The first thing your chiropractor will do is to conduct a careful and thorough evaluation of your child’s spine. Dr. Doug Gunderson is trained to evaluate pediatric spinal problems and will use gentle, specific skills to identify, evaluate, and treat any involved spinal areas. Once the issues have been diagnosed, we move into treatment of the patient with chiropractic care. A treatment plan is set up for each patient based on their condition to achieve the best results possible.
Why do kids need chiropractic?
A child encounters many physical stresses during their growing years. The resulting problems in children’s spines can occur at almost any point in their development and growth. Since significant spinal trauma can occur at, or prior to birth, many parents elect to have their newborn’s spine checked right after birth. Many developmental milestones such as learning to hold up the head, sitting upright, crawling, and walking are all activities that are affected by spinal alignment and are important times to have a child checked by a chiropractor. Additionally, falls, sports injuries, playground bumps, heavy school bags and sitting all day in the classroom are all physical stresses to the growing child’s spine and nervous system.
What does chiropractic care involve?
Chiropractic care is ‘tailored’ to the individual and their particular spine, and children are no exception. Dr. Gunderson offers specific, gentle adjustments appropriate to the infant and child’s spine and cranium. These spinal adjustments involve very light fingertip pressure to correct spinal misalignments. This amount of “force” is often not more than a finger touch to a maximum of two pounds. This is usually sufficient to restore mobility to spinal joints that have become locked and are causing interference to the normal nervous system function. Occasionally, the adjustments will make a ‘popping’ sound when the spinal joints are moved; however, this is not always heard when children’s spines are adjusted.
Does it hurt?
The first thing Dr. Gunderson will do, is conduct a careful and thorough evaluation of your child’s spine. He is trained to evaluate pediatric spinal problems and will use gentle, specific skills to identify, evaluate, and treat any involved spinal areas. Overall, most parents report that their children enjoy their spinal adjustments, and that they look forward to their next visit.
How many sessions will it take?
A child’s spine will generally respond much faster than an adult’s spine to chiropractic adjustment, and will often require only a few adjustments to restore normal function. The actual number of adjustments will vary depending on many factors such as the length of time the problem has been present.
Is it safe?
The risks of a child suffering notable injury from a spinal adjustment are extremely minimal. Chiropractors have been adjusting children’s spines for more than 100 years and have an excellent safety record.
What Clients Say
Treatment with Dr. Gunderson changed my life. Not only did my chronic back pain disappear by the end of our treatments, but my general health improved almost instantly too. Thank You!
Stacey B, Ames, IA
I’ve been examined by chiropractors in KC and Doug was quicker to find the problem than my last chiropractors. After 2-3 months of treatment, I haven’t felt better in my life. He advised me on how to sleep at night and that has improved my quality of life tremendously.
John A, Ames, IA