Chiropractic Children's Healthcare



Chiropractic Care
for Children

Chiropractic Children's Healthcare established the first clinic in Australia to provide chiropractic care just for children.

Research at Chiropractic Children’s Healthcare

At Chiropractic Children’s Healthcare we are committed to improving our and the chiropractic professions care of infants and children through involvement in research. In addition to being Australia’s leading centre for the provision of chiropractic care for children Chiropractic Children’s Healthcare is also Australia’s leading centre for chiropractic paediatrics research.


Current Research Projects


Does the location of dysfunction promote different behaviours?

Dr Christian Fludder and Dr Braden Keil


The typical presentations of infants are varied and many, and can include breastfeeding difficulty, unsettled behaviour, reflux, vomiting, or even developmental delay. This project aims to determine if there is an association with specific behaviour types and region of dysfunction. 




Instrument assisted delivery and the impact on cervical spine function

Dr Christian Fludder and Dr Braden Keil


Instrument-assisted delivery occurs regularly in Australia. This study aims to determine if there is a higher prevalence of restricted cervical spine range of motion (ROM) in infants born via instrumental delivery or Caesarean section compared to vaginal delivery without instrument assistance.




Glenohumeral Joint Dysfunction in Infants

Dr Braden Keil and Dr Christian Fludder


In a study by Mehta et al in 2006, shoulder dystocia, a cause of obstructed labour in which the anterior shoulder is unable to pass the pubis symphysis, was found to occur in 0.6-1.4% of all deliveries. Of these deliveries, 21-42% of neonates experienced various morbidities ranging from non-permanent brachial plexus injury to fracture and sudden cardiac arrest.

This raises the question – in the remaining 58-79% of shoulder dystocia cases in which morbidity was not recorded or identified, could there be alterations to normal joint function and range of motion?




Developmental outcomes in 5 year old children with plagiocephaly after chiropractic treatment as infants

Dr Braden Keil and Dr Carrie O’Neil


Infants with head asymmetry (plagiocephaly) have been found by research to have increased incidence of developmental delays with the developmental delay becoming apparent as infants and progressing to increased risk of learning difficulties in primary school aged children. Research indicates that 33 to 40% of infants with plagiocephaly will experience learning difficulties in primary school (normal community levels of learning difficulties is 7-8%). Our research is investigating if chiropractic care as an infant reduces the incidence of learning difficulties in 5-7 year olds.


Past Research conducted at Chiropractic Children’s Healthcare





The recognition of craniosynostosis when managing patients with plagiocephaly: two case reports of lambdoid craniosynostosis

Dr Carrie O’Neil and Dr Adam Stewart



Paediatric Chiropractic and infant breastfeeding difficulties: a pilot case series study involving 19 cases

Dr Adam Stewart


Chiropractic management of a 22 month old child with syncope: a case report and suggested management within the chiropractic clinic

Dr Adam Stewart