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Chiropractic for Babies

Many parents choose to have their newborn assessed by a chiropractor to ensure their baby has the best start in life.

Highly specific, gentle adjusting techniques are used for babies. These use about the same amount of pressure as checking a Tomato for ripeness!

 

The focus of chiropractic care for children is to reduce interference to their nervous system (subluxations), therefore enabling their brain and body to communicate effectively with each other. A body that is functioning without subluxations will be able to self-regulate and self-heal more effectively, resulting in a happier, healthier and well balanced child.

 

How do I know if my baby has subluxations?

The only way to know for sure is to have your baby assessed by a chiropractor, however below are some signs that your baby may have irritation to their nervous system:

  • Difficulty breastfeeding or a weak suck
  • Irritable & uncomfortable baby
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Colic
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Abnormal posture, preferring to look to one side
  • Asymmetrical head shape & flattening of the head
  • Difficulty bringing up wind
  • Reflux
  • Constipation
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Torticolis (spasm of front neck muscles)

In the last 20-30 years there has been a marked increase in intervention during labour. Forceps, Vontoose (vacuum extraction), Caesarean section all place enormous stress on the spine of the newborn, particularly the cranials and upper cervical spine. Even if you have had a natural normal labour with no intervention, having your newborn checked within the first 6 weeks of birth may help to relieve them of spinal nerve stress which can cause them to be unsettled and irritable. Tension and disturbance of the spinal joints can have a wide-ranging effect on the baby’s body, from noticeable restricted movement (baby latching only on one side, or preferring to turn head to one side) to digestive issues and poor sleep patterns.

While parents take their children to a chiropractor for a variety of reasons, it is important to acknowledge that Chiropractors do not claim to “cure” conditions. The main purpose of  chiropractic care is to improve posture and spinal nerve communication thereby helping to improve overall natural function of the body.

Adjusting babies is very different to adjusting adults. The amount of pressure used to make an adjustment is no firmer than you would use to check the ripeness of a tomato and is either performed by hand or by using a instrument called an Activator. Adjustments are so gentle babies often sleep right through their appointment.
Did you know that 65% of neurological development (development of the brain and nervous system) occurs in your child’s first year? It is therefore so important to ensure that your baby can maximise their nerve function during this critical period in their development.
 

Chiropractic for Children

Chiropractic is a safe and effective treatment option for children of all ages

Chiropractic care helps keep children at their best

Generally, children respond much faster and more profoundly to chiropractic care than adults do. They have not subjected their bodies to the same years of abuse that we have.

Another major difference is that pain is not usually a primary complaint. This can make it more difficult for parents to know when kids need to visit their chiropractor. There are certain “clues” that we can watch for to gain more understanding in this area, such as postural changes, being off-balance, always tilting their head to one side, and running with a limp.

The following concerns are common reasons why parents bring in their children for chiropractic care, and although chiropractic care is not the cure for these health concerns, by restoring proper brain to body communication, it allows the body the best chance at functioning at its best:

1. The daily life of a child

We all know that part of being a child is learning through exploring our limits and pushing our boundaries. Sometimes this can result in accidents such as trips and falls. While children often appear to bounce back quickly from these common events, small amounts of damage can be done to the spine and if unchecked, this can result in larger issues later in life, so it’s a good idea to have them checked regularly from a young age.

2. Chiropractic promotes good posture and development

Gently adjusting the spine leads to enhanced posture and normal structural development. This in turn allows for optimal nervous system function and therefore improved general health and wellbeing

3. Enhanced immune system function

Patients commonly report getting sick less often and a decreased duration of sickness after starting chiropractic care. Our brains control our immune system organs so by removing nerve interference (subluxations) with chiropractic care allows better communication between the two. So it’s back to school sooner with the help of your family Chiropractor

4. Athletic performance

Professional athletes like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, and Usain Bolt have been going to chiropractors for years to keep their spine aligned and their minds sharp. Chiropractic has been shown to improve reaction time, helping kids compete at their highest potential from a young age

5. Reduces symptoms of Colic in infants

A study in the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics concluded that chiropractic adjustments may greatly reduce colic symptoms. Chiropractic adjustments are a drug free natural therapy to reduce symptoms of a fussy baby

6. Reduced rates of Ear Infections in Children

Biomechanical restrictions in the upper spine can compromise the nervous system and immune system, making your child’s ears a breeding ground for viral infection. Before you give your young child a course of antibiotics try calling your family chiropractor. Doses of antibiotics can lower a child’s resistance to super bugs later in life

7. Scoliosis

Young children should be checked for scoliosis regularly. School age children are usually checked for this but a chiropractor has been taught to spot even the slightest curvature. Scoliosis is an abnormal curve of the spine and if serious may cause serious lifelong problems. If detected early scoliosis can be managed and with corrective exercises and regular adjustments we can help to prevent further curvature

8. Enuresis (bed wetting)

Nerve system compromise can interfere with messages responsible for bladder control. Spinal adjustments can correct these disturbance in the nervous system

9. Spinal pain or Growing Pains

Yes, children experience pain like adults do. Kids are notoriously falling down bumping their heads. Spines big and small should be checked if they have had any major falls or hits on the head. If you or your children ever get in a car accident be sure to be checked by a chiropractor to make sure they there is no damage to your neck and nervous system. Pain of any type is a warning that something isn’t right. While considered a “phase they’re going through,” it’s usually a sign that biomechanical stress to the nervous system is present

10. Enhanced Digestion

Kids get tummy aches and constipation, but your chiropractor may be able to help. Adjustments help the nervous system and internal organs work better

11. ADHD

Many parents investigate conservative chiropractic care before exposing their children to psychotropic drugs. Reducing tension to the nervous system has produced excellent results for many.

12. Asthma

By reducing neurological compromise to the bronchial tubes, lungs and diaphragm with chiropractic care, attacks can often be reduced or eliminated.

Many of the hard-to-correct problems we see in adults are long-standing problems that began, and remained undetected in childhood. If you have questions, feel free to email or call us. We’re happy to discuss any concern without cost or obligation.

Gentle Techniques

Our Chiropractors choose to use gentle, specific techniques. These techniques vary depending on the unique needs of individual children and what stage of development they are currently in. Children love being adjusted at our centres and babies often sleep through the entire process!