Why Would My Child Need Body Work?
An infant or child can have muscle, joint or nerve discomfort just as experienced by adults. However, infants and young children cannot vocalize their discomfort as well. Infants and children often adapt quickly and learn that if something is causing them pain or discomfort then to not do it, such as looking only in one direction or crawling a certain way. A baby might also seem colicky due to discomfort. Here are few of the more common reasons why a parent would seek out body work for their child:
- Pre and post frenectomy body work
- Difficulty with nursing or bottle feeding
- Favoring one breast over the other
- Favoring looking in one direction
- Consistent head tilt when lying down or when in the car seat
- Does not like the car seat
- Having difficulty holding up their head during tummy time / does not like tummy time
- Having trouble meeting milestones: rolling, sitting, crawling, walking
- Digestive issues, including constipation
- Flat head syndrome / Plagiocephaly
- Ear Infections
- Asymmetrical movements patterns.
What Causes Muscle, Joint or Nerve Discomfort In Children?
Several factors can contribute to why your child may be experiencing muscle, joint or nerve issues. A few common reasons are:
- Position of baby in utero
- Mom had a difficult or long birth
- Birth interventions were used such as forceps or vacuum
- Child has experienced bumps or falls
- Child has tethered oral tissues (lip, tongue and/or cheek ties)
What is Dr. Kara’s Approach?
Dr. Kara is committed to supporting you and your child in achieving optimal health. Children truly get the best care when multiple health care providers work together and collaborate to resolve your child’s health concerns.
What Will My Child’s First Appointment Look Like?
During your child’s initial appointment, a thorough history and physical examination will be performed to identify any areas of tension or restriction that may be contributing to your child’s health concern. A physical exam consists of Dr. Kara checking inside baby’s mouth for oral restrictions (tongue, lip and cheek ties), assessing tongue function, checking for torticollis and flat spots on the head, ensuring baby is meeting milestones, as well checking the upper and lower body for any tension and restriction. Dr. Kara will then discuss her exam findings with you and the treatment options available. Dr. Kara ensures that you and your child are comfortable before and during each and every treatment.
What Does Treatment Look Like?
Chiropractic treatment for an infant or child is very different from treating an adult. Dr. Kara uses both sustained pressure and light massage techniques (no more than the pressure you would put on your own eyelid) to achieve the desired results. There are no loud cracks or clicks during treatment. She also uses a combination of stretches and strengthening exercises to achieve desired results. You will also be shown exercises to do at home to help your child with their condition.
How Many Treatments Will My Child Need?
Babies and children respond very well to chiropractic care. Their bodies are changing so quickly and therefore treatments are usually well received. However, every child has a unique set of needs and a thorough examination will need to be performed to determine an appropriate care plan to reach your goals.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Infants and Kids?
Chiropractic care is both safe and effective for infants and young children. It is important to choose a practitioner who has a focus and additional training in treating this population. Dr. Kara has taken numerous pediatric courses to ensure that she can provide the highest quality of care to your child.