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Chiropractic care throughout your child’s early years can help build a solid wellness foundation. Our Rhino Chiropractic chiropractor Dr. John Gehnrich has significant experience safely providing chiropractic care for children and infants. Dr. Gehnrich specializes in upper cervical and brain stem adjustments to help the body communicate more effectively. These adjustments may help alleviate symptoms associated with ADHD, allergies and asthma, sinus headaches, colic, difficulty sleeping, and chronic ear infections. Dr. Gehnrich's goal with all patients, both young and old, is to enhance whole body health from within through supportive, preventative care.
Our Rhino Chiropractic chiropractor frequently treats adults for spinal problems that may originally have their roots in childhood. While children may not complain of chronic neck or low back pain, nervous interference can manifest itself in other ways. For example, infants with colic, nursing problems, breathing problems, and sleep disturbances may be related to nervous system interference. Acute ear infections and allergic reactions in younger children may also be traced back to nervous system interference. Spinal trauma can occur at birth or throughout childhood as children learn to crawl, walk, run, and bike. Regular chiropractic care can support your child’s overall wellness and may help reduce the likelihood for more serious problems later in life.
The birth process can be very traumatic for infants, especially if they are pulled or twisted during a C-section, which can potentially misalign the spine. Even after a natural birth, infants can still benefit from an adjustment. Difficulty sleeping, nursing and/or digesting may be associated with nervous system interference. Dr. Gehnrich uses a safe, light force technique with his pinky to gently adjust the spine. Pre- and post-adjustment changes are significant: babies can latch more easily for breast feeding, sleep more soundly through the night, experience less colic, and are less likely to suffer from SIDS. Dr. Gehnrich also observes that infants who receive chiropractic care hit developmental milestones more quickly and are on par or even ahead of the developmental norm.
Asthma, ear infections, and allergies are common in toddlers and preschoolers. Regular adjustments can help reduce nervous system interferences that may aggravate ear infections, reducing the need for tubes in the ears or having tonsils removed. Dr. Gehnrich has a 90% success rate when using chiropractic care to manage asthma-related symptoms, reducing the need for inhalers or steroid use.
As children grow, chiropractic care supports proper structural development and proactive care may help to reverse scoliosis. For parents of children recently diagnosed with ADHD, it is naturally to be concerned about the impact of ADHD medication on a child’s body and brain. Specialized upper cervical and brainstem adjustments help the body and brain communicate more effectively, increasing focusing, decreasing ADHD symptoms, and evening out anxiety and emotional disturbances. Chiropractic care is also helpful for children who play sports and are more likely to have a misaligned spine.
Our treatment plans focus on regular exams and care to reduce nerve interference and support whole body health from within. Think of chiropractic care as a “retainer” for the spine. Just as a retainer after braces keeps the teeth aligned, chiropractic checkups keep the spine properly aligned and the body in peak wellness.
For more information on our Rhino Chiropractic chiropractor’s approach to chiropractic care for children, call 516-536-6000.
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