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Diplomate in Chiropractic Pediatrics

The Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (DICCP) is a Board Certified credential in pediatrics for doctors of chiropractic administered by the ICA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics. Doctors with the DICCP credential are doctors who have completed this 3 year post-graduate specialty level training co-sponsored by a CCE-accredited (or equivalent internationally) chiropractic institution and demonstrated competency in both the written and oral examinations conducted by the International College of Chiropractic Pediatrics, the testing body for the DICCP credential.

The Chiropractic Philosophy of Health

Chiropractors appreciate that the body has an inherent ability to be well.  They understand that the body is an interconnected whole and that impaired function in one area can affect other areas as well.  Pediatric chiropractors enhance your child’s health by releasing joints that aren’t moving properly or to their fullest capacity, with the goal of restoring natural nervous system function.  In addition, since total health is more than just freely-moving joints, chiropractors also address proper nutrition, postural health and other principles of true wellness to help parentsraise healthy children.  With these tools, chiropractors optimize the health and inherent healing abilities of your children and help them live life at their fullest potential.

Why should your child visit Dr. Amy?

  • Chiropractic is one of the safest forms of health care.
  • Your child’s spine grows almost 50% in length during that first year. It’s this kind of tremendous growth and developmental changes which make a complete chiropractic examination so important in the early stages of your child’s life.
  • Studies have shown that newborn infants often enter the world with spinal trauma and stress due to the birth process.
  • A baby’s spine is very supple during the first few months of life and the doctor applies only a slight pressure to make spinal adjustments.
  • Under normal circumstances, pediatric chiropractic adjustments are painless and will not hurt your child.
  • Dr. Amy works closely with your midwife and/or pediatric doctor for complete collaberative care.

A pediatric chiropractor can help your child heal and attain true health.  Chiropractors look beyond symptoms to address a problem’s root cause.  When spinal or cranial joints don’t move properly (conditions called subluxations) they can irritate the nervous system— the nervous system that runs your child’s body.  This irritation may lead to problems in various body systems, depending on which nerve gets affected.  For example, nursing difficulties, poor sleep, and constipation can all result from nervous system irritation. Chiropractic care removes the source of irritation, allowing your child’s body to heal and operate properly.

What Is Craniosacral Therapy?

Everyone’s head is actually made up of many bones that move independently.  Sometimes, from birth trauma or trauma after birth, these cranial plates can become stuck and not move properly, putting tension on the underlying brain and related nerves.  Such tension can irritate the nervous system and hamper its ability to keep the body healthy and functioning properly. This can result in a variety of symptoms, including colic, nursing problems and ear infections.  Craniosacral therapy is an extremely gentle technique that releases these locked elements, thus relieving the nerve irritation and any resulting symptoms.  The treatment feels just like a warm hand gently holding your head.

How Can A Pediatric Chiropractor Help My Child Sleep Better?

Cranial bones that aren’t moving properly can interfere with the sleep center in the brain and prevent a child from being able to reach a state of deep sleep.  In addition, when children have trouble falling asleep or when they wake often, it may be because they have headaches, neck pain or other physical discomforts that keeps them in a shallow state of sleep.  Either way, when the locked elements are released, your child is able to fall into a deep, peaceful slumber.  Since these conditions may have many causes, your child will thoroughly examined on the first visit to determine the source of your child’s problem.

Common Conditions Treated with Pediatric Chiropractic

  • Ear Infections
  • Constipation
  • Colic
  • Birth Trauma
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Wellness
  • Nutrition

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