Should infants be seen by chiropractors? Is chiropractic care safe for babies? Are there benefits to chiropractic care in infants?
I get these questions every day and the answer is always the same. If they were born and have a nervous system then they need to be assessed by a chiropractor (with training in pediatrics). From that assessment, we can determine if the child needs a Chiropractic adjustment and can discuss the benefits you might see with treatment.
According to Gray’s Anatomy (the textbook not the TV show) “The nervous system controls and coordinates all of the organs and structures of the human body.” Your nervous system consists of your brain, brain stem, spinal cord, and spinal nerves. Your spine is what protects the spinal cord and the spinal nerves that come out of it. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to keep your spine aligned with chiropractic care so that there is no interference to that perfect nervous system?
Wouldn’t it be a good idea to keep your spine aligned with chiropractic care so that there is no interference to that perfect nervous system?
Chiropractors help you be your best by restoring the communication pathways between your brain and body. What happens in everyday life is the bones in our spine, the vertebrae, can move out of alignment and put pressure on the spinal nerves coming out in between the vertebrae. When that happens, the nerve can’t send the messages to the brain as efficiently as they are supposed to. It’s like someone stepping on a water hose, the water cannot come out as well.
With gentle Chiropractic adjustments, the vertebrae are able to move back into the correct position, taking pressure off the nerve, and the nerves messages can flow correctly now. The water hose has water coming through and can water and grow the garden again. This movement of the bone putting pressure on nerves is called a Vertebral Subluxation Complex, Subluxation for short. Now that we have the definition of your nervous system and Chiropractic figured out, let’s chat about pediatric chiropractic.
You might have heard from your crunchy neighbor that they take their infant with colic to the Chiropractor. Maybe you’ve seen a picture on Pinterest with a child laughing and the caption saying, “Baby with allergies, gas, torticollis, or breastfeeding issues? Ask how a pediatric Chiropractor could help!” Have you heard the one at your kid’s school about how a boy with ADHD and bedwetting issues now have dry nights and his pediatrician decreased his Adderall dosage but the only thing his family changed was going to a Chiropractor? Now, what about the crazy story you read on Facebook about a kid that had recurrent ear infections, multiple antibiotics, and after getting gentle Chiropractic adjustments they canceled the surgery to get tubes put in their ears??? SAY WHAT?? Yes, it’s true, Chiropractic helps many children! Subluxations cause many issues for our kids but you don’t have to resort to drugs or surgery to fix them! For example, if there is a subluxation in the mid back that puts pressure on a nerve going to the upper digestive system then goes to the muscle that is between the stomach and the esophagus (“food pipe”), the nerve might not be able to tell that valve to close all the way. Guess what might start happening? Milk in the baby’s stomach is coming up through the valve, into the esophagus, and getting spit up. That’s acid reflux! What if a Chiropractic adjustment could help with the spitting up naturally instead of using a medication like Zantac which just covers up reflux by decreasing stomach acid? In Chiropractic we want to get to the source and cause of your health conditions not cover them up with a band-aid and potentially have a side effect.
It’s no secret, parents are looking for more natural answers for their families and would like to avoid medications and surgeries. What could be more natural than allowing the body to organically heal itself by just making sure the messages from the brain can get to the rest of the body? Sometimes parents fear what a Pediatric Chiropractic adjustment would look like. But guess what? It’s so incredibly gentle that you might not even know the baby is getting adjusted! Think about how you test if a peach is ripe? It’s a very gentle touch, right? You’re not squeezing it hard, twisting it, or doing anything forceful. That same gentle touch is the same gentle touch used to adjust an infant. Most babies even sleep through their adjustments! Pediatric Chiropractors are trained to AVOID any twisting, cracking, or popping. MUCH more force is used to deliver the baby, be it vaginal or C-section deliveries.
A lot of people ask me, what is your favorite type of person to see in the office? The answer is super easy, the ones with NOTHING wrong with them! An amazing woman named Jeanne Ohm says, “What Chiropractic offers is not the treatment of conditions or the mere easing of symptoms, but instead restoration of nerve system performance, which affects physical, social, emotional, and spiritual expression.” If you want to improve your family’s health, immune system, behavior, sleep, or quality of life then Chiropractic is for you! If you think you and your kids are already as healthy as possible, why not keep it that way? We all know people are getting sicker and sicker at younger and younger ages. Why not prevent that trend from happening with your family and make sure you are allowing the body to work at 100%? You do that by making sure the nervous system has no interference.
All children should be checked and evaluated by a Chiropractor that is trained in Pediatrics.
If you want to find one in your area go to www.icpa4kids.org/Find-a-Chiropractor