What is pediatric chiropractor?
Studies have shown that pediatric chiropractic care can help with childhood health challenges such as ear infections, bed wetting, colic, digestive discomfort, etc. As a Pediatric Chiropractor, Dr. Hancock uses gentle and specific techniques that are comfortable for children of all ages from infancy to adolescence. She has garnered advanced training through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and other leaders in the pediatric chiropractic field and is dedicated to staying current with research and training. Her Advanced Proficiency rating in Activator Methods, or instrument adjusting, ensures she delivers consistent and gentle adjustments to children of all ages.
How does a pediatric chiropractor help my child?
Everything we do from big motions like jumping to tiny motions in the cells is controlled by the brain and nervous system. Protecting our nervous system is our spine, and when it is not moving properly, the signal to from the brain to the rest of the body can be interrupted. Adults who have experienced symptoms like sciatica can attest that a bone or muscle in the wrong place and doing the wrong thing can result in severe pain down the leg! In children, this severe of symptoms is not as common. What is common are more subtle complaints like "my head hurts" or "my stomach doesn't feel good". The spine not moving properly can even affect a child's bladder control and contribute to bed wetting. Seeing a pediatric chiropractor can help resolve these issues and ensure your child's brain is fully communicating with the rest of his or her body.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are always questions about taking your child to a new doctor, whether she be a pediatrician or pediatric chiropractor. Here are some commonly asked questions about pediatric chiropractic.
Does my child need to see a pediatric chiropractor?
Children are susceptible to trauma throughout their young life. They jump, tumble, and fall numerous times a day sometimes! This impact can cause the muscles and bones to not move properly. While the actual symptom of "pain" might take longer to manifest, the quieter symptoms of decreased nerve function are happening.
When should I see a pediatric chiropractor?
Children can be checked as early as right after birth! The birth process can be stressful or even traumatic for the baby. Regardless of how "natural" the process might have been, it can still result in spinal sprains that can have a lasting effect on your children's life. Studies have shown that many children with common symptoms like colic, asthma, and ear infections have bones not properly moving that is causing stress to the nervous system. Detecting the cause early and correcting it means less long-term effects and less symptoms for your child.
Does it hurt to get adjusted?
Pediatric chiropractors are specially trained doctors many of whom have received post-doctoral training in pediatric care and techniques. Techniques are gentle and specific to children and sometimes simply involve gentle pressure in a certain direction to correct the incorrect motion in the joint.
For more information, ask your pediatric chiropractor for a complimentary consultation to see if your child could benefit from chiropractic care.