A Child’s Chiropractic Visit – What Can I Expect?
Updated: Mar 5
What the office visit will look like:
The office visit of a child is very similar to that of an adult except for the main goals and outcome measures (how we evaluate whether the child is benefiting from care or not). These concerns include:
- structural abnormalities (i.e. scoliosis)
- genetic conditions (i.e. klippel fiel with an undescended shoulder blade)
- whether the child has reached the appropriate stages of development (i.e. able to squat, jump, skip, infant reflexes)
- areas of tightness or discomfort in the spine or extremities (i.e. joint and muscle health)
Dr. Campbell will begin the appointment by gaining a history of your child's birth and health up until now. She will then perform a thorough evaluation that includes ranges of motion, movement tests, and specific tests based on the child’s age and appropriate milestones. Dr. Campbell's first and foremost concern is if there are any abnormalities that may affect the child’s upcoming years.
Once these concerns are addressed, Dr. Campbell will address any other health, wellness and/or emotional concerns that you or the child have. For example, this can include allergies, pain, a recent or prior injury, and/or headaches, bed-wetting, and more. Dr. Campbell will also look at your child’s spine and assess how well each segment moves in each direction. She will then assess the child's overall mobility, look for any red flags that may indicate a serious underlying health problem, and check for any increases in muscle tone or areas of discomfort.
Once the goals of care, the treatment plan and options are discussed, you will have the choice of whether or not to consent to your child’s adjustment. Consent is an ongoing process and you are allowed to remove your consent to your child's chiropractic care at any time.
If you’re curious about what your child’s chiropractic adjustment will look like:
- For infants, Dr. Campbell will use her pointer finger(s) or thumb to put a gentle pressure beside the spine, on the joint and surrounding muscles. With this pressure being sustained, in 30-60s the joint will slowly move and the surrounding muscles will relax.
- For toddlers, either sustained pressure or the gentle Activator tool is used on the joint. The Activator applies a gentle quick force to the area it is applied. This creates a quick stretch on the muscles, and a gentle movement of the joint. The Activator tool has many different settings that allow various levels of force to be used. Dr. Campbell will use the least amount of force necessary to regain normal joint movement while maintaining the child's comfort.
- For older children and teenagers, Dr. Campbell will determine if the Activator or a gentle Manual (hands-on) adjustment is appropriate. The upmost care is taken to ensure the comfort and safety of your child. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Campbell!
Author: Casey Campbell BSc., D.C.