Practitioner Spotlight – Dr Christian Fludder

Dr Christian Fludder

B.Chiro.Sc., M.Chiro., DACCP
Advanced Paediatric Chiropractor (ACCP 2023)

Hi everyone!

My name is Christian Fludder and I am a chiropractor for children. I’ve been practicing for nearly 20 years (18 this year!) and the last 8 I have only been working with children. I’ve published a bunch of research papers, taught across Australia and internationally, and managed to help raise two monsters – I mean children – of my own.

But I bet I know what you are thinking: A chiropractor for children? Why would a child need a chiropractor??

Well let’s start at birth. Birth itself can be a pretty traumatic experience for both mum and bub, and not everything always goes to plan. Bubs can get stuck, they could be too big, or they might have been in the wrong position, and each of these factors can influence our presentation after being born. This could look like the child who has difficulty with breastfeeding; frequently pulling off or arching off the breast, or having a hard time with the attaching or latching process. It could be the child who is always turning to face in one direction and resists looking the other way. It could be that unsettled bub, who just seems to resist everything we try to do to stop them from crying all the time.

Well how about a little bit older? Maybe you have a six-month-old it was not quite rolling properly yet. Or the 10-month-old who is sort of crawling, but it’s more like a bum-shuffling kind of scoot. Maybe you have a 16-month-old who isn’t quite walking at all… .

And all of this is before we even get to the school ages! Once we get to this stage we’re considering falls, spills, sprains – the injuries we might get from playing sports or being involved or engaged at school.

How about balance? Did you know that by five years of age we should be able to balance on one leg for 10 seconds… with our eyes closed!

So you can see there are plenty of reasons as to why a child may need to attend a chiropractor. I’m just grateful that I get to work with patients that I find absolutely fascinating and enjoyable, and see them grow and develop so well.

If you have any questions or would like to chat about a particular situation that you may have I’d be more than happy to chat. We are here to help our community. One of my favorite sayings is “it takes a village to raise a child”, and I’d love to think that I could be a part of your village.