Babies & Chiropractic
Chiropractic care can be incredibly beneficial for your little one. We often see newborns in the office who range from a few days old to the first month or two after they are born. We check for alignment, position and tension patterns in their neck and spine to ensure your little one’s spine is moving properly. This allows for optimal nervous system function as they grow and develop.
The nervous system is the main regulator of how our body functions and communicates with itself. If the spine is not moving properly then the nervous system may not communicate as effectively with the rest of the body. In an infant this may present itself as issues with feeding, digestion, sleep and even fussiness or colic. Even if there are no issues present, it’s always good to just come in for a check-up to ensure proper alignment. The calming effect that chiropractic care has on the nervous system and restoring biomechanical balance has clinically shown to help with:
Difficulty Breastfeeding or tilting of the head to one side (Torticollis)
Often babies will have difficulty feeding or a preference for one side. This can commonly be caused by tight muscles which make feeding on one side uncomfortable for baby. By adjusting the spine muscle tension is decreased and normal motion is restored allowing for baby to feed comfortably on both sides. Restrictions or parts of the upper neck that are moving symmetrically can also have an impact of the rooting/sucking reflex as well as jaw function, both of which can impact breastfeeding.
Colic/Fussiness /Digestive Problems/Reflux/Sleep
Due to the calming effect that chiropractic can have on the nervous system, it is often reported in just a few treatments that there is a decrease in fussiness, digestive issues, reflux, with increased reports of sleeping after chiropractic care.
They seem uncomfortable in certain positions
Often certain positions are just not comfortable for babies. This can happen if their spine is out of balance. For example, lying on their back may cause discomfort if the lower back or sacrum is not moving optimally. Or they may not be able to turn their head from side to side with ease if their neck has a restriction.