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Pediatric Chiropractic in East Brunswick

Why Do Kids Need Chiropractic Care?

Dr Freedman smiling at babyAt Freedman Chiropractic, we provide safe, effective chiropractic care for kids from a few hours old through their teens. In fact, Dr. Freedman checked and adjusted his own children immediately after they were born. He believes every child deserves the same care and great start in life.


The short answer is that babies and kids who receive regular chiropractic care thrive better. Every system in the body depends on the unrestricted flow of energy from the brain to function properly. Any interference in the nervous system interrupts this flow of energy, which means that none of the other systems of the body can perform as they’re supposed to. When your child’s body doesn’t function optimally, they are more susceptible to illnesses, don’t sleep as well, don’t get the best nourishment from the foods they eat, and may not hit development milestones at their full capability.

The most common cause of interference to the flow of energy over the nervous system is called subluxation. It’s caused when a vertebra is out of alignment and irritates the nerves, interfering with the flow of energy between the brain and body. Two of the most common causes of subluxation in newborns and infants are first, their position in the uterus during the last trimester before their birth. At this stage, the baby is often cramped, with their neck and spine twisted. The second cause of subluxation commonly occurs during the delivery, when doctors typically pull on the baby’s head and twist its neck, misaligning spinal bones and causing impaired nerve and body function.

Getting your newborn or infant checked and adjusted is important to give them the best start in life. Since babies learn and develop through their sensory experiences with the world around them, keeping their nervous system functioning optimally helps them learn better and develop appropriately. When their bodies are balanced, they have better muscle tone and so they can hit their motor skill, coordination and balance milestones on time.

Conditions We Treat

  • Torticollis
  • Colic
  • Digestive issues
  • Ear infections
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Developmental delays
  • Sports injuries
  • ADHD and behavioral issues
  • Scoliosis
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Bedwetting (Nocturnal Enuresis)

School-Aged Children

Carrying heavy backpacks and sitting in ergonomically awful chairs for long hours take a toll on children’s spines. Roughhousing, playing on the monkey bars and engaging in team sports also contribute to the physical stress they experience.

When your child’s nervous system isn’t functioning correctly due to subluxation, they’re less able to pay attention and learn in school. Although they may not experience subluxations as back pain or neck pain the way adults do, their nervous system is still operating sub optimally.

As adults, we know how difficult it is for us to pay attention and get our work done when we’re not feeling at our best. Kids may not realize they aren’t feeling “right,” but clues like getting every bug that’s going around, not being able to sit still in class, or complaints of frequent aches and pains can let you know that a chiropractic checkup is overdue.

adjusting child with activator tool

Our Expert Approach to Care

Dr. Freedman has been providing safe, gentle, individualized chiropractic care to infants and children for over forty years. He takes a vitalistic approach to care, which is a step beyond simple prevention. Vitalistic care seeks to identify and remove interferences that prevent the body from expressing as close to 100% of its full health potential. This means the patient can perform physically, develop intellectually and resist illness and other environmental dangers at the absolute highest level possible for them. Research proves that children who receive regular chiropractic care lose less time from school and have higher IQs, compared to children who do not receive regular care. Regular chiropractic checkups and adjustments are the foundation of a child’s healthier growth and development from birth to adulthood.

Your child’s visit starts with a health history and complete checkup, which takes about fifteen minutes. In addition to their spine, Dr. Freedman always checks kids’ feet. Making sure the feet are aligned supports a properly aligned spine. If, based on his years of experience, Dr. Freedman feels it’s clinically appropriate, he’ll begin care at this visit after receiving consent from the child’s parent or guardian.

The type of adjustments, frequency and duration of care are determined when Dr. Freedman performs the patient’s checkup. Our approach to care is completely customized to each patient’s needs and goals. With a broad base of expertise in a wide array of adjusting techniques, Dr. Freedman will design care that is safe, gentle, comfortable and effective for your child.

We’re not the kind of doctor that gives shots or medicine. We tell kids we’re going to turn their power on and have their body firing on all cylinders. Kids (and their parents) instinctively trust Dr. Freedman. He has over 40 years of experience, taught chiropractic analysis and adjusting techniques at New York Chiropractic College and was voted Best Chiropractor in 2017 and 2020 in the prestigious Home News Tribune’s Readers’ Choice Awards. Additionally, Dr. Freedman is a certified Backpack Safety America instructor. He can teach your child and you how to choose the right backpack, and how to pack, lift and carry it correctly.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a pediatric chiropractor do?

At Freedman Chiropractic, our pediatric chiropractors specialize in gentle, safe, and effective care for children of all ages. We focus on assessing and addressing issues that interfere with your child’s natural ability to move well, recover from illness, and their lifelong health and well-being. Using gentle techniques, we perform spinal adjustments to improve alignment and function. Additionally, we provide guidance on lifestyle factors, exercise, and ergonomics to promote optimal healing, proper development, and peak wellness in children.

What age should a child see a chiropractor?

Children of all ages, from newborns to teenagers, may benefit from chiropractic care. Parents often seek our services for their baby shortly after birth to address issues like torticollis, colic, constipation, and breastfeeding difficulties. We also provide care for older children and teenagers for natural relief of back, neck, and joint pain, headaches, drugless stress management, sports injuries, and distorted posture. Our pediatric chiropractor personalizes treatment to meet the individual needs of each child, ensuring safe and effective care at every stage of development.

Are pediatric chiropractors safe?

Absolutely! Pediatric chiropractic care is safe when performed by a qualified and experienced chiropractor trained in pediatric techniques. At Freedman Chiropractic, Dr. Ken Freedman’s 45+ years of experience enables children of all ages to receive safe and effective care. Dr. Ken is highly proficient in offering a variety of gentle, effective adjusting techniques, based on your child’s condition, age, size, and personal preferences to ensure a positive and comfortable experience.

Can a chiropractor help with child behavior problems?

While most people value chiropractic care for the relief of musculoskeletal issues, many parents have reported marked improvements in their child’s attention span and behavior after receiving chiropractic adjustments. However, the scientific evidence supporting this is limited. At Freedman Chiropractic, we work closely with parents and healthcare providers to support all aspects of a child’s health and well-being.

Is it safe for kids to get adjusted?

Most definitely! Pediatric chiropractic care is among the safest forms of health care your child can receive. With chiropractic care, there are no harmful drugs, time-consuming and expensive physical therapy, or dangerous surgery. Dr. Ken Freedman of Freedman Chiropractic is dedicated to providing safe and gentle care for children of all ages. Dr. Freedman personalizes his high proficiency in a wide variety of chiropractic adjusting techniques to meet the unique needs of each child. This ensures the most positive results, quickly, and comfortably during treatment. As with any healthcare intervention, we encourage parents to discuss any concerns with Dr. Ken and his team before proceeding with chiropractic care for their child.

Can chiropractors help fussy babies?

Many parents seek chiropractic care for fussy or colicky babies in search of natural and holistic solutions. While there is anecdotal evidence supporting the effectiveness of chiropractic care for fussy babies, scientific research in this area is limited. At Freedman Chiropractic, Dr. Ken Freedman offers gentle and non-invasive techniques to help soothe discomfort and support your baby’s overall well-being. We work closely with parents to develop personalized care plans that address their baby’s specific needs and concerns. We recommend consulting with Dr. Ken, at no cost or obligation, to explore all available treatment options and determine the best approach for your baby’s health and comfort.

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Pediatric Chiropractic East Brunswick NJ | (732) 254-6011