Paediatric Chiropractor Sydney

Paediatric Care

Personalised Care for Growing Bodies!

At Marrickville Chiropractic Care, we have a clinical interest in paediatric chiropractic and provide tailored care to children, focusing on addressing common musculoskeletal health challenges.

If you’re like most parents, you want what’s best for your kids. If your child is experiencing pain or discomfort, you may be wondering if chiropractic care is the right solution.

What is Chiropractic Care for Kids?

Chiropractic care is a primary healthcare modality that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical problems in the body, especially the spine.

Chiropractic care in kids is often used to address musculoskeletal growing pains, back pain, neck pain, sports injuries and headaches. 

While chiropractic care uses a combination of hands-on techniques to adjust and manipulate the spine, chiropractic adjustments in children differ slightly from chiropractic care in adults. 

Children experience different pain and symptoms as a result of their growing bodies and due to their joints being more cartilaginous compared to adults. 

Paediatric chiropractic care uses a modified, gentler technique to address musculoskeletal health conditions in children. 

Find out more about chiropractic care during pregnancy here.

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As a mother of three, Dr Kirsten understands your children’s health and wellbeing is one of your biggest concerns and a top priority. Kirsten has a special interest in providing chiropractic care to children and is focused on supporting both parent and patient.

Please call us on the number below to make an appointment or book online today.

Chiropractic Care for Kids FAQs

As their name suggests, paediatric chiropractors address issues with kids’ bodies, especially those that have to do with their muscles, joints, and spine. Some of the most important things that a paediatric chiropractor does includes:

Assessment and diagnosis

Paediatric chiropractors perform thorough evaluations that may include looking at your child’s medical history, watching how they move, and giving them a physical check. This exam helps us to find any problems or issues that might be affecting the muscles, joints, or spine.

Treatment of musculoskeletal conditions

Chiropractor for kids address problems that happen with a child’s musculoskeletal system, like misalignments, uneven muscle tone, or problems that happen after falls, accidents, or certain growth patterns.

Paediatric chiropractors may also provide parents and caregivers with education on musculoskeletal health, including nutrition, exercise, and posture-promoting activities, to support their child’s overall physical and mental well-being.

A paediatric chiropractic session is a gentle, non-invasive treatment tailored to your children’s unique developmental needs, typically involving a variety of techniques.

Paediatric chiropractors may perform gentle adjustments to a child’s spine or joints using a modified technique. Adjustments are customised to suit the child’s size, weight, and health, and are much softer than those that are usually made to adults.

A kids chiropractic consultation involves gathering information about your child’s health history, physical examination, and diagnosis of potential musculoskeletal issues. A treatment plan is discussed with you, including gentle chiropractic adjustments, additional therapies, and education on lifestyle changes to support development. 

Paediatric chiropractors may also provide additional therapies to improve strength, flexibility, and coordination. 

Follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor your child’s progress and make necessary adjustments to the treatment plan. This approach ensures your child’s overall health and development.

While there is no set age, it largely depends on the individual needs and health condition of your child. Some chiropractors see kids as young as babies, but it’s important to talk to a chiropractor who has worked with kids before.

Yes, chiropractic care is  considered safe for children when performed by a trained and licensed practitioner. However, it’s important that the chiropractor is experienced in paediatric care and uses appropriate techniques suited for children. Our chiropractors at Marrickville Chiropractic Care have completed extensive post graduate training in paediatric chiropractic and continually stay up to date with current literature.

You can find out more about the recent independent review titled ‘Chiropractic spinal manipulation of children under 12’ and to paraphrase:

The review found very little evidence of patient harm from spinal manipulation to children. The research involved literature review, patient complaints, practitioner notifications, insurance claim data, and stakeholder feedback. Three individual case reports were the only instances of serious harm, all related to spinal manipulative techniques performed outside Australia. Although the study did not find strong evidence of harm, it is clear that spinal manipulation in children is not without risk. The study suggests that any risk associated with care must be considered in light of potential benefits, especially in younger children.

Chiropractic adjustments in kids are remarkably different from that of adults. Care is tailored to the age of the child, size and techniques are modified to be light, low force and gentle, often requiring only light fingertip pressure. Techniques used are careful spinal and cranial adjustments, mobilisations, stretches, and integration of primitive reflexes.

There may be a couple of things to look for when considering care for your baby: 

  • Your baby prefers to feed on one side than the other
  • Being uncomfortable with tummy time
  • If your baby appears to be delayed in reaching developmental milestones such as rolling, sitting, crawling and walking
  • If you notice a flat spot on the back of their head
  • If you notice they prefer to hold their head to one side (head tilt)
  • Discomfort when changing their clothes or difficulty when riding in a car seat.

Scoliosis is a condition where a child’s spine bends to the side or twists, causing a “s” or “c” shape. It’s commonly estimated that scoliosis affects approval 2-3% of children.

Scoliosis may be characterised by:

  • uneven shoulders
  • uneven spacing between the arms and the side of the body
  • Tiled head
  • uneven hips
  • prominent ribs
  • prominent muscles in the lower back, and
  • uneven skin folds at the waist.

Not all postural concerns are scoliosis. Back care like good posture and physical activity can help with managing any back pain that comes with scoliosis.

Between birth and childhood, a child’s body changes quickly and in many ways. Here are some interesting facts about young bodies and early development that show how complicated this growth process is.

  • The spine develops and changes significantly from infancy into adolescence.
  • Cartilage calcifies into bone through a process called ossification.
  • Babies are born with a kyphotic curve, which is a single C-shaped bend in the spine. As they sit up and lift their heads, a cervical lordotic bend forms in the neck area. A lower back curve called a lumbar lordotic curve forms when they stand and walk.
  • Children have the same number of vertebrae as adults—33 vertebrae, which are divided into regions: 7 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar, 5 sacral (fused into the sacrum), and 4 coccygeal (fused into the coccyx).
  • Children’s spines are more flexible than those of adults due to the higher water content in their intervertebral discs and the ongoing ossification of spinal structures.
  • Early childhood is characterised by rapid brain development, high metabolic rate, significant periods of growth, rapid cellular regeneration, immune system development, and the forming of dietary, exercise, and behavioural habits.
  • The brain reaches 80% of its adult size by age three and 90% by age five.
  • Children have growth plates at the ends of their bones, which help with bone growth and healing.
  • They also have more elastic connective tissues, faster cell regeneration, and a critical window for habit formation.