Many parents wonder if their children can go to a chiropractor. The answer is "Yes!"

At Chiropractie Wassenaar we actually see a lot of children, about 40% of our patients are younger than 18 years.

As children grow and develop, minor spinal blocks or other problems can develop. These movement restrictions usually go unnoticed at first, but can affect overall health later on.

Chiropractic is not only very effective but also very safe due to the careful techniques that are used.

Margreet Leemhuis, Chiropractor


Complaints in children often arise from a fall when learning to walk, playing, sports or, for example, a bad sitting posture at school. These events can lead to stiffening of the back muscles, causing one or more vertebral joints to move less well and to become stuck. Ultimately, this can impede nerve function from that part of the spine.

There can also be birth defects such as scoliosis. Treating scoliosis early can prevent problems later in life.


Children cannot be viewed as small adults. The complaints that children have do not always express themselves directly in pain in the affected area, but in other ways, such as head and stomach pain or other behavior (for example, being extra busy or fatigue). A chiropractor tries to find out the cause of this pain or complaints. Vertebral blocks can be a cause. Below are the possible indications to consult a chiropractor:

  • Headache, neck pain or back pain.
  • Abdominal pain or constipation.
  • Developmental problems.
  • The child does not crawl normally or skips crawling.
  • Fall regularly; walk with one foot turned in / out.
  • Clumsiness (motor problems).
  • Leg pain or growing pains.
  • Other behavior, such as hyperactivity.
  • Reduced resistance.
  • Ear infections.
  • Asthma and other respiratory problems.
  • Bedwetting.
  • Sleep problems.
  • Bad posture.

Primitive reflexes

Primitive reflexes are automatic movements that a baby's body performs. After a few months, these primitive reflexes have to give way to new movements and are slowed down. When a child cannot control his primitive reflexes, his nervous system becomes unbalanced.

A physical examination can determine whether the child still has uninhibited primitive reflexes. If so, it is possible to replicate specific developmental stages by repeating basic early developmental movement patterns. This gives the brain a "second chance" to move through the stages that were incomplete in the first year of life.

With the right exercises and chiropractic treatment, these reflexes will integrate and neurological development will take a leap.

Our methods are based on the Rhythmic Movement International (RMTi) and Institute for Neuro Physiological Psychology (INPP) methods.
On our YouTube channel you can see videos of the testing of these reflexes and the exercises for integration.