To make an appointment with one of our Pediatric Chiropractors please call us at 732-345-1377.
No child is too young for chiropractic services at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation. Newborns are regularly referred to us by pediatricians. If you are looking for an Infant or Child Chiropractor in NJ contact our Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation for more information about adjustments for kids.
Analysis and treatment of babies and children is often very straightforward. Treatment consists of a gentle massage-like technique called Cranial Therapy. Infants respond very quickly in most cases with parents reporting results in as few as just one treatment.
Due to the traumas of birth and the many physical stresses experienced by newborns and infants, spinal subluxations can and do occur. This leaves a child vulnerable to many health problems, including colic. By keeping the body free of these spinal misalignments, pediatric patients are offered the chance to have perfect health from day one.
Pediatric and Infant Chiropractic can be used to help in the treatment of Colic, Torticollis, Ear Infections, Asthma and even some cases of ADHD.
Why do my children need chiropractic care?
The birth process is often the cause of your child’s first subluxation. A very soft and undeveloped spine of an infant can suffer trauma during delivery. It is estimated that as much as 80lbs of pulling pressure can be exerted to remove a baby from the birth canal. Then, as children grow up and become more adventurous, the number of injuries to their spines become countless. The repeated falls as children learn to walk, the running, jumping, twisting, bumping and falling all over the place while playing in the yard or on an athletic field will often cause your child to become subluxated. However, often children do not show any signs or symptoms of being subluxated until later on in life. Chiropractic care offers your child a more responsive body, a more balanced flow of energy and overall increased performance as he/she passes through their stages of development. A subluxation free child also minimizes the risk of future health challenges.
How does Chiropractic for Children work?
Our practice provides chiropractic treatments that are safe, gentle, and effective. In addition the Cranial Therapy, the chiropractors at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation use a treatment known as Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP), which incorporates an instrument that provides a soothing vibratory force while correcting spinal issues.
Chiropractic care is not a cure for colic; in fact, it is not used as a treatment for any specific health condition. By reducing spinal stress, however, infants and children with a number of health issues have been helped through the removal of interference in the nervous system.
Pediatric Chiropractic Treatment of Torticollis with Chiropractic
Chiropractic care for children is extremely important to prevent long-term health problems. Our Monmouth Pain and Rehabiliation office can help you develop a treatment plan if your child has Torticollis. Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation works with children and their parents to identify and treat early detected health issues.
Our pediatric chiropractors treat a spectrum of diseases and disorders whether congenital, developmental, or skeletal. The main goal at the end of the day is to increase motion, coordination, and strength. We will also implement a plan to strengthen endurance and fine tune motor skills.
Treatment of Pediatric Torticollis with Chiropractic in Red Bank
Torticollis, which is also referred to as Wry Neck, is a condition seen in children where the head is tilted to one side while the chin is raised to the other side. Torticollis is frequently a result of trauma from birth where damage to a muscle in the neck, back, or head occurs. This causes the child to experience tightness of a certain muscle that pulls his or her head to one side while simultaneously bringing the face in an opposite direction. While trauma to the specific muscles at birth is in many cases the initial cause of this condition, most children are not treated immediately. This non-treatment can cause neighboring muscles to tighten as well which creates additional problems for the adolescent. Untreated torticollis can lead to a number of problems including facial asymmetry, spinal misalignments, and muscular development issues.
Torticollis can also occur in older children from other problems such as trauma to the neck, ear infections, or the usage of certain drugs. There are a good amount of additional causes of torticollis in older children but are considered to be very rare. As imagined, torticollis can be significantly debilitating to the child’s development and overall daily function. This condition can limit the child’s ability to move, hear, and function normally. The first few years in a child’s development are extremely crucial and early treatment of torticollis will be beneficial to the child’s overall wellness and life balance.
Chiropractic can help heal torticollis in children. At Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation, our Red Bank Chiropractors can help your child overcome torticollis and put him or her back on track towards good health and wellness.
Our chiropractors will create a program which includes stretching, massage, and physical exercise to pinpoint the targeted muscles causing torticollis and help reverse the condition before it becomes a larger problem.
Treatment of an Ear Infection
Chiropractic for ear infections is a holistic approach that is available at our Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation office. Our chiropractors treat a significant amount of pediatric patients suffering with ear infections.
Many ear infections resolve in just a few visits with gentle chiropractic adjustments using a massage-like technique called Cranial Technique as well as a biomechanical technique called Clinical Biomechanics of Posture (CBP.) Used together, our physicians have found a very high success rate in naturally helping children with ear infections without the use of antibiotics.
Treatment for Pediatric Scoliosis with Chiropractic
Pediatric scoliosis is a condition where the spine is curved in adolescents. There are three main categories of scoliosis. The first category of the condition is Infantile Scoliosis which occurs in children less than 3 years old. Juvenile Scoliosis, which is the second category of the condition, occurs in children between 3 and 10 years of age. The final category of scoliosis is called Adolescent Scoliosis and occurs from 10 years of age and older.
Scoliosis can also be effectively treated with chiropractic. The condition of scoliosis is complex and no two patients with the condition are exactly the same. Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation understands this and as a result, provides a customized plan for each of our scoliosis patients in Red Bank.
Each patient coping with scoliosis has a different curvature of the spine our Chiropractic team will put together a program to treat that exact curvature.
Chiropractic treatment for our scoliosis patients will consist of a designed regiment of traction, stretches, exercise, chiropractic manipulation, and electrical stimulation. All of these techniques will be done in a comfortable and pain free manner so that the child is receptive and rejuvenated by the treatment. Relaxation is a major key to a successful program especially when children are involved.
Chiropractic for Pediatric Asthma
Asthma is the most prevalent health condition among children. This chronic lung disease is a very serious health concern and can be a life threatening condition if not treated properly.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines asthma as, “…a disease that affects your lungs. It causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing.” What does this mean for children? It means a frightening experience in which the smooth muscle cells in the bronchi constrict, airways become inflamed and swollen, and breathing becomes difficult.
How can Chiropractic help with Pediatric Asthma?
Asthma may be affected by spinal misalignments that cause vertebrae to irritate important nerves that carry information from the brain to the lungs. When these nerves become irritated, they can disrupt normal communication between the brain and lungs, altering normal breathing function.
Nerves that regulate the diaphragm can have a profound effect on how well the respiratory system functions. When nervous system interference is removed through chiropractic adjustments, oftentimes breathing improves and there is a significant decrease in asthma symptoms.
Treatment for Asthma at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation
Alternative and holistic therapies, such as the chiropractic intervention offered at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation, can bring hope to those suffering from conditions not easily remedied by traditional medicine. While millions of children are living with the symptoms of this devastating disease, chiropractic therapy is a proven and safe option for these youngest of sufferers.
By reducing spinal stress, children with asthma (and other conditions such as colic, ear infections, and learning disabilities) have improved with chiropractic and holistic care. Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation offers a complimentary consultation to determine how our services can help. If you or your pediatrician would like more information about the procedures that we utilize in the office, please give us a call.
Holistic & Alternative Treatments in the Management of Asthma
Preliminary medical research has shown that chiropractic care for children may be an effective treatment in asthma. One of the benefits of alternative and holistic treatments is that there are little to no side effects or adverse reactions.
In one study, a seven-year-old boy was presented by his parents for chiropractic evaluation and possible care for his chronic colds, allergies, and asthma, which he had suffered from since the age of five months. These conditions caused him to miss one to two days of school on average each month, and forced him to visit a medical doctor on a monthly basis.
This young patient was treated with chiropractic intervention to address areas of vertebral subluxation in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral spine. After two weeks of starting treatment, the child was able to discontinue the use of allergy and asthma medication (Alavert and Albuterol) and the use of his nebulizer. Within five months, he required doctor visits solely for wellness checkups, and stopped missing school as a result of his initial symptoms.*
* Documented in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health. 2009, 3:1-7.
Medication and Children
The use of medications in children has exploded in recent decades, mostly due to the high prevalence of ADD and ADHD diagnoses. Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a nervous system stimulant and the most commonly prescribed drug for children with ADHD. Since the early 1990s, the number of prescriptions written for methylphenidate has increased by a factor of five. The production of Adderall and Dexedrine, also quite commonly given to children, has also risen.
There are many concerns surrounding the use of Class II controlled substances in children. Some of these drugs, including Ritalin, have not been tested for the safety or effectiveness of long term use in pediatric patients. Another major concern is the possibility of addiction; high doses over a period of time have been shown to produce dependence. It is possible to develop a tolerance to the drug, so that higher doses are necessary to produce the original effect.
Common side effects of Ritalin can include insomnia, nervousness, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, weight loss, and abnormally fast heart beat. Even worse, this drug does nothing to address the underlying neurological issues associated with ADD or ADHD.
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