Chiropractic care and babies, something a lot of people don’t think would go together but they do! Let me tell you why.
I see babies for all sorts of reasons, being unsettled, not sleeping well, difficulty breast feeding, constipation, colic the list goes on. And just like with adults I am not treating them for these things directly but I am eliminating stress on their spines and nervous system so their bodies are able to function how they are made to.
Birth can be very traumatic for both mum and child, especially when intervention is needed and extra force is used, C Section or Forceps is a good example of this. Although they are great tools and some babies and mums wouldn’t be here with out them they can cause a lot of stress to a new baby.
Birth trauma alone in my eyes is enough to warrant a visit to a chiropractor even if your baby is ‘completely fine’. Having your neck pulled, getting stuck, being involved in a surgical procedure so early in life is surely going to have some effect on the movement of those tiny bones in your neck and back.
Here are some signs that your baby could do with a check up.
- Having a strong neck. Head control should come in around the 4 week mark for newborns. So if your baby has always had a strong neck it could be muscle tension that is allowing this to happen.
- Always sleeping with the head turned one way or unable to turn head both way freely. Again if your baby can’t freely turn its head or favors one side this could be a sign of joint dysfunction and muscle tension.
- Stiffness when bending legs up at change time. We should easily be able to push a babies knees into its chest without meeting resistant, if you struggle with nappy changes because his/hers legs are stiff and tight then chiropractic may be able to help this.
- Arching of the back / dislike for tummy time. Arching suggests again that there is built up tension in the spine and again if babies resist tummy time this could be due to muscle tightness making this position uncomfortable.
As a chiropractor I am trained (and have done further pediatric training) to remove stress from the body and restore proper movement to those joints in the neck and spine, I even do cranial work as well. We do not ‘crack’ babies and the force we use is about the same as your would comfortable touch your eyelid with or check the ripeness of a tomato – which I think we can all agree if a baby can handle the birth process they will cope with that pressure just fine.
Movement of the neck, head and spine is so important not just for general range of motion but also for brain development. The small movements of the vertebra provide the brain with information about the world around us and if a babies head is not turning both ways freely they are not getting the opportunity to use their full visual field. From a simpler perspective just imagine if you had a stiff neck or back how uncomfortable you would be be day to day, the same thing can happen to a wee one and of course they will grizzle about it.
Holding excess tension and stress in the body is not good for anybody, including babies. So if any of the above resonates with you and give me call. I offer a Free 15 Min Consult so there is really nothing to lose by coming in for a chat. A babies brain will grow more in the first year of life than any other time so ensuring that the body & spine are moving as well as possible to ensure the best development possible and the happiest baby.