Chiropractic for Infants & Children
Most people do not realize that infants and children are just as much in need of chiropractic care as adults. Infants, in particular, are susceptible to a wide range of possible ailments related to slow or traumatic birth and c-sections. Sometimes just an uncomplicated birth due to in utero constraint can result in a need for chiropractic care.
The incision of a c-section is smaller and nowhere near as elastic as the birth canal. Pulling a baby out of this smaller incision by its neck or arm can cause injury to the neck or traction the nerves that originate in the neck when the arm is pulled. The resulting Subluxation can cause a delicate spine to grow in crooked and misaligned which can set the child up for pain, discomfort, other ailments and a lack of mobility later on in life. It can cause them to cry, to not sleep well, to spit up more, to have trouble moving their bowels, change how their brain works and develops. ( video with Karen P about her son Connor) You may have noticed that your baby tends to nurse more on one side or tends to turn their head more to one side.
These misalignments or subluxations put pressure on the delicate spinal nerves and interfere with the body’s ability to coordinate and control all phases of growth and development. Chiropractic for infants can help correct these potential problems through careful yet effective adjustments to remedy misalignments as they are identified.
Children particularly need pediatric chiropractic care as they age because a lot of the problems we experience as adults actually come from our childhood – either because we fell (think about how many times a day a baby falls when they are learning to walk, sometimes 10-20 times per day), broke something, or simply had poor posture (which is extremely common today).
Posture problems particularly result from spending many hours in front of a computer or television, or playing rough, or carrying backpacks all day long at school. Another cause of problems are: sports, dance, cheerleading, use of electronic devices and gymnastics. All of these activities exert a tremendous amount of stress on the spinal column – which can result in misalignments that can still cause pain and problems decades down the road.
It is best to deal with any potential injury, misalignment, postural problem or other ailment and condition as soon as possible when it is identified. Changes in the spinal cord affects the CNS (brain) and the stages of growth and development. Your baby or infant may not feel or be able to communicate about neck or back pain and still have a Subluxation. The only way to know is to have a chiropractor check for evidence of Subluxation. Chiropractic care that includes a system to check for Subluxation helps keep your child’s nervous system as healthy as possible through regular treatment.