Babies and Chiropractic

Babies and Chiropractic!

Many parents come into our office and wonder: why should my symptom free baby be checked by a chiropractor? I am always happy to be asked this question as having two chiropractors as parents I got to experience the whole thing first hand and can vouch for the importance of it.

 

The answer?  As chiropractors we focus on your health and how to enhance it rather than “curing” disease. There are many things that happen within one’s body before it start showing symptoms. And not all of these symptoms are necessarily focussed on pain.

 

When we consider babies and Chiropractic, We know that suboptimal function of our systems all begins with trauma. And I hope you agree with me, but the act of being born doesn’t exactly sound like a holiday. Even uterine mispositioning and constraint can be traumatic! Birth is met by a whole lot of unpredictable scenarios and nowadays it doesn’t take long to make the decision of using instrumentation to help the birthing experience. Whether that is by forceps or vacuum, even c-sections and breech births are extremely traumatic for babies. However in most cases these procedures are necessary.

Neural Development

It is important to understand that 65% of neural development happens in the first year of a child’s life. Therefore it is important for the body to provide and environment where this development is possible. The spine and cranium’s main function is to protect the central nervous system, therefore if there is trauma to either of these two structures it will have an effect on the development of your child’s neurological development.

 

Some of the main things that parents come in looking for help for are:

  • To maximise their child’s plasticity (brain and nerve development)
  • To help meet motor and mental developmental stages
  • To enhance their child’s overall health and well-being
  • To enhance the immune system and digestive system
  • To improve spinal posture
  • To improve their child’s ability to concentrate
  • To assist with behavioural disorders and offer greater emotional well-being
  • To help alleviate bed wetting
  • To assist with sleep issues
  • Uneven head shape

 

 

You may think that is and odd list and you may wonder how some of these things are involved with the spine. Well if you know anything about the nervous system you would know that the brain literally controls everything in the body. If you get the nervous system functioning at its optimal state it will take care of all of these things itself! If you want to know more about how chiropractic affects the nervous system here is a blog briefly summarising it.

 

ADJUSTING BABIES

 

If you haven’t been to get your spine and nervous system checked by a chiropractor you may or may not have seen adjustments performed on adults. If you have, you must not worry, adjustment on babies look nothing like those used on us grownups! Different chiropractors use different techniques but they are all extremely gentle when it comes to the little humans, they vary from soft specific touches on the spine to gentle movements.

 

TO CONCLUDE… getting your baby checked by a chiropractor should be done as soon as possible in order to help their neurological development but generally simply to focus on keeping them healthy throughout childhood (I’ve been adjusted ever since and have taken antibiotics only twice in my life, and I’m not far from 30 😉 ). Secondly if you are expecting, I have written another couple of blogs on Self Care during pregnancy and Pregnancy and Chiropractic that you might find useful. If you want to have more information then you are more than welcome to give us a call and have a wee chat or book an appointment

 

Dr Sarah Spadon

Dr Sarah Spadon – Chiropractor

References

  • Barham-Floreani J. Well adjusted babies. 2nd edition, Well Adjusted (pg. 173-182)
  • Hannon SM. Objective Physiologic Changes and Associated Health Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments in Asymptomatic Subjects. A Review of the Literature. JVSR 2004. pg 1-9
  • MxMullen M. Physical Stresses of Childhood that Could Lead to Need for Chiropractic Care. ICA International review of Chiropractic. 1995;51 (1):24-28