Little Kids & Big Kids

More and more parents are bringing their kids to chiropractors, and for good reason.

Regardless of the size or age of your spine, stress on your spine affects the nervous system it surrounds and protects and causes problems wherever those nerves go – whether that be muscles, or ears, or tummies.

Though a child usually hasn’t had years of physical, chemical and emotional stress accumulating, they have gone through the birth process – and if you’ve seen one, then you know that’s a heck of a thing to experience. Just imagine fitting through a 10 centimeter hole and someone on the other side pulling you out by your little head! C-sections put even more pressure on their little necks.

Then add in tumbles as you learn to crawl, walk and run, poor posture while on devices, heavy backpacks, and the overwhelming amount of stress kids are under these days. All of this and more results in stress on your child’s nervous system that will likely show up as headaches, neck pain and back pain years down the road, but right now looks more like immune, digestive, sensory, and behavioral challenges.

It’s critical to a child’s optimal growth and development to find these imbalances and get them corrected while they are young instead of being faced with issues when they are older. It’s a privilege to be trusted with your most valuable possession! It’s an honor we at Barto Family Chiropractic take seriously and devote countless hours to ensuring we provide the best care to your children.

How Do Pittsburgh Infants, Toddlers, And Young Kids Benefit From Chiropractic Care?

There are plenty of benefits a pediatric chiropractor can provide for children. In fact, children actually respond better to chiropractic care because many health problems are best corrected during the early stages of their development. Many studies also point out spinal misalignments are just as likely to develop in children as they are in adults. Dr. Barto specializes in care for infants, toddlers, and children of all ages. Her gentle, low-force adjusting technique can be modified to fit patients of all sizes.

Care by a pediatric chiropractor can provide children with:

  • Increased immune function
  • Decreased need for antibiotics
  • Easier and faster injury recovery
  • Better physical performance
  • Improved posture
  • Improved school performance
  • Increased focus and attention

It’s very possible that the first subluxation (spinal misalignment) you ever experienced was at birth, as the birth process puts a great amount of strain on infants’ spines (even with natural methods of childbirth). An infant’s spine, particularly the neck, can easily be contorted during the pushing stage of labor. This leads to misalignment of the small bones of the spine, putting pressure on nerves and resulting in the loss of communication between the brain and spinal cord and the rest of the body. Use of suction or forceps only compound the problem. Breech births put children at unique risk for developing neck problems depending upon the presentation and difficulty of labor.

Even if the newborn’s spine is uninjured by the birthing process, the inevitable tumbles and falls of early childhood increase the risk of injury to the spine, potentially compromising nervous system function.

If left uncorrected, these misalignments can develop into serious health problems, including chronic inner ear infections, respiratory disorders, digestive dysfunction, poor sleeping habits, colic, decreased immunity, poor appetite and other problems.

Top 10 Reasons Kids See Chiropractors

1. Earaches/Ear Infections
2. Back Pain
3. Digestive Disorders
4. Tension Headaches
5. Upper Respiratory Infections
6. Neck Pain
7. Infantile Colic
8. Asthma
9. Enuresis (Bed Wetting)
10. Allergies