With pregnancy come hormonal changes, a shift in body weight and a laxity of connective tissues. The lower back and pelvis experience new stresses. Many women report that their pregnancies were easier and their delivery times shorter when they received chiropractic care.
Even today's birthing procedures can put tremendous pressures on a child's spine. And while the injury from forceps deliveries may be less common today, vacuum extraction and eager hands can do even more damage by pulling, forcing and twisting the baby's young spine.
Without the language to explain, many newborns experience colic, unexplained crying, lack of appetite, frequent ear infections or other signs of poor health. A chiropractic examination is essential to determine if birth trauma to the spine is involved. Then if indicated, a gentle adjustment is given. With no more pressure than you would use to test the ripeness of a tomato, subluxations can be reduced. Many parents see instant improvements in the well being of their child.
Later, regular chiropractic checkups are helpful to monitor spinal development as infants sit upright, support their heads, learn to crawl and take their first brave steps. Many experts believe that uncorrected spinal problems during this early stage of development cause the chronic, hard-to-correct subluxations and health problems seen in adults.
Sadly, bedwetting and many childhood aches and pains get passed off as "growing pains" or "just a phase they're going through." Careful! Aches and pains at any age are a sign that something isn't right. Subluxations may be involved.
As you make the decisions about your child's health care and are confronted with the issues of antibiotics, vaccinations and the growing use of behavior altering drugs, consult with your chiropractor. Seek accurate information and make an informed choice. First, make sure your child has the best chance to be all that he or she can be by having a nervous system free of subluxations. How can something as natural as being born cause subluxations?
Being born is a natural phenomenon. It's what we've done to the birth process that has become increasingly suspect. In hospitals, birth is often treated like a disease. A newborn's introduction to the world is often accompanied by a severe drop in temperature, loud noises and other insensitivities. The administration of drugs and anesthesia can have a profound effect on a newborn. Will my pediatrician approve of chiropractic care for my child? First, you don't need anyone's approval to seek a chiropractic opinion about health issues affecting your child! Medical practitioners keeping up with the latest pediatric chiropractic research are starting to understand the value of this natural, drug-free approach to better health.
Will adjustments hurt my child? This is a common concern among parents who mistakenly think that their child will receive adjustments like the ones they receive. Adjusting techniques are modified for each person's size and unique spinal problem, and an infant's spine rarely has the long-standing muscle tightness seen in adults. This makes a child's chiropractic adjustment gentle, comfortable and effective. The following is a link to a very helpful Chiropractic website. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
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