Even today’s “natural” birthing procedures can put tremendous pressures on a newborn’s spine. Thankfully, forceps deliveries are less common today. But vacuum extraction and eager hands can do even more damage. Especially by pulling, forcing and twisting a baby’s young spine.

The increasing reliance on surgical intervention by C-section can be even more traumatic, especially on the delicate neck and spinal nerves.

Why Newborns Benefit From a Chiropractic Check-up

Without the language to explain, many newborns exhibit unexplained crying, lack of appetite, frequent ear infections or other signs of neurological compromise.

A chiropractic examination can help determine if birth trauma to the spine is involved.

If spinal misalignment is not corrected, it can lead to nerve disturbances that can profoundly affect your baby’s health. Some of the conditions we often see include:

  • Colic
  • Digestive reflux
  • Nursing/latching problems
  • Poor sleep
  • Failure to thrive
  • Frequent ear infections
  • ADHD & Autism spectrum disorders

Chiropractic is not a treatment for these conditions. However, many parents report that they’ve seen these issues improve with chiropractic care. This safe and natural approach reduces nerve interference, allowing your baby to function more normally.

Pediatric Chiropractic Care: Gentle and Effective

With the gentlest amount of pressure, we’re able to reduce nerve interference to give a child a healthy start to life. Babies and children seem to respond quickly.

I think many parents assume that we adjust children the same way we do adults. But the truth is, children rarely have the longstanding issues and scar tissue of adults. Adjusting a newborn requires no more pressure than what you’d use to test the ripeness of a tomato.”
 Dr. Calcara

Pediatric Chiropractic Care: Helping Olympia Children Thrive

Give your kids the best start in life with regular chiropractic care.

Growing Pains

As your child grows up, they experience stresses, falls and growing pains. These accidents are normal, but can still cause a significant amount of stress on your developing child.


This is a condition that many pre-adolescent children can develop. Especially girls. Curvatures in the upper or lower back pain can be aggravated by carrying heavy backpacks. Digital devices can contribute to postural issues and can lead to pain or headaches.

ADHD and Sensory Processing

Our brain is constantly receiving input from all different parts of our bodies. It’s able to filter out the information that is not important, keeping what it needs. If someone is dealing with ADHD or is on the autism spectrum, the brain is often overloaded. This can contribute to poor focus and attention.

Many parents have reported that calming the nervous system with chiropractic adjustments is helpful.

Trouble Sleeping

Some children have issues sleeping and may only get three to four hours a night. Chiropractic adjustments often calm the nervous system so your little one can sleep better.

One four-year-old had never slept more than four hours at a time. Then, after his first adjustment he slept 12 hours and now sleeps 10-12 hours on average. And guess what? Mom sleeps better now, too!

We’ve seen dramatic differences in many of our youngest patients and their families.