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Cranberry Twp Pediatric Chiropractic

Dr Rupp adjusting a young boy

We embrace the love, unpredictability, and chaos of life with kids!

Our office prides ourselves on not just being a kid-friendly practice, where kids are tolerated, but a kid-focused one, where our little ones take the priority. While it certainly leads to more commotion and spontaneity at times, we wouldn’t have it any other way!

Dr. Andrew has had a passion for caring for kids since before starting chiropractic school and has pursued the top pediatric certifications and training programs available. Since early on in his education he was involved with and a leader in the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s pediatric certification as well as the Epic Pediatrics training program. His goal was always to become the best pediatric chiropractor possible.

When To Start Pediatric Chiropractic Care in Cranberry Twp

Many ask us why we see children or when their child should undergo a tonal chiropractic examination. The birth process, no matter how natural or uneventful, is a traumatic event for an infant. This is even more true when the birth involves use of the hands, forceps, or vacuum extraction to pull the child from the birth canal or if a cesarean section was performed. When we’re able to see newborns shortly after birth, the stress on their nervous system has had less time to take root, leading to a less significant tonal shift that is easier to correct.

The important role that pregnancy and birth plays in the health of a newborn is one of the reasons we’re so passionate about prenatal chiropractic.

As you can imagine, a child doesn’t have to be experiencing back pain, headaches, or have other discomforts to be suffering from a tonal shift! Some of the secondary conditions we frequently see in kids are colic, acid reflux, ear infections, allergies, asthma, sensory processing disorder, bedwetting, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

For example, in a child suffering from chronic ear infections, an underlying cause may be a shift in the top of their spine, causing tension on the Eustachian tubes and not allowing the ears to properly drain.

Wellness and Function

gas vs brake illustrationAnother common example involves the function of the nervous system. There are 2 sides to the nervous system: the calming brake pedal (parasympathetic) side and the stressful gas pedal (sympathetic) side. Your brake pedal is responsible for promoting growth, development, rest, digestion, and immune system function, while your gas pedal is your “fight or flight” system that is supposed to be used for emergencies.

A Tonal Shift in your spine and nervous system causes your brain to perceive the world as stressful and activates your gas pedal, shutting off your rest, digestion, and immune system. Developmental biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton said it best:

You can’t be in growth and protection at the same time.

Dr. Bruce Lipton

As you can imagine, if your body is constantly stuck in survival mode, it will lead to short-term and long-term challenges. In children, we often see this manifest as colic, ear infections, sensory processing disorder, immune challenges, and ADHD.

If you’re wondering if a tonal shift may be affecting your child’s health, schedule a complimentary consultation for us to answer any questions and explain what is involved in a tonal chiropractic examination. Remember, at Thrive Chiropractic a consultation is always a conversation, not a commitment!

Reach out to us to get started with our pediatric chiropractor in Cranberry Twp.


Pediatric Chiropractor Cranberry Twp, Warrendale, Wexford, Mars, Butler, Pittsburgh PA | (724) 799-2248