What happens during a Pediatric Adjustment?
First, the Dr. will start with a history of the pregnancy and delivery and any current health concerns.
Next an examination of your baby or child will begin by checking all joints and range of motion. Sometimes the baby will lie on an infant pillow that surrounds the baby but allows the doctor to easily be palpated. This includes the spine and hips, ankles, shoulders, elbows, and wrists.
Next, any reduction in joint play as well as any muscular imbalance will be noted and discussed with you, the parent, and ways to monitor and prevent the imbalance from occurring again.
Lastly if necessary an adjustment will be performed to correct any subluxation and finish up with cranial sacral work. At times the doctor will hold the baby or use the infant pillow and if it is beneficial, the doctor may have you hold your baby during the Adjustment. Pediatric Adjustments are applied a few different ways depending on the child. This can include an adjustment applied along the soft palate (mouth) to improve cranial bone movement and help with latching while breastfeeding. As a result, nursing and suction improves due to the ability to open their mouthwider and more comfortably. Other Pediatric techniques utilize an instrument to Adjust called an Activator. It is gentle and effective and Kids truly like it! Lastly the Dr. will review everything they found with the parent(s) and recommend any home care to improve lasting results.
Here is a link to a video of a Dr. Kolleen performing a craniosacral adjustment.