• Dr. Jennifer Walker, Co-Owner of In-Health Clinic

Do I adjust my own children?

Many of my chiropractic patients ask the questions: do I adjust my children, do they like it, and why do I adjust them?

Both my children were adjusted in the first hour after birth, and yes it was by me even though with my first daughter Zara I had promised that I wouldn’t. But I couldn’t help it; I guess over the years just feeling a healthy spine comes naturally and so in the 1st hour after Zara’s birth, there I was palpating and massaging my newborn. She was laying on my chest, and I just started naturally feeling her tender new spine and making corrections to misalignments that had probably occurred during the birth itself. With Allegra, my second child, I waited until I was nursing her and she had trouble nursing on the right breast because her neck was tight and misaligned. I got to see in action what many moms describe to me as breast preference; she didn’t want to nurse on the right, acting like she couldn’t turn her head. After gently adjusting her neck and a little muscle work, she was able to nurse with no problem. I know chiropractic works, but wow, to see it that personally was amazing.

Children can be adjusted as soon as they are born and we have done this very thing for new babies in our practice.

Both my girls like receiving treatment. Zara will walk into the office, lay down on the table and inform me that it is her turn to get adjusted. She also provides me with treatments sometimes. Some of my older patients around 4-7 years of age will frequently ask after already getting adjusted to “do it again.”

Most children love to be adjusted. There are some spectrum disorders and sensory processing kids that do take longer to warm up to receiving chiropractic treatments.

My standard recommendation in our office is to get your kids adjusted two times a year- if nothing out of the ordinary occurs. Examples of why you should bring your child are: did they take a tumble wrestling with their sibling? Are they learning to walk, so they are falling a lot? Do they get frequent ear infections? There are lots of significant health benefits on the nervous system to getting adjusted but for kids with healthy spines, two times a year can be enough to make sure they grow as healthfully as possible.

I adjust my kids after major tumbles and growth spurts if the baby is not pooping regularly, or just every couple of months or so. I am always checking them because I can’t help it and their tiny spines are beautiful and amazing. I also do infant and child massage on both my girls and they will even give me a massage sometimes, and they are getting quite good!

Here is an article on the chiropractic technique appropriateness of Pediatrics

(how a trained chiropractor will adjust their force and their technique based on the patient size and age to be safe and effective).

Dr. Jennifer Walker, Co-Owner of In-Health Clinic, Chapter 114

Dr. Walker did her undergraduate training at Pacific Union College in the hills over-looking Napa Valley. She graduated magna cum laude earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After graduation, she attended Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, California, where she received the degree of Doctor of Chiropractic graduating magma cum laude and valedictorian of her class.

Dr. Walker provides family health care, which includes men, women in all phases of their lives including pregnancy, and pediatrics. She uses her experience and knowledge to help a wide range of patients—from treating an entire farming village in Morocco to her work with athletes as an onsite doctor at sporting events. Dr. Walker specialized in soft tissue injuries, and working with those suffering from pain and inflammation that affect the normal functioning of the body. She also is knowledgeable in Homeopathic remedies for her patients. Learn more here: https://in-healthclinic.com/

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