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AUTHOR // Cole Bradburn, D.C.

http://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/Chiropractic/why-infants-need-chiropractic-care.html

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It is common to get strange looks from people I talk to about taking infants to the chiropractor. I know what is going through their heads: Is it safe? Babies don’t have back pain. Do babies get adjusted the same way I do? These are legitimate concerns for any parent, but to answer them I will begin with the most important question: Why?

  • 10 percent of the newborn babies had perfect, freely mobile skulls or cranial mechanisms.
  • 10 percent had severe trauma to the head, evident even to untrained observers.

  • The remaining 80 percent all had some strain patterns in the cranial mechanism.

Left uncorrected, this trauma continues to impact a baby’s spinal growth and development, reducing the healthy function of her nerve system. This can cause many health challenges later in life that could easily have been prevented.


Birth Trauma

Birth in its many different forms can be quite traumatic. While each birth is unique, there is always a chance that the baby suffers some sort of strain due to a variety of reasons. Even the most natural births can result in trauma that goes undetected. As researcher G. Gutmann has written, “The trauma from the birth process remains an underpublicized and therefore significantly under-treated problem.”


What can cause birth trauma?

  • Very short labor

  • Very long labor

  • Failure of the cervix to dilate

  • Use of Pitocin to strengthen/induce uterine contractions

  • Use of forceps or vacuum extraction

  • Cord around baby’s neck

  • Cesarean delivery (due to lack of progress)

  • Pulling or twisting on the head to deliver the infant’s body

     


Evidence

Beyond the Frymann study detailed above, a Harvard University pathologist, Dr. Abraham Towbin, found evidence of spinal injury common as a result of the birthing process. He also found evidence of spinal injury in many cases of SIDS and infant respiratory conditions.

Birth trauma often causes neurological dysfunction. In fact, a study by Gutmann examining more than 1,000 infants concluded that approximately 80 percent had some form of nerve dysfunction. This is of utmost importance, since 65 percent of neurological development (brain and nerve system) occurs in a child’s first year. During this crucial time it is vital that the nerve system be healthy so the child can grow and develop to her potential.

What can nerve dysfunction from birth trauma look like?

  • trouble breathing

  • reflux/frequent spitting up

  • irritability/colic

  • difficulty nursing (impaired sucking/swallowing or head positioning)

  • balance issues

  • sleeping difficulty

  • delayed developmental milestones

Chiropractic care is focused solely on removing nerve dysfunction (which improves brain-body communication) so a new baby can grow, develop, and function at its highest potential. We as humans were born with an innate ability to heal. Chiropractors minimize the obstructions to that ability.


Spinal Elongation

A baby’s spine lengthens by 50 percent in his first year. At no other time does this growth happen so rapidly, so you want to make sure your baby is in proper alignment, ensuring proper symmetrical growth.

The Hueter-Volkman law states that bones change shape with pressure by slowing bone growth in response to pressure (compression forces). Any spinal misalignment changes the balance of pressure across the spinal bones and can lead to asymmetric bone development. This is the difference between having a spine like a straight, strong oak and having a spine like a crooked tree.

The first year of life is also the time of spinal curvature development. There are curves called lordosis present in your neck and lower back, and curves called kyphosis in your mid-back and sacrum. These spinal curves are necessary for movement, balance, upright posture, protection, and shock absorption. Without being in alignment during this crucial time, a baby’s spinal curves may not develop properly—giving him a poor foundation for later in life.


Optimize the nerve system

The central nerve system consists of the brain and spinal cord, and it processes everything that your body does. Movement, a heartbeat, seeing a baby smile, feeling the sun on your skin, laughing, smelling, creativity—all are coordinated by the brain and spinal cord.

In infants the central nerve system also controls their growth and development. Infancy is the time of greatest brain and proprioceptor (body position sensors) development, so infancy is the time to ensure the health of the nerve system. Chiropractors who take care of babies look for disturbances in their nerve systems that interfere with healthy growth and development.

Remember: If your baby’s spine stays out of balance, it can put tension on the nerve system.


Is it safe for infants to get adjusted?

Yes. Adverse events linked to pediatric chiropractic care are virtually nonexistent, estimated at 1 in 250 million pediatric visits. There is not a single medical procedure safer than that, but I would encourage parents to seek out chiropractors who routinely take care of children in their practice.

When adjusting a newborn, a skilled chiropractor will only use the amount of pressure that you would use to comfortably push on your eye. The child gets checked by hand and with technology, then is placed in position (usually in Mommy’s lap), and gentle pressure is applied. That’s all there is to it. It’s simple, safe, and effective.

Two major studies on chiropractic and infantile colic have shown that over a period of two weeks (usually three visits) 94 percent of babies adjusted by chiropractors showed a successful rating, with 25 percent showing improvement after the first adjustment. Dr. S. Vallone, in a 2007 study, concluded, “Chiropractic adjustments in the early stages of neurologic imprinting appear to safely and effectively address the craniocervical dysfunction and help restore natural, efficient suckling patterns for infants who are unable to successfully latch.”


Better immunity through a healthy spine and nerve system

A leader in psychoneuroimmunology, Dr. Candice Pert, credits chiropractic as having a significant effect on maximizing immunity via maintenance of a healthy nerve system.

A pilot study examined the relationship between intensity of chiropractic care and incidence of childhood diseases. The results showed that children who went to the chiropractor more than seven times per year had an increased resistance (immunity) to common childhood diseases.

Many parents, myself included, have their children checked regularly by chiropractors as part of a healthy lifestyle to help them develop to their potential. Chiropractic is a safe, gentle, and effective way to address nerve dysfunction and promote overall wellness in the newborn and growing child.

It is my sincerest intent that this information will help as many families achieve better health through chiropractic. If we can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or leave a comment below. Here's also another great article on babies and chiropractic, enjoy! 3 Signs Your Newborn Needs to See A Chiropractor

Blessings,

Dr. Matthew Posa

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“As the twig bends, so grows the tree” – What Alexander Pope meant by this quote was that problems that arise in childhood carry through into adulthood.

Most new patients don’t realize that The Healthy Family Chiropractic Milton provides care for not only adults, but also infants and children.  As soon as a new baby is born, the spine begins to undergo stress and irregularities may occur.  It’s extremely important that these issues are corrected as soon as possible so they don’t develop into major problems as we get older.

During childbirth, pressure is placed on the nerves and nervous system. Even when we think about an uncomplicated labour, doctors normally pull on the baby’s head and neck to help move the birthing process along. Over 90% of misalignments in the spine are caused by childbirth (including in adults).

A study found that trauma to the spine during childbirth was the cause of nearly 85% of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). It was also discovered that approximately 80% of children have misalignments in their upper neck, which is known to cause susceptibility to infection, recurrent cold and flu, ear troubles, tonsillitis, just to name a few.  Not to worry, research has shown that chiropractic adjustments that work to correct these misalignments initiate a faster immune response than antibiotic treatments do.

Scoliosis, a condition where there is abnormal curvature of the spine, can begin to develop when subluxations (spinal misalignments affecting the nerves) from childhood are left uncorrected. Subluxations can occur from things you may not expect, such as a diaper that has been fastened too tight, since it doesn’t allow for natural hip movement. Placing your baby in a Jolly-Jumper can cause undue stress to their underdeveloped spinal discs. Tossing a small child in the air as a form of entertainment can actually do more harm to the child than good; it can cause a whiplash motion on the spine, which is detrimental to the nervous system.  Subluxations also occur with more obvious traumas as well, such as a fall or a hit during a sporting event.

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When left uncorrected, these misalignments or subluxations in the spine can act as a poorly built foundation causing a long life of evolving issues, such as spinal disc degeneration, arthritis, development of abnormal calcium deposits and instable ligaments surrounding the vertebrae.

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Dr. Matthew Posa

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