Children & Chiropractic

Children & Chiropractic

As chiropractors we are confident that your child can live a healthy and abundant life. The purpose of chiropractic care is not the treatment of conditions or diseases, rather it is the restoration of normal body function. We reduce stress related interference to the nervous system (subluxations), thereby enhancing all over body function. The nervous system controls and coordinates the function of all the systems in the body: muscular, glandular, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, eliminatory, hormonal and immunological. When a chiropractor frees the nervous system from spinal stress, the healing power of the body is unleashed, the immune system functions more efficiently, resistance to disease increases, your child’s body functions more efficiently and expresses a greater state of health and well-being.Subluxations occur as a part of normal daily life. They may result from physical, chemical and/or emotional stressors such as: bad posture, sleeping on our stomach, falls, poor food choices, dehydration, exposures to chemicals and toxins, stress and anxiety.

A common overlooked cause of subluxation is the devastating effect of birth on the spine. A child’s health and the health of their spine are intimately related. In-utero constraint, breech, transverse, facial presentation and brow presentation during delivery can cause subluxations. It must also be understood that normal, natural unassisted births place extraordinary biomechanical stress upon the fetal spine and are a cause of subluxation. As the child grows, subluxation progressively interferes with the proper body function limiting their ability to express optimum health.

Before weight bearing the child’s spine is most adaptable to correction. In place of healthy spinal development, adaptation to the subluxation is the result. As the infant grows, learning to hold up the head, sit, crawl and walk are all activities that affect spinal alignment and are important times to have a child checked by a chiropractor. As the child begins to participate in regular childhood activities, like running or riding a bike, small yet significant spinal misalignments, subluxations, may occur. If neglected, the injuries during this period of rapid growth may lead to more serious problems later in life. Subtle trauma throughout childhood will affect the future development of the spine leading to impaired nervous system function. Any interference to the vital nerve system will adversely affect the body’s ability to function at its best.

Signs that a child may need to be evaluated by a chiropractor include:

• Difficulty latching and nursing both sides while breast feeding
• Persistent head tilt or rotation
• Colic/Reflux
• Arching back
• Frequently spitting up/reflux
• Constipation
• Diarrhea
• Excessive gas/bloating
• Ear infections
• Scoliosis

There are many reasons that parents take their children to see a chiropractor, here are some of the most common

• To encourage good neural plasticity (brain and nerve development)
• To support their child’s overall health and wellbeing
• To help strengthen their child’s immunity and potentially reduce the incidence of colds, earaches and general illness
• To assist with colic and irritable baby syndrome
• To help with asthma, breathing difficulties and allergies
• To encourage good spinal posture
• To help improve their child’s ability to concentrate
• To assist with behavioral disorders
• To help alleviate digestive problems
• To assist with bed-wetting and sleep issues
• To help in the treatment of ADHD, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorders
• To help with seizures
• To decrease symptoms of TMJ, menstrual cramps and headaches
• To help treat infants with torticollis and plagiocephaly (flat/misshapen head)

Parents are hesitant to merely mask symptoms with drugs and are worried about side effects. Their desire to achieve a state of true health, has led parents to seek health care options which support their children’s own natural ability to be healthy. Chiropractic care is one such option. All children function better with 100% nerve function. All children deserve the right to express their fullest potential. Chiropractic care for children is safe, gentle and effective. It allows for the opportunity for maximum potential for well-being. Chiropractors specializing in children use very specific, gentle techniques to care for children. When adjusting infants, the adjustment is as light as a finger touch, with the same pressure you would use to check to see if a tomato was ripe. Dr. Stephanie has completed specialized coursework and has attained certification from the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice’s Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics.

Dr. Stephanie Rittenour is a proud member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). More information can be found at