As parents themselves, Pediatric Chiropractors Dr. Katie Sleigh and Dr. Quintin Sleigh use a gentle, nurturing approach to keep your child's spine healthy and treat other “normal” childhood conditions, such as allergies, asthma, ear infections, colic, digestive problems and more. Additionally, Dr. Katie Sleigh is certified in pediatric chiropractic care.
In fact, the entire staff at Sleigh Family Chiropractic care for and enjoy children. We even include a play area with toys and other activities for babies, toddlers, and young children.
You might be surprised to learn that we care for infants and children of all ages. We love watching the kids in our care grow and thrive, and our gentle, nurturing approach puts our littlest patients at ease.
Chiropractic for kids is becoming more commonplace as ongoing research proves it safe and effective. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there were around 30 million pediatric visits to chiropractors in 2000. By 2009, that number had doubled to more than 68 million. More parents than ever are seeing the value of natural treatments for their kids.
Families are overjoyed when a newborn is safely delivered. In all the excitement, few parents consider what the poor baby has been through. From development in the womb to the birthing process, the spine is exposed to a fair amount of stress.
Even natural Childbirth can be a very traumatic event. It’s not unusual for babies to be born with cuts or bruises, and that’s just the damage we can see on the outside. Imagine the condition of the baby’s delicate spine and nervous system inside! The amount of force used in delivery can potentially cause nerve and spinal injuries.
Kids, especially when learning to walk, fall and jar their spines on a daily basis. They are not called toddlers for nothing. According to one study published by the National Institutes of Health, 12- to 19-month-olds average around 2,370 steps per hour and fall 17 times.
Parents hold their breath after each tumble, but most times, kids bounce right up and carry on.
Still, when you consider how long it takes before they remain mostly upright, you get a better feel for how much abuse their spines and joints have taken — and that’s long before they’ve ever fallen off a bike, wiped out on a skateboard or donned a football helmet. Backpacks alone cause significant wear and tear.
Spinal injuries in infancy and childhood have decades to develop into serious problems in adulthood. We hope to prevent them by giving the spinal joints and muscles the attention they deserve at as young an age as possible. The sooner issues are discovered, the easier they are to resolve.
There’s much more to pediatric care than treating pain and injury. We address the nervous system function.
You could think of the nervous system as your body’s electrical wiring. Nerves and highly specialized cells send signals back and forth throughout the body. The nervous system controls and coordinates every last muscle, organ, tissue and tiny cell.
The nervous system can’t function properly when problems in the spine irritate or interfere. Improving movement in the joints, then, should clear up nerve irritation and open pathways of communication.
For example, some studies suggest that chiropractic may help with nursing dysfunction. All babies instinctively know how to suck at birth, but many seem unable to get the hang of it and latch on. The problem might be a communication breakdown in the nervous system rather than a problem with the suck-and-swallow reflex.
In 2009, nursing dysfunction was studied in 114 babies who received care from chiropractors and other practitioners like pediatricians, lactation specialists and midwives. Eighty-nine of the infants, or 78%, could exclusively breastfeed after four chiropractic sessions. That suggests that maintaining the spine allows the nervous system to do its job.
If that’s true, then a pediatric chiropractor might also be able to help with common childhood issues like these:
No pediatric chiropractor can claim to “cure” these conditions, but many parents report marked improvement in their little ones after treatment.
This kind of care might also improve quality of life for kids with conditions like cerebral palsy, Down syndrome or autism. The idea is to keep everything moving and functioning properly so that the nervous system can reach its fullest potential. Then, the children are more relaxed and comfortable in their bodies.
In a recent study of 881 children ages 8 to 17, kids receiving chiropractic care were less likely to report symptoms of depression, anxiety, fatigue or pain interference. Researchers concluded that chiropractic had improved quality of life for those participants.
Children have the same joints that adults do, of course, but their joints have a long way to go before they’re fully formed. They could be described as cartilaginous rather than bony.
That’s why chiropractors must be well-studied and extensively trained to treat children. The adjustment technique is completely different from that used with adults. Contacts are smaller. Thrusts are shallower. Significantly less force is used. In fact, the amount of force is about the same amount you could exert on your eyelid with a fingertip before you became uncomfortable.
Both Drs. Quintin and Katie Sleigh understand that some parents may be apprehensive about taking their infant or child for chiropractic care. Additionally, Dr. Katie Sleigh has completed a certification in pediatric chiropractic through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.
Infant and pediatric chiropractic care are extremely safe for most kids. The amount of force used is about the weight of a fingertip or the amount of pressure you would feel comfortable putting on your eyeball. Our pediatric chiropractors always demonstrate the pressure of an adjustment both to the child (if age appropriate) and the parent prior to adjusting children. Parents are generally amazed at how little pressure is needed to correct problems.
Our doctors have a special place in their hearts for children and are committed to giving them the best possible start in life.
If you’re a parent or are expecting a new arrival, ask about pediatric chiropractic care. The doctors are happy to explain the process and answer questions without making you feel pressured.
If you searched “pediatric chiropractor near me,” we’re glad you found us and hope you reach out to us soon.
We invite you to come visit us and experience a different path to reach your family’s health goals.