Can Chiropractic Care Be Beneficial for Developmental Delays in Children?

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Parents go to great lengths to ensure their children are well taken care of. They will buy them the best vitamins, schedule regular dental check-ups, and buy healthy, nutritional food.  What parents might not realize is that regular chiropractic care should also be included in the health regimen for people of all ages, including children.  Regular chiropractic care from a Bozeman chiropractor is not only good for optimal health, but it has also been proven to be a great resource for children, particularly those with developmental delays.  Developmental delays can include delayed motor skills, speech concerns, dyslexia or dyspraxia, or Attention Deficit Disorder, known as ADD.  If your child struggles in any of these areas, Dr. Cary Gentry of Waypoint Chiropractic can help.

Spinal Misalignments and Nerve Interference

You may be wondering what chiropractic care has to do with developmental delays.  Well, the answer is a lot!  Spinal misalignments happen when the vertebrae in the spine are out of place.  This can happen over time or because of an injury.  But when it does happen, it leads to nerve interference, meaning that the central nervous system, made up of the brain and spinal cord, can’t communicate properly with the rest of the body.  When the brain isn’t receiving messages properly, it can directly affect the development of children and lead to delays in speech, motor skills, and other areas of concern.

Chiropractic Care for Children

With gentle, regular adjustments, Bozeman chiropractor Dr. Cary Gentry can remove spinal misalignments and restore proper central nervous system function.  After careful examination, Dr. Gentry will make note of any spinal misalignments, correct these misalignments, and restore spinal and whole-body health once more.  The benefits of chiropractic care for children can include overall improved concentration, increased fine and gross motor skills, improved immune system function, better sleep and behavior, and an overall improvement of general health and wellness. The benefits of regular chiropractic care can be vast and long-lasting for children of all ages.

Will It Work for My Child?

Studies have shown that chiropractic is incredibly effective in improving development delays in children.  One study, in particular, focused on a 4-year-old boy with both fine motor and speech delays.  He was diagnosed with dyspraxia at an early age and was only beginning to speak words at age 4.  After receiving regular chiropractic care, he made noticeable advancements, adding hundreds of words to his vocabulary after only 15 adjustments.  Additionally, in another case study, 157 children, varying in age from 6-13, saw improvements in developmental delays of various kinds after receiving chiropractic care.  Overall, cognitive abilities increased while delays decreased.

If your child is struggling with developmental delays, it may be time to consider chiropractic care.  If you live in Bozeman, Belgrade, Manhattan, Three Forks, or any other surrounding towns, Dr. Gentry can help. Contact the team at Waypoint Chiropractic to find out more information about improving developmental delays and overall health for your child.


Cuthbert, SC., Barras, M. “Developmental delay syndromes: psychometric testing before and after chiropractic treatment of 157 children.” Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapy, 2009 Oct;32(8):660-9.

Troy, J., Dennis, T., Cade, A. “Developmental advancements following chiropractic care in a four-year-old child with dyspraxia and associated developmental delays: A case report.” Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, 15(1)

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