media, that qualified paediatric or kids chiropractors see infants and children for common complaints like colic and ear infections, which can raise many questions.

Parents often wonder how and why The IN8 Life’s Geelong West chiropractors might be able to help, and why some people swear by chiropractic for their most precious children and others might be scared of the thought.

The first important thing to understand is that what we do with adults is vastly different from what we do with children. Our techniques are incredibly gentle and tailored to your child’s specific needs.

Children under chiropractic care do not have years and years of stress build-up, injuries and repetitive habits, so usually understanding and working with them is a lot more straightforward and results are often instantaneous and very easy to see.

The reason we see children does not differ from the reason we see adults, but the approach we use does. The reason we see anybody in our Geelong West chiropractic studio is to ensure that their body and the nervous system that controls every cell, tissue and organ, is functioning optimally. The nervous system controls everything, so if there is a reason why it isn’t working perfectly, literally any symptom may show up as a result, either directly or indirectly.

As with adults, what The IN8 Life’s Geelong West chiropractors will focus on with children is to really understand why symptoms may be present and get to the cause.

We do not treat any conditions, rather we optimise the function of the nervous system and body, gently and naturally, to give your child the best chance of healing and expressing his or her potential.

As human beings we are incredibly adaptable to the stress in our environment, but we all have limitations. Stress comes in three forms, physical (accidents, injuries, repetitive postures, intense exercise etc), chemical (what we eat, breathe, take or contact), or emotional (how we interpret and respond to the world around us). The reason we see infants and children is because these stresses are present from in utero and can begin to affect our health at a very young age. We know that it is easier to grow healthy children than it is to repair broken adults so our approach is both a natural alternative and a preventative, proactive way of supporting healthy development.

The following lists the most common reasons why an infant or child may have surpassed their adaptive threshold to stress, and may be expressing symptoms. If your child has experienced any of the following then we might be able to help guide your care:

  • Constraint in the uterus, causing a breach pregnancy or traumatic birth
  • The birth process was assisted with forceps or vacuum extraction or pulling on the head or neck
  • Caesarean section
  • Baby was accidentally dropped
  • Physical abuse
  • Large falls on to head or neck
  • Repetitive posture from specific sports (eg. tennis) creating muscle imbalance
  • Lack of oxygen at birth, resulting in cerebral palsy
  • Toxic overload from poison, poor nutrition or medication
  • Emotional trauma

These may give rise to any of the following symptoms or conditions:

  • Hips that click or uneven fat folds on the legs (hip dysplasia)
  • Concentration or behavioural disruption
  • Difficulty breastfeeding/feeding
  • Head turns better in one direction
  • Favours one arm or leg
  • Excessive crying
  • Uneven head shape
  • Bed wetting
  • Colic or gastric reflux
  • Repetitive ear infections or sickness
  • Headaches
  • Visual problems, including strabismus or turned eye.

A total health evaluation from our Geelong West kids chiropractor will allow us to honestly tell you whether we think chiropractic care may help your child, or guide you in the right direction.