INFANCY AND CHILDHOOD
A Happier, Healthier You
Chiropractic care is VITAL in infants, young children, and beyond!
Most people think spinal dysfunction and/or degeneration starts later in life. It actually starts....at birth!
Pressure forces whether due to strong contractions, hormonal augmentation of the natural contractions, or other medical intervention (forceps, vacuum, c-section) can lead to altered mechanics of the atlas (top bone in the spine) leading to disturbances of the cerebellum and brainstem.1
NOTE: Survival of the newborn is governed by the integrity and function of the vital centers in the brainstem.
In one study, 1,250 babies were examined within 5 days of birth. 95% of these babies not only had spinal misalignments (which could lead to nerve dysfunction) but also had cervical (neck) strain. 2
Nerve dysfunction associated with birth trauma may result in breathing weakness, mood irritability, digestive disorders, difficulty with feeding and attachment, sleeping problems, immunity deficits, and neurological impairment. 3
A case series looked at breastfeeding moms who were not able to exclusively breastfeed their infants. It was found that each child had an average of 2 misalignments (most notably in the neck and shoulder). Following chiropractic care, 100% of moms reported improvement in attachment to breast. Other outcomes included decreased arching, shaking, feeding stress, feeding pain, and side preference.4
Once children are mobile, there is a another set of stresses put on them...from the many bumps and falls while learning to crawl/walk to high impact sports involvement. Regular chiropractic care can help with treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal injury.
Please contact us if you're ready to help your child THRIVE!
It is important to realize that chiropractic is not the treatment of any condition. The purpose of chiropractic is to find and reduce stress and interference to the nerve system, allowing the person to experience greater function and an overall improved quality of life.
Ritzmann D. Birthing interventions and the newborn cervical spine. Biedermann H. Manual Therapy of Children. London, UK: Churchill Livingston, 2004 p. 80
Frymann VM. Springall P. Effect of Osteopathic Medical Management on Neurologic Development in Children. JAOA. 1992;92:729
Biederman H. Manual therapy in children: proposals for an etiologic model. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2005; 28 (3): e1-e15
Stewart A. Pediatric Chiropractic and Infant Breastfeeding Difficulties: A Pilot Case Series Study involving 19 Cases. Chiropr J Aust. 2012;42:98-107.