Pediatric Chiropractic Care

Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center -  - Integrated Medical Clinic

Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center

Integrated Medical Clinic located in Florham Park, NJ

About 3% of parents have taken their child to see a chiropractor, whether for back pain, postural issues, or general wellness. Like adults, children can experience back pain, neck pain, and headaches and can benefit from chiropractic care at Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center. The expertly trained chiropractors offer gentle, child-safe chiropractic solutions at their Florham Park, New Jersey, location. To schedule a consultation with the team, call or book an appointment online now.

Pediatric Chiropractic Care Q & A

How is Pediatric Chiropractic Care Different from Adult Care?

Pediatric chiropractic care focuses on the normal growth and development of your child, pain reduction, and recovery from injuries caused by falls, sports, and bumps on the head. When children are born, they do not have the spinal stability of an adult and are much more flexible than adults. This can predispose children to injuries, especially as they are learning to walk, run, ride a bike, and play.

The chiropractors at Total Health have advanced training in pediatric care that includes specialized orthopedic testing for children and child-safe adjusting techniques. For children, different chiropractic adjusting techniques are modified to be safe and appropriate for their smaller joints, lighter bodyweight, and increased flexibility.

Why Should a Child See a Chiropractor?

If you want to avoid medications or invasive procedures, chiropractic may be a beneficial component in the care of your child. There are many reasons to take your child to a chiropractor, including:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Sports injuries
  • Torticollis
  • Scoliosis
  • Postural issues
  • Falls
  • Bumping their heads into walls, door frames, or furniture when learning to walk


Some parents may also notice that their baby is developing a bald spot on their head when sleeping if a baby cannot rotate his or her head side-to-side evenly. This may also be related to issues breastfeeding equally on both breasts. Lack of neck rotation in children can be related to decreased mobility of the spinal joints, just like in adults. Chiropractic adjustments can resolve rotation issues in the neck.

Is Chiropractic Safe for Children?

Yes, chiropractic care is safe for children when performed by a chiropractor trained in pediatric care, like the chiropractors at Total Health. When school-age children are adjusted, the amount of force applied is approximately half of the force applied to adults during an adjustment.

Research also shows that the forces applied by the uterus when a baby is born can reach 400 Newtons (N) compared to 20 Newtons when a baby is adjusted by a chiropractor. The amount of Newtons used during pediatric adjustments roughly translates to the amount of pressure you’d use to squeeze or press on a tomato to check if it’s ripe or not.

All pediatric adjustments are modified based on your child’s height, weight, and physical abilities – especially the ability to walk. These modifications include adjustments with small, handheld instruments or pressure from the chiropractor’s index or pinky finger over a joint, rather than their entire hand.

To learn more about pediatric chiropractic care, schedule a visit online or call Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center now.