Throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood, the chiropractic lifestyle offers natural, noninvasive choices and ample benefits for your greater health and well-being. Many parents seek chiropractic care for their children as they have discovered that it offers the family a solid foundation for wellness.
We know that many spinal problems seen in adults began as early as birth and possibly in the womb due to positional issues. Even the most natural birthing methods can stress an infant’s spine and developing nerve system. The resulting irritation to the nerve system caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can be the cause of many newborn health complaints.
Since significant as well as subtle spinal and cranial traumas can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked as soon after birth as possible by Dr. Christine. For babies and children, stress to the nerve system may present in a variety of ways that can change as the babies grow and develop. Some of these symptoms and stresses can appear as colic, irritability, breathing problems or asthma, an inability to latch properly and breastfeed effectively, poor sleep, developmental delays, earaches/infections, allergic reactions and recurrent illness, digestive issues, behavioral problems, inability to concentrate, headaches, ‘growing pains’, and even bedwetting.
As your infant grows and begins to reach certain developmental ‘milestones’ such as learning to hold up their head, sitting, crawling and learning to walk, we know that all of these activities affect alignment and future development of the spine and nervous system function. In the first two years of life, your infant's spine doubles in size! Any negative interference to this vital system can adversely affect the body’s ability to function at its best. These growth markers are essential times to have your child checked and adjusted, as this allows the opportunity for these issues to be resolved quickly, in a timely and effective way and not follow your little one into adulthood.
It is important to understand that chiropractic care from Dr. Christine does not treat conditions or diseases. Her expertise is in checking the baby or child’s spine for misalignments that impair nervous system function therefore affecting overall body function. The bones of the spine, the vertebrae, house and protect the spinal cord. The spinal cord is an extension of the brain and carries information from the brain to the body parts and back to the brain again. Subluxations or areas of unadapted tension, interfere with the nerves’ ability to transmit this vital information.
The chiropractic adjustment restores nerve system function which allows the body the ability to express a greater state of health and well-being. Chiropractic adjustments for babies and children are very gentle and non-forceful. Having your child adjusted is a wonderful way to help them thrive, as it can create an opportunity to teach them to listen to and understand their bodies, something we do want them to carry into adulthood.