Child Wellness

“Eggs get cracked. Children get adjusted.”

There’s a big difference

Chiropractic adjustments for adults differ significantly from those performed on newborns. Infant adjustments are very gentle, and typically a baby will be soothed by these techniques.

65% of neurological development (development of the brain and nervous system) occurs in a child’s first year of life. It’s therefore imperative to ensure that infants have every opportunity to maximise their nerve function during this critical period.

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Top ten reasons parents take their children to Spinewave

  1. To maximise their child’s brain and nerve development.
  2. To enhance a child’s overall wellbeing.
  3. To strengthen immunity, reducing incidence of colds, earaches and illness.
  4. To help with colic and irritable baby syndrome.
  5. To help with asthma, allergies or eczema.
  6. To improve spinal posture or torticollis.
  7. To improve their child’s ability to concentrate.
  8. To assist with behavioural disorders and offer greater emotional wellbeing.
  9. To help alleviate bed wetting and digestive problems.
  10. To assist with sleep issues.

The importance of the child’s upper neck

It’s important to get the child’s neck checked for a number of reasons. The top two cervical vertebrae (top two bones) are unique in their development to the rest of the spine.

C1 (atlas) only turns into hard bone completely at age 7. C2 (axis) finishes ossifying between the ages of 6 and 12. Up until these ages in development, the vertebrae are like shark cartilage: Pliable and adapting to outside forces that the growing child endures. These forces can start from birth when going through the birth canal or when being pulled from the womb by Caesarean section, forceps or ventouse. Then there are the usual bumps and falls as the child learns to crawl, walk and play. The neck takes a lot of strain and this starts altering the shape and orientation of the child’s upper cervical spine.

In children younger than 8 years, maximum mobility occurs between C1 and C3. This is due to hypermobility of the immature, developing spine, ligamentous laxity, shallow-angled developing joints, a relatively heavy head and weak neck muscles. All of which makes the brainstem, spinal cord and nervous system susceptible to a lot of disturbance. Nervous system disturbance can possibly result in problems such as constipation, colic, problematic breast feeding, grumpiness, ear infections, bed wetting or poor sleep patterns.


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