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  • Writer's pictureIan Shepstone

Key Considerations When Choosing a Pediatric Chiropractor

Embarking on the journey of pediatric chiropractic care demands careful consideration to ensure the best outcomes for your child. In the quest for a pediatric chiropractor, here are five critical elements to keep in mind.


1. Specialized Pediatric Training and Expertise


Not all chiropractors are created equal, especially when it comes to pediatric care. Look for a chiropractor who has delved deep into advanced pediatric training, with a commitment to ongoing education. Seek those associated with recognized programs that specialize in pediatric care. For example, Dr. Ian at Sprout Family Chiropractic is certified by the ICPA to provide pediatric care. Not only was he trained specifically to care for children, but he continuously learns and trains with colleagues to improve his care.


2. Rich Clinical Experience in Pediatric Cases


Experience is undoubtedly valuable, but it's the nature of that experience that truly matters. A chiropractor’s proficiency in pediatric cases, regardless of their years in practice, is paramount. Consider practitioners who have intentionally focused their clinical experiences on high-level pediatric programs, showcasing a dedication to children's health.


3. Integration of Cutting-Edge Neurological Assessments


Modern chiropractic care embraces advanced technologies for thorough evaluations. Opt for chiropractors who employ innovative tools like INSiGHT scanning technology. This technology offers a holistic view of a child's nervous system, facilitating personalized care plans and meticulous progress tracking. A reliance solely on traditional exams might limit the precision of care. At Sprout Family Chiropractic, we utilize the INSiGHT scans to get a picutre of how much stress a patient's nervous system is holding before care, during, and after. Tracking progress with each scan, Dr. Ian is able to keep care customized based off of science and data.


4. Diverse Adjusting Techniques, Especially Neuro-Tonal Approaches


The uniqueness of every child demands a chiropractor capable of employing various adjusting techniques. Look for practitioners skilled in multiple chiropractic methods, ensuring adaptability to each child's distinct needs. Flexibility in approach is pivotal for promoting optimal results in pediatric chiropractic care. For example, at Sprout Family Chiropractic, Dr. Ian utilizes techniques that use his hands to feel the spine, sometimes the muscle tone. He also uses techniques that utilize an adjusting instrument called an Integrator, which provides a gentle impulse to the subluxated joint. Dr. Ian also has certifications in the Webster Technique, which is a method specifically used for pregnant moms.


5. Thoughtful and Customized Care Plans


The care plan's significance cannot be overstated, determining the frequency and duration of adjustments. A proficient pediatric chiropractor crafts a thoughtful and customized care plan based on the child's condition. Transparent communication about the recommended frequency and duration of care demonstrates a commitment to providing individualized and effective treatment. At Sprout Family Chiropractic, located in Plymouth Michigan, Dr. Ian utilizes the patient's history, nervous system scans, and hands on exam, to create an individualized care plan based on the patient's specific needs.


Choosing a pediatric chiropractor is a significant decision that profoundly influences a child's well-being. By considering these five pivotal factors, parents can confidently navigate their choices and secure the best possible care for their child's health journey.









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Sprout Family Chiropractic is located in Plymouth, Michigan

We specialize in pediatric and pregnancy focused Chiropractic care

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