It’s Better to Grow Healthy Kids Rather Than Repair Damaged Adults

Some people are surprised to see so many children getting adjusted in my office. And after the little ones leave the room, I often get asked:

“What’s wrong with that kid?” (always said with a voice full of concern, not judgment)

“Nothing at all.” I reply.

“I didn’t know little kids could have back pain…” they might wonder aloud.

It’s then that I get to explain why I love seeing so many children in my practice:

  • Because the little ones here are already healthy and their parents want to keep them healthy.
  • Because it’s better (easier, quicker, cheaper) to correct small issues as they come up rather than wait for them to snowball into larger problems years later when they become adults.
  • Because while these children are growing and developing, keeping their Nervous System healthy and strong will allow them to live their lives at their highest potential.


You see, it all starts with the birth process. Even during a normal labor and delivery, there is a tremendous amount of compression and then stretching of a baby’s delicate spine.

Think about this Moms: remember all that pressure and pain you felt during delivery? Well, you know that all of that pressure came from your baby’s head being pushed through your birth canal.

And remember how you held your baby’s head when they were first born? You were very careful cradling their head because they didn’t have the neck muscles to hold their head up on their own. You protected them especially when you passed your infant to another loved one because their neck and head was so delicate in those first few months.

So during delivery, all of that pressure you felt was also going onto your little baby’s head and neck. Birth trauma can be even more significant if any interventions (vacuum, forceps, c-section, etc.) are used in delivery.

The gentle chiropractic adjustments I deliver release the tension stored in their little body and nervous system from that pressure filled birth process. I have seen truly incredible results in infants with severe sleep disturbances, chronic ear infections, “colic”, difficulty latching on when breastfeeding, as well as many other problems. All of this within only a matter of a few visits just from correcting tiny misalignments in their spine.

With toddlers and older children, the busy job of growth and development involves many physical, chemical, and emotional stresses. Falls, spills, bumps and bruises are extremely common. They cause spinal, muscular, and nervous system tension to accumulate. “Growing pains”, digestion issues, asthma, ear infections, allergies, sleeping problems, recurrent infections, attention difficulties and learning issues also respond very quickly to care once that inner stress is released.

Since children have not yet established long term unhealthy patterns in their body, kids are able to heal so quickly and we can set them up for a lifetime of health and happiness.

With kids, for the most part, we don’t have to turn the direction of their health around…we just need to make sure that it keeps going in the right direction.

Parents bring their children to my office to grow their health as normally and naturally as possible rather than wait for health problems to develop.

So now do you know why I love seeing so many children in my practice?

It’s far better to grow healthy kids than repair damaged adults.



About the Author

Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. He is also the Wellness Care Coordinator at the CAP Wellness Center in San Diego, CA where 90% of his practice is pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old. Dr. Jay is a proud member of the ICPA and APPPAH (the Association or Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health) and the host of the podcast “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” in iTunes. His online program, “Connecting with Baby” guides pregnant women through processes to strengthen maternal bonding for a happier pregnancy, gentler birth and easier post-partum experience. Dr. Jay is also the proud father of his 3 year old son, Niko who keeps him very busy (and happy) outside of the office.