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  • Writer's pictureDr. Stacey Cantrell

5 Must-Haves for Choosing the Right Chiropractor

Updated: Jan 5

If you are a parent who is part of our community, whether on socials, the website or have physically been in our practice, you’ve undoubtedly witnessed the heartwarming sight of numerous children running through our office. However, what truly distinguishes us as a pediatric-focused chiropractic office extends far beyond the array of toys, snacks, and upbeat atmosphere we intentionally cultivate (even though we love it all!).


In this blog, we want to dive in and explain to you the five fundamental elements that set us apart from traditional chiropractic offices. This knowledge will not only equip you with the insights needed to make informed decisions regarding your child’s health but also position you as a guiding force for friends and family seeking similar care. 


The 5 Must-Haves in a Pediatric Chiropractor


1. Advanced Pediatric Education + Training

We understand that education is just one part of being truly knowledgeable, especially when it comes to caring for your child. That's why we are wholeheartedly dedicated to going above and beyond by seeking additional and advanced training, an absolute must when it comes to handling pediatric cases.


Our team puts in a minimum of 80-100 hours in ongoing training, ensuring that we are always up-to-date with the latest advancements in pediatric chiropractic care. We believe that continuous involvement in advanced training is essential for delivering the best care to your little ones.

A skilled Pediatric Chiropractor that you want on your care team is someone who is constantly learning, improving their skills, and striving for better clinical outcomes. We not only meet these criteria but go the extra mile by investing in monthly training sessions. We are actively part of a network facilitated by PXDocs, which includes hundreds of pediatric chiropractors. This network provides us with the most advanced and specialized training in Pediatric and Family Care within our profession.  We are committed to staying at the forefront of pediatric chiropractic advances for your child’s benefit. 


2. High Level of Clinical Experience

At our practice, we also want to assure you that it’s not just about the number of years we’ve been around - it's about the quality of experience we bring to the table.  Our Pediatric Chiropractors have gone through rigorous training and specialized programs, focusing on addressing the unique challenges your child and other children often face. 


We believe that the proficiency of a Pediatric Chiropractor isn’t solely determined by age. Some of the most accomplished Pediatric and Family Chiropractic practitioners are relatively young. What sets us apart is our commitment to concentrated training and hands-on experiences in high-level pediatric programs and offices.


At our practice, pediatric care is a priority, dedicating a significant percentage of focus to children. This includes handling complex neurological cases such as Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Seizures, Sensory Processing Disorder, and more. This deliberate focus allows us to excel in providing specialized care for your child. 


3. Incorporates Advanced Neurological Examinations

Is your pediatric chiropractor using INSiGHT scanning technology, or are they relying solely on basic exams like posture and palpation?  What sets us apart is our utilization of cutting-edge INSiGHT scanning technology. Going beyond standard exams, we delve into the intricate functions of the central and autonomic nervous systems.  The NueroThermal, EMG, and HRV scans included in this technology provide invaluable insights that contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of your child’s health. This approach provides a comprehensive baseline for creating personalized care plans and allows for continuous progress evaluation. 


If you’ve experienced a lack of continued progress assessments with other chiropractors, it’s important to consider the incorporation of scanning technology. If your child’s adjustments seem repetitive and identical every time, it’s likely because your chiropractor is not utilizing scanning technology. Your child deserves the best, and we’re dedicated to providing the highest level of care through innovative and effective methods.


4. Utilizes a Multitude of Adjusting Techniques

We understand that every child is unique, and, as parents, you always want the best for your little ones. That’s why our team has dedicated time and expertise to master all available chiropractic techniques. Our focus is on choosing the right techniques tailored to the specific needs of your child rather than relying on personal preference.


While delving into the details of chiropractic methodology may seem complex, the core concept is simple – each case is unique. In pediatric chiropractic care, factors like birth trauma, exposure to toxins, illnesses, and emotional stress contribute to an individualized case history for every child. We carefully consider these diverse factors. Failing to do so and not customizing the adjusting technique and approach to each child's specific needs may hinder positive clinical outcomes. Instead of sticking to personal preferences, our team follows a singular guiding principle – figuring out exactly what your child needs for the best possible care.


5. Recommends a Customized Care Plan

When we are caring for your child, how often and for how long we tailor their care plan is crucial. Our care plans are backed by science to ensure your child gets the right adjustments at the perfect times, promoting positive, lasting neurological changes.


Unlike some general family chiropractors who offer generic or sporadic care plans, these might not be effective in making neurological improvements in stressed and subluxated children. What really matters is a personalized approach - care plans that are driven by data and shaped by experience. That’s what your child needs for best results. 


Closing Thoughts and Next Steps

If you're feeling unsure about what to do, know that we're here to support you. Our team consists of parents who get your worries, and they're ready to talk about how chiropractic care has made a positive difference for their families. We want to share our experiences and have open conversations with you.

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Don’t hesitate to reach out to Pine Coast Chiropractic today!  If you are not local to us, check out our PX Docs directory to find a trained and ready PX Doc near you. Remember, the well-being of your child rests in your capable hands, and we're here to help, empower, and support you along the way!


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