Most parents recognize the importance of regular checkups for their children’s teeth, hearing, and vision, but often shy away from having their child’s spine assessed by a chiropractor. The spine plays an imperative role in protecting your brain and nervous system, so it is important not to ignore it!


Physical, chemical and emotional stressors all play a significant role in bringing our brain out of balance, slowing the ability for the body to heal. This gives rise to symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, irritability and headaches.


Most parents do not recognize the role stress plays in a child’s life, so it is important to recognize some common causes and the symptoms they can lead to.


Birth – Children can undergo a lot of physical stress from being born. The more intervention, the greater the possibility of trauma! It is part of our background examination to better understand your child’s birth. Was your child born via c-section? Did the doctor use forceps? Was your child breach at the time of delivery?

Take notice! Does your child prefer turning their head one way, or feeding on one side? Is your child colicky or not sleeping well? All babies are born to be healthy and functioning efficiently at a young age – that means being calm, sleeping well, and passing feces well.


Development – Children can be challenged regularly by normal development. From crawling, to learning how to walk, your child can trip or fall hundreds of times. You should expect your child to have normal developmental milestones. Scheduling a yearly growth check-up at Somerset Family Chiropractic will allow us to detect early signs of scoliosis. Our chiropractic doctors are trained to recognize these red flags and will document any spinal neural stress.


Emotional Stress – Children today are emotional and physically stressed. This includes peer pressure, school performance pressure, social media pressure, and family-related stress. This can manifest as poor behavior, the inability to focus, poor academic performance, and headaches or digestive problems. It is important that we learn more about your child’s entire life so that we can make the biggest impact on their health!


Athleticism – Every top sports team has a chiropractor on their roster, and your child should as well! If your child participates in athletic activities, a balanced body has the ability to improve their performance. From dancing and skating to hockey and basketball, Somerset Family Chiropractic can improve your child’s enjoyment and help them be the best they can.


We truly hope that this article was of interest to you. It is always recommend that your child complete a baseline exam at our clinic to determine their current state and screen for any potential issues that could arise in the future. Just as your child visits a dentist for preventative care, they should also visit a chiropractor for maintenance care!


Top 10 reasons to take a healthy child to see our chiropractors at Somerset Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre:

  1. To encourage good neural plasticity (brain and nerve development).
  2. To support “first class” nerve communication throughout the body – promoting health and well-being.
  3. To be have a full examination that is completely non-invasive.
  4. To help strengthen their child’s immunity, encouraging fewer colds, earaches and general illness.
  5. To help resolve breastfeeding issues and colic.
  6. To see chiropractors that have taken pediatric and prenatal courses (as well as being parents ourselves).
  7. Encourages children to thrive by supporting digestive strength.
  8. To promote body balance, helping to resolve poor posture, asthma, allergies and bed-wetting.
  9. To help improve their child’s ability to learn and concentrate.
  10. To be given non-invasive care that only enhances your child’s growth.



We encourage you to make an informed decision for you and your family. For additional research regarding chiropractic and pediatrics, click the following link: