Dr. Colleen consulting with father and young patient on a pediatric chiropractic care plan.

Treating our youngest with care

Our caring team specializes in pediatric chiropractic care. Offering a range of services for infants and youth, whether you are seeking chiropractic care or craniopathy for breastfeeding support, tongue tie, or any other health issue, we are here to help even our youngest patients find the turning point in their health.

Chiropractic Care For Kids

Children, toddlers, and infants are all prone to fixations (misalignments) of the spine and extremities. It is extremely important to find and correct any fixations that may have occurred from the birthing process, or the numerous repetitive motions children go through when learning to sit up, crawl, and walk. That's why maintaining routine pediatric chiropractic care is important.

Many spinal problems in adults can begin as early as birth. Birthing methods can stress an infant’s spine and nerve system. The result to the nerve system can be the cause of many newborn health problems such as colic, breathing problems, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions, and chronic infections. Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, it is beneficial to have newborns checked immediately. Learning to hold up the head, sit, crawl, and walk are all activities that affect spinal alignment.

Please note that pediatric chiropractic care, including adjustments, are modified to the child’s size, weight, and unique spinal condition.

Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding not only strengthens the bond between a mother and her child, but it also brings nutritional and other health benefits. While it may not be the route for everyone, many mothers who want to breastfeed but struggle with it can walk away feeling discouraged and defeated.

We want to reassure you — breastfeeding is not something that always comes “naturally”.

Occasionally, babies have dietary sensitivities that cause them so much gastric upset that they no longer breastfeed well. Biomechanical issues of the spine or cranium, or structural issues such as tongue tie, can also make breastfeeding challenging.

When breastfeeding starts or becomes difficult, a mother may not know where to turn. We want to be a caring resource for you.

Reasons to consider a chiropractic consultation for breastfeeding:

If your baby is experiencing:

  • Latching difficulties
  • Slow weight gain (less that 0.5oz per day)
  • Too much weight gain (more than 1 ounce per day)
  • Colic/Inconsolable crying
  • Spitting up

If you are experiencing:

  • Latch pain or pain all through breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding pain on one side
  • Low milk supply
  • A need for a nipple shield
  • Nursing for long periods of time

Infant Biomechanical & Structural Issues

Baby sleeping with hand in adults hand.

Our chiropractic physicians at Turning Point can determine if there is a biomechanical issue of the spine or cranium that is inhibiting a baby from latching properly, if there is a dietary issue that is causing the baby to be unhappy at the breast, or if there is a structural component that is not allowing proper transfer of milk from mom to baby.

Chiropractic care and craniopathy aim to find the source of the tension or torsion that is causing these asymmetries and misalignments which lead to a poor breastfeeding relationship.

Structural issues that inhibit breastfeeding can include tongue-tie, lip-tie, and buccal ties. In order to have a proper latch, a baby must be able to open his/her mouth wide, get the mother’s nipple deep into their mouth and placed properly into the palate, bring his/her tongue to the gum line and keep it there, all while waving the back area of the tongue to form a seal and suction so that breastmilk can be extracted from the breast. A “tied” baby will not be able to perform one or more of these functions. There are many levels of severity for tongue, lip and buccal ties.

Biomechanical issues may present in a number of ways that you may observe:

  • A baby that cannot open his/her mouth wide and therefore has a shallow latch causing pain.
  • A head tilt or torticollis causing an asymmetrical latch that doesn’t have a good seal.
  • An asymmetrical or high palate that does not allow for proper placement of a mother’s nipple causing pain or decreased milk transfer.
  • Moderate to severe tightness in the head and neck that does not allow for the necessary movements of the tongue and jaw to efficiently transfer milk from mom to baby.

At Turning Point Wellness Center, if we have any indication that there is a tie present that is inhibiting function, we will refer you to a tongue-tie specialist for a consultation and possible revision of the ties. Many of the specialists we refer to recommend several sessions of body work prior to release of any ties. We will also refer for a lactation consultation, if necessary, to help a mother navigate through breastfeeding.

Chiropractic care for all ages

To learn more about how we can be a resource for you and your child, either through
breastfeeding support or chiropractic care for other health needs, please reach out to us.