We are often asked if we check children at our practice, and the short answer is yes! At Marslen Chiropractic our chiropractors have extensive post-graduate training and experience in chiropractic paediatrics. Read on to find out some of the common things we look for in children.
Post-birth: our Chiropractor’s have extensive post-graduate training in chiropractic paediatrics and are trained to care for children at all ages. Chiropractic care for infants is very different to caring for adults. Our techniques are gentle and tailored for a babies’ specific needs. We assess specific reflexes and overall function, including important checks such as for developmental hip dysplasia.
6mo-4yo: as children are learning and developing, their brains, sensory and motor systems are going through massive changes, all important for normal growth! Spinal health may be affected by knocks, falls and bumps, including falls off the change table, hitting their head on corners, and trips down stairs. School aged: similar to younger children, once children enter school various activities and daily tasks can affect spinal health. Falls, knocks, bumps, excessive time sitting, poorly fitted or overly heavy backpacks can impact a child’s spine.
9-10yo: scoliosis checks are a regular part of assessing children, especially for girls just prior to puberty. This is the time when progression of spinal curve can accelerate, hence scoliosis needs to be identified and management put into place. Things to look out for include one hip higher than the other or one shoulder appearing hunched compared to the other.
Adolescents: presentations of headaches, back pain and some joint issues become more common as children get older. Time spent at desks studying, carrying heavy school bags and of course injuries from sports can impact spinal health.
We absolutely love caring for kids at our practice, and all of our chiropractors have done considerable post-graduate paediatric training. To book your child in for an initial assessment or a regular check-up, please call the practice. If you would like to discuss your child with one of our chiropractors and see if Chiropractic is right for them, please give us a call!