Pediatric Chiropractic Care

What I have seen improve or resolve in my pediatric patients after receiving an adjustment:

  • Allergies
  • Bed Wetting
  • Breathing Problems and Asthma
  • Colic
  • Ear Infections
  • Gastric Problems and Constipation

Pediatric Adjusting styles

Toddlers enjoy the Webster Toggle Piece that I wear around my neck. I place the side of their head up against the toggle piece and apply light pressure to the vertebrae and the head piece gives allowing a gentle force to go into the vertebrae. Unlike visits at conventional doctors’ offices, getting adjusted is fun.

Frequently asked questions about chiropractic pediatrics

Adjusting with the Webster toggle piece

1) When is it best to have children check by a chiropractor?

The best time for a pediatric wellness spinal check is right after birth, but no time is too late. For many children the first physical challenge for their spines is in the birthing process. Intervention at delivery, with the intention of assisting with birth, often does just the opposite and creates instabilities in the spine and pelvis.

2) Why have children’s spines checked for misaligned vertebrae?

Vertebrae in infants and children are made of cartilage and are flexible. Although they are designed to protect the spinal cord and nerves, birthing procedures, slips and falls and later in childhood sports can cause vertebrae to irritate nerves. In has been found that something as light as a fly landing on the nerve root will alter the transmission of the electrical messages from the brain. The body grows and heals with good communication from the brain to all organs.

Dr Horner adjusting an infant

3)  How often should children have their spines checked?

It varies on the child. Some children have wellness spinal checks twice a month, others four times a year. In my office I offer a reduced rate for my pediatric patients in March, June, September and December. I usually see 25 or more infants and children on those months.