PEDIATRIC CHIROPRACTIC CARE
INFANTS | CHILDREN
Dr. Richard C. Gerardo specializes in pediatric chiropractic, helping infants and children lead healthier lives with chiropractic care. He has treated babies and children for his entire career spanning from 1985 to the present. During that time, he has treated infants and children with stiff necks, colic, stomachaches, gastritis, sleep problems, breathing issues, including allergies/asthma, nose bleeds and congested nasal passages, and all injuries related to sports.
Benefits of Pediatric Chiropractic Care
Many parents might not know the importance of taking their child to a chiropractor. From improved sleep to relief from colic, allergies and nose bleeds, chiropractic care can help your child in a myriad of ways. Chiropractic care is not just for adults. Infants and young children can also benefit from a trip to the chiropractor’s office.
FROM THE DOCTOR…
Over the years, my skills have evolved to cover anything related to the cranial sacral system and the problems related to the birth process including the latching and transfer of milk. A great deal of what I have been doing is removing the compromise in the system that is impeding a healthy growth and development in all the children he treats. I understand the mechanics of the face, jaws and airway which means that the object of treatment is to support and facilitate the healthy growth and development of all the children that he treats.
Over the years, I have evolved into a specialist on the growth and development of the dental arches, jaws and faces. All of the treatment is based on oral cavity (Mouth) development and what they should look like as the children grow and develop. The object is to facilitate the growth of a full healthy smile as well as healthy breathing patterns especially nasal breathing. This has evolved over the years while working with Dentists in our co-treatment model improving children’s health and size and shape of dental arch and airway. The reality is that this truly a wholistic whole body approach from the bottom of their feet to the top of their heads.
I have treated countless cases developing the dental arch as well as improving their airway while the dentist is using a functional appliance to stimulate and support the growth and shape of the dental arch. The preferred dental appliance is the A.L.F .which was developed by Dr. Darrick Nordstrom, who was a mentor for many years His training started with Dr. Nordstrom over 20 years ago. It is the most compatible Dental appliance to the cranial-sacral system and the most functional approach to develop the growth and development of the dental arch. There are many approaches and appliances that are valid and will get the job done but this approach is the most compatible with the cranial sacral system.
Understanding all of this leads me into the treatment of babies as you can’t put appliances in babies’ mouth as they have no teeth. The techniques are to develop the dental arch and make sure that the bones will keep growing and developing properly until it holds all the teeth so that you don’t have to pull teeth. The idea is that the bones grow and develop to fit the teeth and not vice versa.
The healthy cranial rhythm of the child will always be the primary focus when treating them. The reality is that it is very difficult to give the parents any home therapy as the cranial rhythm is hard to feel and correct. So, what evolved from all the treatment of babies over the years was to use the rhythm of the mother’s heart to synchronize treatment to.
The baby felt and heard the mothers heart beat for the entire pregnancy. It is a very calming and soothing way to treat the baby and much easier for the parents to copy. It guarantees that the parents have home therapy to support my treatment.
I have found that having this technique so that the Dads can share in to be of major importance as the moms need to rest and dads need to feel connected to the baby and this has become a very important way for them to give mom a break. So I always recommend that the dads come in to get this training .
Molding of the skull as well as the oral cavity are major emphasis with my babies which helps all the other problems that are present in the child. The most common conditions that I am asked to treat are related to breast feeding, stiff neck, upset digestive system, and misshaped skulls,
It is been my experience that almost all babies can benefit from a treatment from a Dr or therapist who does cranial therapy on the baby as it balances and calms the nervous system. The birth process is stressful on mother and baby. Medicine and pediatrics increases stress on the baby and the mother with their intervention and is not calming.
My objective is to reduce as much stress on the baby and mother as I can and promote a healthy growth and development of the child.
—Dr. Richard Gerardo D.C. C.S.C.P.