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How I stopped my child from being clumsy

You can read here on how I stopped my child from being clumsy, but wanted you all to know that falling and clumsiness can occur for a bunch or reason.  Some children require physical therapy because they could have a more serious issue.  This worked for us and thought I’d share our experience and maybe help someone else.

My youngest son is the definition of boy…messy, rambunctious, and always on the move.  He runs everywhere, never stops wrestling with his brother and sister around the house, and absolutely loves playing football.  And whatever he does, he goes 100%…full throttle.  His wrestling coach’s biggest concern, as he often explains, is teaching him to harness all that energy and release it at the right time.

kids sitting on step with bandaid on knew

Help for clumsy kids

He has always been a little clumsy and uncoordinated, but I noticed it was getting worse as he turned 4.  He would run in the grass and, out of nowhere and for no apparent reason, trip and fall. He would even do this when no one was paying attention to him so I knew he wasn’t doing it on purpose. We found something that helped us, so I thought I could share what worked for him and could help other clumsy kids.  

One time he was coming down the stairs and fell on his face.  We had to take him for x-rays because we thought he broke his nose.  He would walk down the hall and bump into the wall.  He would fall out of the chair as he went to sit down at dinner.  His body was getting beat up. People thought he was such a klutz.

I was concerned that this clumsiness was causing some major injuries. And, as you can tell, this just wasn’t sporadic. This happened every day and, sometimes, multiple times a day. Finally, when he got the injury below, I knew I had to do something to help. He was really going to get hurt and injure his brain and eventually have an impact on his mental health.

closeup of kids head with big goose egg on forehead from falling

How I stopped my child from being clumsy

That’s when I decided to make an appointment with the chiropractor.  I had never been to one; however, I had heard good things from our neighbors and friends who were advocates and were helpful when I had a million questions.  Additionally, I found a chiropractor who specialized in children.  I just knew he must have injured himself with all the falling.

We went to the initial appointment and she did a variety of scans on his back.  We went back a few days later to review the results and discuss a corrective action plan.  What she told me was a real surprise! 

She said that his lower back was really out of alignment. And that was the reason why he was falling so much!  I never thought that there could be a cause for his falling. I just thought he was clumsy. That said, I was still skeptical, but decided we had nothing to lose and was encouraged that his coordination and balance would improve.

How to stop being clumsy

The corrective action plan was fairly simple.  We ended up taking him twice the first week to be adjusted, then an additional 2 times the next week.  Over time, I noticed that he wasn’t falling as much. After that, we spaced out his visits.

We went weekly for a couple of weeks, then every 2 weeks, then monthly.  It was working.  My clumsy little boy was not clumsy anymore!  I watched him run and play with no injuries. His movements were more controlled.

I never expected these results because I never realized that could have been even a problem.   Now, when I notice him fall a couple of times, I make an appointment for him to get adjusted again.  And that always does the trick!   He hasn’t been back in 6 months and still going strong.


Sunday 10th of May 2015

Wow it's like you are describing my almost 3 year old! He is so clumsy... His legs and arms and forehead always have bruises. He falls down all the time! Thank you for sharing, I will defiantly be looking into this more.

Hillary Cole

Thursday 7th of May 2015

This is such a great idea! I would have never even considered this an option!

Ashley Tukiainen

Thursday 7th of May 2015

I'm such a huge believe in chiropractic care! I've worked with several great ones in my career as a therapist. There is so much they can help with in the scope of their practice that it is just mind boggling. One even helped with my allergies! When I was a kid, they were so bad that I (metaphorically) needed a plastic bubble. Now I don't even have to take medications for them.


Wednesday 6th of May 2015

Wow, really interesting. I never would've thought of this!


Monday 4th of May 2015

This is so interesting! We have a clumsy one, too. I have loved the results I've seen from chiropractic care in the past, but it never occurred to me to take my kids in---especially for clumsiness. Thanks so much for sharing your experience. Definitely considering this now.


Monday 4th of May 2015

I never considered it either. I know not everyone will have the same results, but it's worked wonders for us.