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Pediatric Chiropractic In Shrewsbury

smiling children looking downYou may wonder why an infant needs to be adjusted. For starters, there’s a lot of force behind delivering. So whether the birth was vaginal or cesarean, there is still twisting and pulling involved. Plus, when the baby is in the womb for nine or 10 months in such a confined area, they can have misalignments. In fact, 95% of infants have misalignments in their upper neck or in their low back just from delivery.

Then once they start walking, little ones often bump their head or fall frequently (up to 30-40 times a day!) while learning to walk. Those falls can create repetitive misalignments of the pelvis and lower extremities, but chiropractic can address those.

Our Pediatric Chiropractor

Dr. Jaclyn possesses considerable expertise and experience in caring for children. She achieved Certification by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics (CACCP). She is also certified in perinatal chiropractic care through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA).

How Do You Adjust a Baby?

Rest assured that infant adjustments require very little force. It’s the amount of pressure you’d put on your eyelid with your eye closed or pressing a ripe tomato. And there’s no popping or cracking. Pediatric adjustments use more tonal approaches. Many babies actually fall asleep during their adjustments, because they are so relaxing.

Addressing Common Childhood Conditions

Here are some pediatric issues chiropractic can address:

  • Latching
  • Tongue ties and lip ties
  • Torticollis
  • Sleep issues
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Constipation
  • Speech delays
  • Scoliosis

Chiropractic allows your brain to communicate better with your body and your body to communicate better with your brain. So your brain sends messages down your spinal cord, which is located in your spine, and then the spinal cord sends messages out to your nerves, which go to every organ, muscle and cell of your body. When there’s no interference in the nervous system, your child can experience better health.

At inBalance Chiropractic and Wellness, we always strive to ensure that kids feel comfortable. One of the ways we do that is by inviting them to bring a stuffed animal or favorite toy, and we also show them what we will do. Parents can also bring them in for a meet and greet, which would be scheduled like a consultation. This gives kids the opportunity to see the office and meet everyone, and see for themselves that it’s a friendly place to be. One of the ways we make visits fun is by giving kids stickers and coloring books (for those who are old enough to color).

One of our littlest patients is a baby who had trouble latching. He had tongue and lip ties and was always arching his back. He’d go into extension and form like an arch. The baby was so restless and couldn’t sleep well.

He also wasn’t gaining weight, because he wasn’t able to feed. Within a short period of being under chiropractic care, he went from being a baby so uncomfortable, crying, miserable and arching his back to a baby that gained weight and could lie on his back without arching.

Frequently Asked Questions

How soon can I bring my infant in for care?

Babies can be checked as soon as they’re delivered! Whenever you get discharged from the hospital, you can bring your newborn in.

Will you offer a phone consult before I bring my child in?

Yes, for example, if a mom is nervous about what their child can expect, Dr. Jaclyn is happy to talk to them.

How is pediatric care different at inBalance Chiropractic and Wellness?

We do muscle testing in our office, which sets us apart. We can muscle test different formulas or foods to see if there’s anything that’s maybe causing a baby’s GI distress. If you’re wondering if your infant’s formula or other food is causing digestive distress, you can bring it in.

For moms who are breastfeeding, we have them eliminate whatever it might be that’s causing an issue. For example, if it’s soy from their diet, they may want to cut it out of their diet so it doesn’t get through to the breast milk. Eliminating problematic foods can help improve a baby’s constipation or mood, for example. This approach is helpful for parents, as they don’t have to do the guessing game or elimination diet, which takes time.

Schedule an Appointment

We want to help your little one enjoy optimal health at every stage! Contact us today to book an appointment.


Pediatric Chiropractic Shrewsbury, Worcester, Westborough MA | (508) 425-3304