Children and Chiropractic Care FAQ

Why do children need chiropractic care?

Starting at birth children can suffer from spinal misalignments (“chiropractic subluxations”) resulting from falls, tumbles, sports activities, poor posture (‘slouching”), back packs, or even the birth process itself. Spinal segments can be jammed or pushed out of place causing different types of problems.

Such jamming can cause problems in the nervous system which in turn can affect the child’s health. Even the position of the baby in the womb or problems during labor from the trauma of the trip through the birth canal, or from the birthing process itself can create problems.

What type of problems can develop?

Some common childhood problems included breathing issues, chronic earaches, sore throats, colic, headaches, bed-wetting, foot problems, Scoliosis (lateral curvature of the spine), joint or “growing” pains for which parents bring their children to the chiropractor.

Unless a child has an obvious problem, it is often difficult for parents to recognize such spinal misalignments. Some signs can be chronic head or body tilt to one sign, walking or running problems, nursing or feeding issues, abnormal movement or muscle weakness, or even sleeping difficulties.

It is not always easy for someone other than a chiropractor, highly trained in evaluating the spine, to determine if the child has a problem, just as it is difficult for someone other than a dentist to determine if a child has any cavities. Both cases take the skills of a trained specialist to perform a thorough evaluation.

How does Dr. Mark Mashike, D.C., Chiropractor treat children?

Dr. Mark Mashike, D.C. conducts a health and spinal exam including various orthopedic tests and assessments. The result is a assessment of a youngster’s current health and spinal evaluation.
At that point Dr. Mark Mashike, D.C., can determine if chiropractic care is needed.

Dr. Mark Mashike, D.C. then works to correct these spinal misalignments with safe and effective techniques called chiropractic adjustments. These are extremely gentle, modified adjusting techniques to alleviate problems in child patients.

Spinal adjustments for infants and young children involve very light finger-tip adjustments. A light spinal adjustment is usually sufficient to restore mobility to spinal joints which have become locked and are causing interference with the normal function of the nervous system.

Should I just see my Child’s Pediatrician to Treat These Problems?

Good question for parents to ask. However, when it comes to subtle joint or spinal health problems, your child’s pediatrician is not necessarily a trained specialist in this area. The medical profession does have doctors who specialize in spinal problems, known as orthopedic surgeons, but these doctors generally work on the more serious spinal conditions usually requiring surgery. Few medical doctors are trained to recognize the subtle spinal problems which can cause the conditions listed above.

Most medical doctors are somewhat aware of the chiropractic care and medical research studies on such care for children. Good communication between the chiropractor and the pediatrician working together on a child’s health issue can be of great benefit, with each specialist working on the area they are train in for good results.

Does It hurt? Is it safe?

Generally speaking treatment does not hurt. However, very young children sometimes take momentary fright at light adjusting, and may cry for a few seconds.

Thousand of children have been treated by chiropractors for close to 100 years, yet a check of malpractice records of large insurance companies show how safe it is with very few claims. This excellent safety record speaks for itself.

“My family and I have been seeing Dr. Mark Mashike for almost 7 years now. We have been extremely happy with the results…no pun intended!
When my son had broken his femur at the age of 3, he needed to re-learn how to walk. He complained of his feet hurting him. We brought him in to see Dr. Mashike and my son left the clinic running…not away from Dr. Mashike…running because he could run.
A few years, we found out our son had mild asthma. We hate the medicine that is given for asthma. Dr. Mashike said to bring him in. The adjustments have really helped my son so that he can breathe!
My husband, my daughter and I have also had great results with routine adjustments. My daughter was not too sure about Dr. Mashike when she was 2, but now that she is older she realizes how great she feel after ‘he cracks her bones!’

Thank you so much for all you do!!”

The Viescas Family

Do you have any questions about chiropractic care for children? Just call me at 858-794-4007, and I will be glad to answer your questions promptly or make you an appointment.

Dr. Mark Mashike, D.C.