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Why do children need chiropractic care?

As a parent, if you want your child to achieve his optimum potential through emotional, physical, and mental well-being, then chiropractic care is an essential and beneficial component for your child’s life.

Your child may undergo stress to his nervous system from the birth process, the learning process of crawling and walking, falls, or many hour s spent in an infant car seat or baby bouncer.

Stress to the nervous system can manifest into health concerns such as colic, difficulty latching on for breastfeeding, torticollis or wry neck, ear infections, sleep disturbances, allergies, asthma, skin rashes, or other health conditions. These are just a few examples of many issues that may result from trauma to the developing nervous system of a child.

Your child’s nervous system may become disrupted from stresses other than physical trauma.

Childs_Nervous_SystemEmotional stresses, environmental toxicities, heavy metals from childhood vaccinations, or multiple rounds of antibiotics can also lead to nervous system interference.

Having your child’s spine checked by a chiropractor removes the interferences in the nervous system. Then, the body is able to naturally heal itself, and your child can function in a greater state of health.


For more information on chiropractic pediatric care, please visit the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

For current pediatric patients, Dr. Garnecki is available for house calls after business hours.

Research on Chiropractic Care for Pediatric Conditions

Infantile Colic

Multiple Articles on Chiropractic and Infantile Colic from Peer Reviewed Journals on the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association.

Chiropractic Found Effective for Infantile Colic: Randomized Controlled Trial Shows Manipulation More Effective than DrugDynamic Chiropractic.  1999;17(26).

Cerebral Palsy (Urinary Incontinence)

Garnecki D, Canty A. Improvement in Urinary Incontinence in a Cerebral Palsy Patient Following Chiropractic Care. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics. 2008 (Mar);9(1): 563-66.

Ear Infection (Otitis Media)

Fallon, JM.  The Role of the Chiropractic Adjustment in the Care and Treatment of 332 Children with Otitis MediaJournal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics Vol 2, No. 2 1997 p.167-183.

Frohle RM. Ear infection: a retrospecitve study examining improvement from chiropractic care and analyzing for influencing factors. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1996 Mar-Apr;19(3):169-77.

Phillips, NJ.  Vertebral subluxation and otitis media: a case study. Chiropractic: The Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation. Jul 1992, Vol: 8(2), pp.38-9.

Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Alcantara JAnderson R. Chiropractic care of a pediatric patient with symptoms associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease, fuss-cry-irritability with sleep disorder syndrome and irritable infant syndrome of musculoskeletal origin. J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2008. Dec;52(4):248-55.  Full article.

  • This case study documents the successful chiropractic care of a 3-month old female with subjective complaints consistent with GERD in addition to fuss-cry-irritability with sleep disorder syndrome and irritable infant syndrome of musculoskeletal origin. Her complaints included frequently interrupted sleep, excessive intestinal gas, frequent vomiting, excessive crying, difficulty breastfeeding, plagiocephaly and torticollis. Previous medical care consisted of Prilosec prescription medication. Notable improvement in the patient’s symptoms was observed within four visits and total resolution of symptoms within three months of care.

Growing Pains

Alcantara J, Arndt TL. Chiropractic Care of a Pediatric Patient With Growing Pains. Presented at Pediatric Integrative Medicine Conference 2006 (Pangea 2006). Chicago, IL, October 26-28, 2006.

  • Chiropractic care helps a 3-year-old boy suffering from growing pains (leg pain and lower back pain). In addition, the patient experienced feet pain, headaches and recent bedwetting. No prior treatment had been rendered except for his parents massaging his legs. Chiropractic treatment 15 visits over a 13 week period. After one visit, the patient did not complain of leg pain for three days. After 7 visits, the mother reported that his son was sleeping through the night without leg pains. By the 15th , the child had remained for the most part symptom-free for almost 3 weeks.

Nocturnal Enuresis (Bed-wetting)

Reed WR, Beavers S, Reddy SK, Kern G. Chiropractic management of primary nocturnal enuresis. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1994 Nov-Dec;17(9):596-600.

  • A controlled clinical trial of 46 enuretic children that were placed under chiropractic care. The children were under care for a 10-week period preceded by and followed by a 2 week non-treatment period.
  • Participants: Forty-six nocturnal enuretic children (31 treatment and 15 control group), from a group of 57 children initially included in the study, participated in the trial.  
  • Results: 25% of the children in the chiropractic treatment group children had 50% or more reduction in the wet night frequency from baseline to post-treatment while none within the control group had such reduction.

Kreitz, B.G. Aker, P.D. Nocturnal enuresis: treatment implication for the chiropractor.  J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1994:17(7): 465-473.

  • A review of the literature of nocturnal enuresis is presented.
  • The author states: “Spinal manipulative therapy has been shown to possess an efficacy comparable to the natural history.”

Leboeuf C, Crisp TC, et. al. Chiropractic care of children with nocturnal enuresis: a prospective outcome study. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1991 Feb;14(2):110-5.

  • Children with a history of persistent bed-wetting at night received 8 chiropractic adjustments. Number of wet nights reduced from 7 per week to 4. At the end of the study, 25% of the children were classified as successes.

Blomerth PR. Functional nocturnal enuresis. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1994 Jun;17(5):335-8.

  • Eight-year-old male bed-wetter. Lumbar spine was manipulated once, and at one-month follow-up there was complete resolution of enuresis. “This happened in a manner that could not be attributed to time or placebo effect.”

Neurogenic Bladder and spinal bifida occulta: a case report. Borregard PE. JMPT 1987; 10(3):122-3.

  • Examination found fixation in L3 and both SI joints, following the restoration of SI function the patient’s mother reported the patient was now aware of bladder distention approximately 30 minutes before it was necessary to void. A slight of bladder sensitivity occurred 4 months after the release from treatment and responded immediately to manipulation.

Chiropractic care of children with nocturnal enuresis: A prospective outcome study.LeBoeuf, C.; Brown, P; Herman, A; Leembruggen K; Walton D; Crisp TC. JMPT, 1991, 14 (2), pp. 110-115.

  • In 171 children suffering from enuresis, the average number of bed-wettings per week was 7, while at the end of the study the average number of bed wettings per week was reduced to 4. Additionally 1% of patients were considered “dry” at the beginning of the study, while 15.5% were considered “dry” at the end of the study.

Chiropractic management of enuresis: time series descriptive design. Gemmell HA, Jacobson, BH JMPT 1989; 12:386-389.

  • Case of a 14-year-old male with a long history of continuous bed-wetting that was alleviated (not completely cured) by adjustments.

Characteristics of 217 children attending a chiropractic college teaching clinic. Nyiendo J. Olsen E. JMPT, 1988; 11(2):78084.

  • The authors found that pediatric patients at Western States Chiropractic College public clinic commonly had ordinary complaints of ear-infection, sinus problems, allergy, bedwetting, respiratory problems, and gastro-intestinal problems. Complete or substantial improvement had been noted in 61.6% of pediatric patients of their chief complaint, 60.6% received “maximum” level of improvement while only 56.7% of adult patients received “maximum” level of improvement.

Epileptic Seizures

Epileptic seizures, Nocturnal enuresis, ADD. Langley C. Chiropractic Pediatrics Vol 1 No. 1, April, 1994.

  • This is an eight year old female with a history of epilepsy, heart murmur, hypoglycemia, nocturnal enuresis and attention deficit disorder. The child had been to five pediatricians, three neurologists, six psychiatrists and ten hospitalizations and had been on Depakote, Depakene, Tofranil and Tegretol. Birth was difficult including a cesarean under general anesthesia. Mother was told the baby was allergic to breast milk and formulas and stayed on prescription feeding. The doctors told the mother the girl would never ride a bike or do things like normal children do. The child was wetting the bed every night and experiencing 10-12 seizures/day, with frequent mood swings, stomach pains, diarrhea and special education classes for learning disabilities.
  • Chiropractic adjustments: C1 and C2 approximately three times/week. After two weeks of care the bed-wetting began to resolve and was completely resolved after six months. She was also leaving special education classes to enter regular fifth grade classes. Seizures were much milder and diminished to 8-10 per week after one year of care. Patient was also released from psychiatric care as “self managing.” Her resistance to disease in-creased and she can now ride a bike, roller skate and ice skate like a normal child. After medical examinations, she is expected to be off all medication within a month.


Rome PL. Case Report: The Effect of a Chiropractic Spinal Adjustment on Toddler Sleep Pattern and Behavior. Chiropractic Journal of Australia 1996 (Mar); 26 (1): 11-14.

  • 12-month-old boy had a history of irritability and waking 7-8 times per night since birth.  Medication (Panadol TM ) had been given without success. Following the first chiropractic adjustment in the neck and mid-back region, the child slept for seven hours. A second case is briefly discussed of a 4-month-old boy with depressed appetite who slept only 30 minutes at a time. After one adjustment, he slept for 11 hours. Four months later he had a fall and his poor sleeping habit returned. After one adjustment the sleeping returned to normal, in addition he had a normal appetite.

Alcantara  J, Oman R, et. al. Chiropractic Care of a 3-Year-Old Male with Sleep Disordered Breathing Syndrome. Accepted for publication. Chiropractic Journal of Australia, 2008.

  • A 3-yr-old boy with “sleeping problems” characterised as loud snoring, episodes of “breath-holding” and disturbed continuous sleep by awakening several times per night is cared for with chiropractic. His health history revealed recurrent sinusitis, one episode of bronchitis, episodes of otitis media and bronchitis. The child experienced no obvious injuries, according to his parents. Previous medical care seemed ineffective, a motivation for chiropractic intervention. The patient received chiropractic care based on the correction of the vertebral subluxation complex (VSC). Following 5 visits, the patient’s sleep was significantly improved.

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