• Pediatric Chiropractic Care in St. Petersburg, FL

    In infants and children, neurological pathways develop at an extremely high rate. In fact, 65% of neurological development occurs within your child’s first year. If your child’s spine becomes out of perfect alignment, the pathway between the brain, spinal cord, and nerves to the body cannot operate properly. The high traction forces like rotational stresses and hyperextension of the head associated with the birthing process are very traumatic on a baby’s neck and spine, which results in brain, spine, and musculoskeletal injuries.

Pediatric Chiropractic

Chiropractic Care Can Correct a Number of Symptoms in Infants and Children

Realigning the spine as soon as possible after birth creates an optimal environment for the nervous system to develop properly and reduce risk for issues such as:

  • Ear infections
  • Torticollis (head tilted to one side, often noticed when breastfeeding)
  • Asthma & respiratory distress
  • Difficulty with feeding & latching
  • Colic
  • Acid reflux
  • Irritability
  • Digestive issues & constipation
  • Sleeping problems

Pediatric aged children learning to walk or stand often fall on their buttocks where the tailbone is located. The nerves in the sacrum (tailbone) control the bladder, and a malpositioned tailbone often leads to uncontrolled urinary symptoms such as bed wetting. A pediatric adjustment can prevent these uncontrolled symptoms.

What to Expect During Your Child’s Adjustment

At Primal Performance Spine & Sport, we love treating your little ones, and have extensive experience providing chiropractic care to babies and children. Some parents are apprehensive to bring their infants and children in to see a chiropractor, but a pediatric adjustment is incredibly gentle. An adjustment delivered to an infant or child is very different than an adjustment performed on an adult. The amount of pressure applied to infants during a chiropractic adjustment is equivalent to the pressure used when holding a tomato or grape and not squeezing it. It is very gentle, safe, and effective, and is not painful for your child.

Chiropractic care for your baby should ideally begin before birth with prenatal care. Dr. Natasha Maltese specializes in prenatal and pediatric chiropractic care in St. Petersburg, FL, and both she and Dr. Joseph Maltese are trained and certified to perform the Webster technique which can contribute to easier, safer births.


Call Primal Performance Spine & Sport today to schedule your consultation and learn how to give your baby a healthy start to life!

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