The birth process may be one of the most traumatic events in our entire life.
Even during the most "natural" birthing methods used today, stress to a still developing spine can and does occur. Difficult deliveries, the use of forceps to extract the child, compound the problems and many times damage (tear) the muscles of the neck and severely damage the spine. The resulting irritation of the nervous system of the new-born can be the cause of many of the health problems they experience.
Colic, poor or no appetite, unexpected crying, breathing problems, sleep problems, and allergic reactions can often be traced to some type of nervous system dysfunction caused by a misaligned (subluxated) spine.
A natural process develops to strengthen the muscles of the neck as the child learns to hold their head up. As the muscles of the neck develop and support of the head occurs, crawling follows, and then the first few steps are made. This is also a natural time for a chiropractic check up. If neglected, all the bumps and falls occurring during this period of rapid growth may lead to serious spinal deformities later in life. This can set the stage for scoliosis, growing pains and a weakened immune system response.
Chiropractic adjustments are modified to fit a child's size and special needs. Their size, weight, and developmental stage are all taken into consideration before adjustments are performed. Many parents report reductions in behavioral problems, increased immune response to colds, and in general, report that their children seem to be healthier than other children of the same age.
Many of the problems we see as adults can be traced back to injuries that occurred during our childhood. Contact sports such as soccer, football, baseball to name a few, can interfere with proper growth during rapid stages of spinal development.
Your child's health starts before birth. Mothers who receive prenatal chiropractic checkups, relieve the stress on their bodies and so relieve the stressors passed to the child. A healthy diet, proper exercise, a stress-free environment, and a chiropractic lifestyle help to prepare for a happy, healthy baby.