You may be wondering why an infant would need chiropractic care. After all, they don't walk, and spend most of their time sleeping. However, these little ones spend 9 months cramped up in the womb and then they are forcefully evicted. Even the most uncomplicated, smooth birth is traumatic to their tiny structures. In fact, studies show that 95% of babies are born with a spinal misalignment. Adjustments to babies are tonal in nature and are very light force. Chiropractic care has been shown to boost the immune system, regulate the gut, & allow little ones to grow into healthy adults.
Many feeding and latch difficulties arise from imbalances in the musculature of the neck and mouth, cranial distortions, and misalignments of the neck causing the infant to have a decreased range of motion and lack of sucking power.
Plagiocephaly is a deformation of the cranial bones resulting in flat spots on the skull. Chiropractors are able to release tension to help reform the cranium. If left untreated, children are at risk of developmental, neurological, and physiological difficulties.
Colic can arise from a variety of reasons that clear up with chiropractic care. Often times the infant is uncomfortable due to structural imbalances or trapped gas. They are unable to relax, are seen with clinched fists, knees drawn to chest, and are difficult to comfort. Gentle adjustments take pressure off the their nervous system so they are able to digest, self regulate, and their musculature can relax allowing much needed relief.
Adjustments to the cervical spine help relax the neck and the tight muscles associated with torticollis. When an infant is unable to turn their head or are stuck one position, there can be complications with breastfeeding, sleeping, and ultimately growing! Adjustments to the neck are very light force in nature. There is no twisting and popping involved!
The nerves exiting the lower spine are responsible for digestion and excretion. When we remove interference from the nervous system, these processes are able to work at their highest potential allowing the diaphragm to relax, gas to release, and regular bowel movements.
The Eustachian tube runs through the temporal bone and has ligamentous connections to the upper cervical spine and TMJ. When these structures are out of alignment, the tube has difficulty draining resulting in ear infections. Chiropractors can keep these structures in alignment allowing proper flow of fluid in the ear canal.
Postural changes that happen as adolescents are more difficult to fix in adult years. Keeping the spine in alignment helps to improve posture and allows kids to grow into healthy adults.
Sports participation can lead to muscle sprains/strains and injuries. When left untreated they can manifest into bigger issues down the road.