Many parents wonder if there are safe and effective alternative treatments for sick or hurt children. The answer is yes. Chiropractic care, massage therapy and acupressure therapy are highly safe, non-invasive and deliver the natural results that many parents seek for their kids’ health concerns.

In fact, more and more parents are bringing their children to chiropractors to treat common health concerns including colds, fevers, sore throats, ear infections, colic, reflux, asthma, bed wetting, tonsillitis, allergies, aches and pains, falls and stomach aches, as well as so many more issues that affect children as they grow into adulthood.


Just as parents take their kids to the pediatrician and dentist for regular health checks, parents should have their kids’ spines checked regularly by a chiropractor to make sure the nervous system is functioning at its optimal capacity, too. The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord and nerves that extend to all parts of the body, as well as all of the body’s organs. When a child gets sick or suffers an injury to the body, interference to the nervous system occurs, and then improper signals are sent to the muscles and organs.

As with all patients, pediatric care begins with a thorough history and examination. The pediatric spine is different than the adult spine in the ways of flexibility and bone formation, so chiropractic treatment for children involves gentle mobilization of the spine. This means the chiropractor will gently restore motion back to the spine using either an adjusting tool called an ACTIVATOR, or by the use of his or her hands.

When a child is adjusted, several things occur in his or her body. First, white blood cells are released due to the mechanism within the joint, which results in the child’s immune system getting stronger. As a result, the child tends to not get as sick as often. Second, endorphins are released, which helps with healing the nervous system and body.


As a mother, I have chosen to use chiropractic care to treat my daughter, Cody, since she was just a baby. Now, at age 12, when Cody experiences a strained muscle from riding a roller coaster, a headache, a cold or a twisted ankle, or anything else she will battle as she grows into adulthood, she will be adjusted for the rest of her life to help her maintain her health without the use of antibiotics, pain medications or anti-inflammatory medications. As such, Cody has been educated to read signals from her body, and knows when it’s time for an adjustment.

Chiropractic care has taught Cody to listen to her body as she grows and turns into a young lady. As a chiropractor and owner of OceanBreeze Family Chiropractic & Acupuncture, I treat all my child patients as I do Cody.

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