Chiropractic Care for Newborns

What is Chiropractic care for children?

Radcliffe Chiropractic Clinic is Nottingham’s leading centre for family care as Chiropractor Naomi Mills is one of the few Chiropractors in the UK to hold a post-graduate Masters in Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health. Naomi’s patient base is varied with pregnant women, newborns and children travelling to see her from Nottingham and beyond.

Chiropractic care in children and babies usually involves a combination of cranio-sacral therapy and extremely gentle spinal manipulation which is called "touch and hold." This involves very gentle pressure to the spine (imagine the weight of a 5 pence piece on your finger – this is the amount of pressure we use) and cranial work. We also give home advice and exercises to help you support your baby at home with their development.

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More and more families are turning to Chiropractors to support their child’s health and developing nervous system. Chiropractors do not aim to diagnose or treat specific conditions in children or adults of any age. Our goal is to restore motion to the spine to allow the body to regain function and heal itself. In clinic we often see that the first weeks of a child’s life are often influenced by their birth and we regularly attend and support Nottingham Home Birth Group.

At Radcliffe Chiropractic Clinic, our Chiropractors use gentle adjustments and cranial techniques on children of all ages as it helps to balance and relax the nervous system, soften tight and rigid tissues and support the functioning, integration and balance of the all systems in the body. This very gentle approach makes it perfect for working with very young babies and children.

A human nervous system is not fully developed until a child is around 3 years old. Chiropractic in children is aimed at helping their body restore a state of balance so they can grow and function at their best. When we take care of babies here at Radcliffe, we begin with a detailed history of pregnancy, birth and early life before conducting a thorough examination. The wonderful thing about babies and children, is that they heal remarkably quickly so they don’t tend to require many sessions, with 3-5 on average.

A typical adjustment involves very gentle pressure to the spine (imagine the weight of a 5 pence piece on your finger – this is the amount of pressure we use) and cranial work. We also give home advice and exercises to help you support your baby at home with their development. Tongue tie is also becoming a more important issue with infant feeding and our Chiropractor Naomi Mills is trained in how to diagnose tongue tie. This is something we check in every child whatever the age and then refer onto our contacts in the NHS to be confirmed and released surgically if needed.

Older children

Our Chiropractors are also very experienced in helping children from 3-17 years old with a variety of developmental, physical and postural issues. The majority of children sadly pick up back postural habits from their parents(!), spending time on computers and phones and by having to carry a heavy backpack. In fact research suggests that 76% of school aged children will have back or neck pain however often this is brushed off because we think they are too young!

Where children have already been seen by their GP or paediatrician who can’t find any medical reason why they may be struggling, issues could be due to a simple physical imbalance in their muscles or spine that can be resolved with Chiropractic Care. Chiropractors do not aim to diagnose or treat specific conditions in children or adults of any age. Our goal is to restore motion to the spine to allow the body to regain function and heal itself.

Just like adults, children can experience back pain, neck pain, headaches and joint problems and Chiropractic Care is a great drug-free way to help resolve these problems before adulthood. Bad or adverse reactions to treatment are seldom seen here in clinic with increased irritability being the most common issue. This is probably not very surprising though as just like adults, babies can react to the physical changes that happen during a treatment even if they have helped just like a post-massage ache that wears off after a few hours leaving you feeling great.

What about ‘Cranial Osteopathy’ for babies?

“Cranial Osteopathy” has become a buzz word for treatment needed by infants to help support optimal development in babies. However, this is simply a term used to describe cranial release techniques applied by an Osteopath. In our clinic the same cranial techniques are delivered by our qualified Chiropractor Naomi Mills. We believe the most important thing is that your child is seen by a clinician with a specific qualification in treating children which not all Osteopaths or Chiropractors hold as this training is not routinely provided in an under graduate degree.

Our chiropractor

Chiropractor Naomi Mills.

Naomi Mills

Doctor of Chiropractic
MChiro, MSc APP (paediatric musculoskeletal health)

I came into chiropractic after receiving treatment as a child and since I love meeting new people and lots of variety, becoming a chiropractor myself seemed the perfect career choice. I have an extremely rewarding job and spend a lot of my time helping women remain comfortable and active during pregnancy and then help their […]

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What our patients say

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Louise

Now my whole family are under care and I can't believe the difference it has made for all of us.

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We're a 'Chiropractic family'

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Chris

I can now enjoy the things I love to do such as playing football. I have noticed my posture has improved.

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Susan

I’ve been able to stay active throughout pregnancy which was so important to me (despite being warned I would probably have to spend my pregnancy on crutches!)

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