Should infants be seen by chiropractors?
I get this question 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.
Is chiropractic care safe for babies?
Sometimes parents fear what a Pediatric Chiropractic adjustment would look like. But guess what? It’s so incredibly gentle (see video below) 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. In fact, much more force is used to deliver the baby, be it vaginal or C-section deliveries.
Watch below and decide for yourself!
Watch how gentle Dr. Lauren is with this 4 day-old infant during his first adjustment!
“The nervous system controls and coordinates all of the organs and structures of the human body.” -According to Gray’s Anatomy (the textbook not the TV show)
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 with that perfect nervous system?
Chiropractors help you to function your best by restoring the communication pathways between your brain and body.
What happens in everyday life is the bones of our spine (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 again. 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.
So what does this mean for children? How could chiropractic care impact them?
Maybe you’ve heard of a friend’s child who was relieved from gas or torticollis from a visit to the chiropractor. Or of the neighbor’s kid who has had better luck latching now since seeing their chiropractor. In fact, we see pediatric practice members every day who suffer from colic, bedwetting, ADHD, and ear infections too. It’s true, Chiropractic care helps many children.
Subluxations cause many issues for our kids but the good news is, you don’t have to resort to drugs or surgery to fix them!
Here is an example: 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 (aka 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? With Chiropractic care, we want to try get to the source and cause of your health conditions rather than cover them up with a band-aid (or pills) that potentially have additional side effects.
Are there benefits to chiropractic care for infants?
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?
“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.” -Jeanne Ohm
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? The best time to start chiropractic care is the day you’re born. The second best time is now!
If you’re local to Jacksonville, book your appointment with us HERE.
If you’re not local, find one in your area by visiting www.icpa4kids.org/Find-a-Chiropractor
*All children should be checked and evaluated by a Chiropractor that is trained in Pediatrics*