Chiropractic is a preventative medicine best started young.
Some common Questions:
Why would a child need chiropractic care? There is a lot of trauma that typically occurs as a baby is born. A difficult labor is stressful on the mother and fetus. The birthing process can involve twisting, pulling and distortion of the newborns spine. Some infants struggle to breastfeed (latch or suck) and this can be related to an upper neck misalignment. There are also studies linking digestive stress with lower spinal misalignment. Digestive distress can present as constipation, diarrhea or colic.
Do they receive the same adjustment as an adult? All adjustments are tailored to each individuals body and needs. With newborn babies the adjustment may be as light as the pressure you would place on your own eyeball with some range of motion to influence the direction of correction. There are also tools, such as an activator, that may be used for children who are uneasy about an adjustment. The activator is an instrument which provides a very gentle, specific and effective adjustment.
What are the benefits? A child receiving chiropractic care will see similar benefits as an adult but typically at a much faster rate. The longer a misalignment is present the longer the healing and recovery process can be. This is why chiropractors want to work with your baby from the day it is born and continue throughout his or her life time. Babies can see improvements in sleep, digestion, ear aches, latching/suckling and immunity.
When is a good time to start my child’s care? The best time to start your child’s care is TODAY. We are all created whole and balanced. The world has an unfortunate way of putting stress on our bodies from the day we are born. Help your child live in their optimum state with a fully functioning nervous system!