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Pediatric Chiropractic Care in CT

A pediatric chiropractor is trained in the care of newborns, babies and children through gentle, low-force adjustments to spinal structures. At ViVO Chiropractic ®, we provide high-quality pediatric chiropractic care using kid-friendly approaches that are parent-approved. We see children from days-old-newborns to those in their teens.
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Benefits of Pediatric Chiropractic

By providing your child with excellent spinal health as early in life as possible, many common problems and developmental issues can be avoided. Here are just a sampling of conditions that respond rapidly and efficiently to our gentle treatment:

  • Asthma/Allergies
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Colic
  • Constipation
  • Ear infections
  • And More…

Regular adjustments ensure optimized spinal alignment and a fully functioning nervous system.

Some Success Stories

Here are some of the many success stories we’ve seen in the practice:

Sleep difficulties

A 6-year-old boy had difficulty sleeping due to high anxiety. After receiving chiropractic care, he was able to fall asleep better and stay asleep through the night. Mom and Dad were happy, too, as they were able to sleep without interruption.


A twin girl was born with torticollis after being cramped in the womb as her twin was taking up much of the space. The girl’s head was bent to one side. Throughout her care, we got her neck moving to the point where it was totally normal. No surgery was needed.

Inability to have regular bowel movements

A 5-month-old girl was having a bowel movement about every 7-10 days. After receiving chiropractic care over 6-8 weeks, she gradually increased the frequency of bowel movements and is having normal daily ones. “Had this baby not been treated, she could have developed chronic disease,” said Dr. April.

What to Expect

We will text or email parents paperwork prior to the appointment. This convenience is helpful as parents don’t have to try to handle paperwork and their child at the same time. We also recommend that your child is well-fed and well-rested.

If you need to change or nurse your baby, we can make accommodations for you. Need to dispose of a poopy diaper? We’ll take care of it!

The process we’ll go through is very similar regardless of your child’s age. For babies, we’ll also ask you how the pregnancy, labor and delivery were, as well as things like sleep and feeding history.

If your child is able to sit upright and be still, we can do testing with the surface electromyography (SEMG). Babies and kiddos of all ages can get a thermal scan. We’ll also look at your child’s level of attentiveness and degree of interaction with the doctor.

Rest assured that we will guide you through the process and will explain everything before beginning.

At this appointment, we’ll review the finding and give our recommendations for care.

These appointments are brief at about 5-10 minutes each. Your child will get adjusted and that’s it. We aim to make regular adjustment visits as efficient as possible. We have more than one way to give an adjustment, ensuring that your child gets exactly what they need.

icpa logoGiving Kids a FUN Experience

We have a table that goes up and down automatically. Boys and girls can take a “superhero” or “butterfly” ride to make it a fun experience. Children also are given a sticker after each adjustment as well as a healthy snack (when we’re not dealing with COVID-19) such as a banana, apple or clementine. We help promote healthy eating.

Spike, one of our stuffed animal puppets, also comes out to interact with our young patients. Our doctors also will play games such as peek-a-boo and connect with kids to establish trust. Some kids won’t even know you adjusted them; they think you just played with them. There are parents who don’t even realize it either that their child was adjusted. It is that gentle.

Book an Appointment

We look forward to helping your child to experience optimal health throughout childhood and beyond. Contact us today to book an appointment with one of our pediatric chiropractors!


Frequently Asked Questions

Is chiropractic safe for kids?

Yes, rest assured that it is entirely safe. Our chiropractors only use the gentlest techniques on children. There will never be any twisting or popping.

Is chiropractic painful?

No, not at all. Our chiropractors always use techniques that are age-appropriate. The pressure we use during an adjustment is no more than lightly pressing on a tomato to determine its ripeness. We also offer gentle adjustments with the Activator®, which is an instrument.

Why does my child need chiropractic care?

Up to 90% of all babies born in the US have some form of neck trauma through the birthing process. Plus, kids are always growing and changing. They can often experience pain or discomfort in their musculoskeletal system. That, along with the damaging effects of injuries such as bumps and falls, can result in the need for chiropractic care. If we can catch injuries early, that will decrease the possibility of permanent damage.

Can chiropractic help keep my child from getting sick?

While chiropractic doesn’t treat or cure anything, it helps promote a strong immune system. We’ve helped kids with a range of conditions, including colic, ear infections, digestive issues and more.

A mom who brings her children in for care had her first child adjusted since he was 4. She had a second child, a girl that got adjusted since the day she was born. The mom told Dr. April that when she brought her kids in for their annual checkup with the pediatrician, the doctor said to the mom, “What’s your secret? Your kids are never sick!” The mom said, “I take them to the chiropractor!” The pediatrician was quite surprised!

My child plays sports. Can chiropractic help?

Yes, chiropractic can help to prevent and treat injuries and allow kids to perform at their peak.

Why would I have my newborn or young child adjusted?

The process of childbirth, even under normal circumstances, may place significant stress on a newborn, potentially exerting 60-90 pounds of force on the infant’s neck. Chiropractic care aims to address any spinal misalignments resulting from this force, promoting proper alignment and potentially alleviating related discomfort.

Can chiropractic help with colic, and how?

Yes, chiropractic care can be beneficial for infants with colic. Colic is often thought to be related to disturbances in the digestive system. Spinal misalignments may disrupt the communication between the brain and the digestive organs, leading to symptoms like bloating, gas, and constipation, which are common in colic. Chiropractic adjustments can help restore proper nerve function, which may improve the overall functioning of the digestive system and alleviate colic symptoms.

How safe are adjustments for children?

Chiropractic adjustments are very safe for infants and children. The amount of force used on an infant is so small that it would not even bruise a ripe tomato.

How old were your children when they received their first adjustment?

Dr. Nick’s first child was 5 minutes old; his second little one was 10 hours old, and his third was two hours old.

How often should my child be adjusted?

It depends. For example, if they have an active issue, we recommend coming in multiple times per week. For wellness, a couple of times per month is ideal.


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