Chiropractic for children is often very disconcerting for people to hear about but only until I put it into perspective! One of the most physically, chemically and emotionally stressful events of our lives is that of being born. Ideally, babies should be assessed and treated by a Chiropractor as a normal part of post-natal care to help alleviate spinal problems caused by constraint or abnormal positioning during the 9 months in uterus, or spinal distress from the descent through the birth canal and/or during the delivery process.
Infant birth trauma may or may not be obvious. Injuries can range from broken collarbones and dislocated shoulders to less obvious misalignments in the spine that go unnoticed until symptomatic. Left undetected and untreated, these misalignments can result in poor latching, colic, irritability, ear infections and more. Chiropractic adjustments for babies are a scary thought for most because they envision a similar treatment to that of adults, which is definitely not the case! A chiropractic adjustment of a baby is performed with the baby lying on mom’s chest. The adjustment is done with the fingertips and uses less pressure than you would to puncture a tomato. Some chiropractic treatments may also include gentle massage, for example, of the stomach to aid in the relief of gas.
Chiropractic care as an essential part of a child’s healthy upbringing does not end after the effects of birth trauma are corrected. The reasons to have a child’s spine looked at as they grow and learn are endless. Some milestones that have a larger impact on your child’s spinal health in their first year are gaining head control, placement in car seats for extended periods of time (especially if sleeping without proper support of the neck), sitting up, crawling, learning to stand and walking. These milestones all require a major shift in muscle control and spinal orientation.
A Chiropractor with pediatric training can detect any musculoskeletal abnormality through observation and gentle testing. No matter the reason for your child’s visit to the Chiropractor, be it an injury or a wellness check, the benefits of pediatric Chiropractic are endless. Go ahead and give your child the opportunity to live optimally!!