Chiropractic for Babies
One of the first stressors that we experience in life can be birth. A normal birth can involve stress and tension on the newborns body.
Spinal misalignments (subluxations) in the newborn can be caused by intrauterine constraint, abnormal positioning in the uterus and spinal distress from the journey through the birth canal or during the delivery process itself.Studies have shown that children born through a natural birth have 65% chance of developing subluxations; once any type of intervention is introduced, such as forceps or caesarean, this rises to a 94% chance of misalignment.Ideally, babies should be checked as soon as possible after birth.
How Can Chiropractic Help Babies?
Nerve dysfunction associated with birth trauma may result in breathing weakness, mood irritability, digestive disorders, difficulty with feeding and attachment, sleeping problems, immunity deficits and neurological impairment to name a few.Left uncorrected, subluxations and their resulting nerve system dysfunction may develop into numerous health issues for the baby.
Many health problems can arise from misalignment of the first vertebrae in the neck, resulting in a lowered resistance to infections in the ears, nose and throat.An adjustment using the lightest pressure of the index finger could normalise an infant’s clinical picture.1
Chiropractic care works because your baby’s nervous system is allowed to function properly, allowing the organs, glands and cells to work efficiently, which balances body chemistry resulting in improved wellbeing.Help you baby grow healthily with regular chiropractic care
Assessing Your Baby
A chiropractic assessment of an infant includes a comprehensive history outline, a thorough physical exam including primitive reflexes, developmental milestones and a neurological evaluation.
Our assessment of your baby is very gentle, and we do as much work as we can while your child is as close to mum and dad as possible.A careful assessment is made of the baby’s spine and joints as well as a thorough neurological assessment.The adjustment involves very gentle specific pressure onto the spine, utilising the same pressure you would apply to your eyeball.
Getting babies checked for subluxations as soon after birth, can make a difference not only to their lives, but also to the wellbeing of the whole family.
Symptoms of Spinal misalignment or nerve dysfunction in Babies
In children some of the possible signs of a subluxation could include:
- sleeping difficulties
- feeding difficulties
- breathing weakness
- mood irritability
- digestive disorders
- altered or decreased immune function (e.g recurrent ear or sinus infections)
- neurological impairments
If your child is demonstrating some of these signs, it may be an indicator that they have vertebral subluxations affecting their function and health.
Having children checked for spinal subluxations early can help to ensure that they grow up healthy, vital and with optimum function.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Babies?
On this issue of safety, a recent study showed a .00055% chance of any minor discomfort following an adjustment which was readily resolved with continued adjustments. In the same study, over 90% of the chiropractors and parents reported an adjustment-related improvement with respect to the children’s presenting complaints.In addition to this, parents reported better sleeping patterns, improved behaviour and more robust immune system function while under chiropractic care.2
Chiropractic Consults are covered by all major Private Health Insurers.Here at Vital chi we can process your rebate directly through our Hicaps terminal, so you get your claim payment on the spot, with no waiting.