Dr. Robin L. Baker Wausau , Wisconsin United States of America bakerborski.com
Oh, my hurting knees! The hurt took me to the “walk-in,” which was followed by an appointment with an orthopedic doctor who sent be back to my regular doctor, who then recommended a podiatrist for custom orthotics. The cost of the orthotics was excessive and not covered by insurance. The status of my knees had not changed. I started a new approach. A friend had gotten orthotics from a chiropractor. I called a number of chiropractors and finally found a friendly voice in Dr. Mike. He said he could get me an affordable orthotic. After consulting with him, I decided to have adjustments as well as orthotics. Dr. Mike said he would try to “walk on water” to solve my problems. After a week I felt I was walking on air. The knees have continued to improve, it seems like I have new feet and knees. I guess Dr. Mike does “walk on water.” At any rate, I seem to be walking in the clouds. Wonderful! Thank you, Dr. Mike
Chiropractic care is exceptionally safe for infants and children. This is well established in the scientific literature. The question that comes to mind may be “why would an infant or child need to be adjusted?”
The human spine has 24 vertebral segments, which can misalign as early as the birthing process or anytime after. These misalignments (called spinal subluxations) can result from a traumatic, induced or prolonged birth, falls while learning to stand and walk, an auto accident, or sports and play injuries.
Some indications to parents that a child may need chiropractic care can be eating/feeding problems, sleep difficulties, restricted movements, pain, unexplained behavioral changes or crying/fussing.
Chiropractors typically see pediatric patients for these top ten reasons: earache, neck pain, general check up, headache, upper respiratory infection, low back pain, allergies, asthma, bedwetting/enuresis, and mid/upper back pain. Chiropractic is a safe, natural, and effective approach to wellness without drugs and surgery.
The first step in getting chiropractic care for an infant or child is to have a qualified Doctor of Chiropractic consult with the parent(s), conduct a thorough medical examination and if warranted, take appropriate film studies to precisely determine whether the condition can be addressed by the Chiropractor.
Doctors of Chiropractic can now specialize in many different areas such as orthopedics, neurology, sports rehabilitation, and pediatrics. Doctors are required to take additional educational courses for approximately 2-3 years in addition to their doctoral degrees in order to claim specialization. They are also required to continually update their education each year within their area of specialization.
Chiropractic adjustments vary widely in technique and can be done by hand or instrument. Adjusting children would obviously require much less force than for an adult. Instrument adjusting is even lighter in force and in some cases uses only ounces of pressure. Finding a doctor and type of adjusting the parent is comfortable with is an important step in getting care for their child.
At Baker Borski Chiropractic, we primarily use light force instrument adjusting with infants and children. Although only Dr. Baker has a Pediatric Diplomate, both doctors employ light instrument adjusting with the Activator Method and Atlas Orthogonal Upper Cervical Technique. Only a Doctor of Chiropractic is educated and trained to apply specific adjustments to the spine, causing release of nerve pressure and joint fixation to allow the body to naturally heal. Chiropractors have been adjusting for well over 100 years with outstanding safety. Generally the adjustments do not hurt, but the sudden movement initially may cause alarm in the small child and they cry from the unexpectedness. This passes quickly.