5 Overlooked Signs Your Child May Need a Chiropractor

Child Chiropractor

There’s no doubt, every parent wants the very best for their children. This means safeguarding their health and development. For that reason, with the trend towards non-invasive, drug-free support for their well-being, here’s 5 overlooked signs your child may need a chiropractor check-up.


Chiropractic is a health profession that focuses on addressing disorders of the spine and nervous system. In most countries, chiropractors are licensed following a multi-year doctorate degree and 100’s of hours of intensive training.

There are two main types of chiropractor.

A traditional chiropractor is focused on improving outcomes such as range of motion and pain reduction. Their modalities might include physiotherapies, spinal manipulation and/or lifestyle modification.

A corrective, or Life By Design chiropractor, analyses the structural framework of the body and identifies signs of underlying nervous system dysfunction. This structural distortion is a known CORE PROBLEM and as such, impacts the health of the body in ways that can be felt, but more importantly, in ways that you may be completely unaware of.

Their methods centralise around the specific correction of these core problems as well as exercises and lifestyle advice to support improvement and avoid repeating the problem over and over again in the future.


Much like dental care, having teeth is a good reason to properly take care of them. We know that problems with the teeth and oral cavity can be signs of bigger issues with your health, therefore it’s standard protocol for most families to periodically bring their children to a dentist to check for problems and clean their teeth.

So when it comes to chiropractic for kids…the answer is the same…because kids have a spine.

The spine and nervous system is central to our body’s function and subject to a multitude of different stresses from birth onward, therefore it requires appropriate attention.


The ideal first step would be bringing your child to a paediatric chiropractor soon after birth for a comprehensive analysis of their spine and nervous system, however that’s typically not how many people think.

It’s much more common for parents to wait until signs or symptoms appear before considering any intervention.

To make it easy, here are 5 overlooked signs your child may need a chiropractor check-up.


In 1969, Professor Abraham Towbin, M.D., reported on the results of a study he conducted at Harvard Medical School’s department of neuropathology on spinal cord and brainstem injuries in newborn infants.

Towbin conducted autopsies on more than 2,000 newborn infants who had died shortly after birth. In his report “Latent Spinal Cord and Brainstem Injuries in Newborn Infants,” Professor Towbin summarised his findings as follows:

“Spinal cord and brainstem injuries occur often during the process of birth, but frequently escape diagnosis. Respiratory depression in the neonate is a cardinal sign of such injury. In infants who survive there may be lasting neurological defects reflecting the primary injury; in some, secondary hypoxic damage to the cerebrum may ultimately be manifested as cerebral palsy.”

With advances in medical birth procedures, you may wonder, does birth trauma still exist?

Even in industrialised nations, or with cases of caesarean section, birth traumas such as bell’s palsy, brachial plexus injuries and stress / strain injuries to the cervical spine continue to occur.

The potential for birth trauma and even in-utero constraint is reason enough for the analysis of a newborn’s spine and nervous system.


A 2008 pilot study in The Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Paediatrics showed that infants sleep better when under chiropractic care. In the study, parents of 117 infants who were brought in for chiropractic care were asked to fill out a questionnaire on the children’s sleep behaviours.

The researchers stated, “The pilot study into the issue of sleep problems in children showed significant improvements (by parental report) in time taken to fall asleep, number of consecutive hours of sleep and depth and quality of sleep for children during a short course of chiropractic care.”


Posture is a window into a child’s future health. Structural distortion can not only compromise a child’s self-esteem but also their body’s function.

The potential impact includes accelerated spinal deterioration, lowered energy, and impaired cognition.


The central nervous system plays a part in ADHD and other behavioural disorders. With the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and spinal nerves) being protected by the skull and moveable bones of the spine, corrective chiropractors are able to help reduce irritation that may be a contributing factor.


In a study of 316 cases of children with infantile colic, mothers were provided with a diary and kept track of the baby’s symptoms, intensity and length of the colicky crying as well as how comfortable the infant seemed. 94% of the children within 14 days of chiropractic care showed a satisfactory response. After four weeks, the improvements were maintained.


Make sure you oversee your child’s healthy lifestyle.

  • Are they eating quality foods in adequate quantity?
  • How much exercise are they getting everyday?
  • What time are they going to bed and waking up?
  • Are they happy?

Pay close attention to the overlooked signs your kids may need something else they’re just not getting that could help them be at their absolute best!

Dr Gareth is a Chiropractor who is passionate about transforming peoples health and wellness. He has worked all over New Zealand and overseas, including as the Cook Island Team Chiropractor at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. As a Life By Design Chiropractor he has a major interest in addressing the core problems of his client’s health; including restoring function to their neuro-structural systems and teaching them how to Move, Think and Eat By Design, giving them the ability to control their own health and their lives. When not in practice you can find him training Brazilian Jujitsu or walking on the beach with his family.