Chiropractic for Infants and Children – Lawrenceville, Princeton, Hopewell, Pennington
Spinal issues can start from birth and bring a large amount of stress to an infant’s spine and nervous system leading to long-term issues throughout the entire body. If spinal misalignments are ignored at an early age, the child can develop serious problems later in life.
More and more parents are seeking chiropractic care for their children. Many spinal problems seen in adults can begin as early as birth. Even natural birthing methods can place stress on the infant’s spine and developing nervous system. The resulting irritation to the nervous system can be the cause of many common newborn complaints. We work to increase the overall health and wellness for children and can help with prevalent problems such as:
Tethered Oral Tissues
How Children Are Adjusted
Drs. Melissa and Michael McCue will take a case history and perform a chiropractic exam to determine if spinal subluxations exist. Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to fit a child’s size, weight, and unique spinal condition. They are both gentle and specific to the child’s developing spinal structures.
Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and look forward to subsequent visits. They also report that their children experience a greater level of health while under regular chiropractic care.
Tethered Oral Tissue Bodywork (Tongue, Lip, Cheek Ties)
TOTs refers to a fascial restriction that can cause tension in the mouth, skull, body or neck. It can be located under the tongue, in the cheeks, and/or under the lips. TOTs can negatively affect breastfeeding and bottle feeding, chewing and swallowing, speech, sleep, breathing and body movement or posture. There are many symptoms of TOTs and not every child will have the same symptoms.
Infants can present with poor feeding, breast or bottle, lack of weight gain, reflux, excessive gas, constipation, mouth breathing, torticollis (persistent head tilt to one side), favoring a side to look at or lay on, misshapen head and colic. Some infants will fail to meet developmental milestones such as sitting up, rolling over, or crawling on all fours when a tethered oral restriction is present.
Toddlers and older children can present with speech delays or articulation problems, developmental milestone delays, headaches, neck pain, reflux, gagging, choking or spitting up food, texture sensitivities, digestive disorders, mouth breathing or poor sleep.
Tethered oral tissue creates a body imbalance which can create a brain imbalance. Starting from week 10 in utero, a newborn with TOT is swallowing with restrictions. Tethered Oral Tissue Bodywork is to create an environment that is functioning at its optimal level pre-release and post release.
Thanks to Dr. Melissa and Dr. Mike, I was able to understand the power of chiropractic care. More importantly they helped erase my fear of going to the chiropractor with their techniques and their patience for explaining each and every move. THANK YOU!
Dr. Melissa is great. Got to my 1st appointment early and didn’t have to wait at all. She explained everything before and during the adjustments, took a good amount of time to learn my medical history and all of my ailments… and my pinched nerve (the reason I made the appt.) was better within 2 days! She was also very accommodating to my schedule and understanding on a last minute cancellation due to a migraine and in general very friendly and kind as is her son who was the receptionist.
Dr. Melissa is such a pleasure to work with. Incredibly pleasant, knowledgeable, and amazing with children! We first started going to Colonial Valley Chiro for my infant son’s acid reflux issues. Not only did Dr. Melissa help him get through that, but she has also helped us identify and improve a subluxation that prevented my son from crawling properly. Thanks to her treatment plan, he not only started crawling properly, but his progress has skyrocketed and within a few short months he started crawling and running! We can not thank her enough and are so happy to have been referred to her care.
I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Melissa! We found her after my son had been through three rounds of antibiotics for ear infections basically in a row. I heard chiropractic care might work and I was ready to try anything. She made my one year old feel comfortable within the first visit. The second visit I remember him going from being too stuffy to nurse to able to breathe through his nose about a half hour after his adjustment. I was a believer then. Through the months that followed Dr. Melissa provided support not only in person, but through text as well. She taught us a lot about ear infections, showed us massage to prevent, and talked to use about supplements to support his immune system. Several months after seeing her, my son’s fluid (which doctors thought would never drain) was completely GONE. I couldn’t believe it! I can not recommend her enough and will always go for adjustments over antibiotics in the future when it comes to my little guy’s ears. It WORKS!
Great experience & really friendly staff!