Child and Infant Chiropractor
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Chiropractic care for the early years
Are you as a parent concerned about the adverse effects our current medical model may have on your children?
Have you wondered, "What is a safer alternative to the chronic use of prescription drugs?"
More and more, there is a desire to find types of care that will allow kids to live healthily and build their immune systems naturally. A chiropractor specializing in infants and children can help support your newborn's development in a safe, natural and gentle way.
Chiropractic Treatment for Newborns
Babies have an innate biological knowledge of how to be born, but sometimes things don't go according to that inherent plan. Structural imbalances can occur in the uterus from misalignment in the mom's pelvis, muscular and ligament imbalance or uterine torsion.
All of this can lead to what we call intrauterine constraint, restricting or limiting babies' movements in utero, getting them into a not-so-ideal position for birth. The resulting alignment issues in newborns can cause other problems that can be alarming to new parents.
The good news is, these issues are easily correctable.
How does an infant chiropractor work? Newborn chiropractic treatment is extremely gentle. Our treatments are a combination of craniosacral technique (CST) and chiropractic adjustments.
These adjustments are nothing like their adult counterparts, and the maximum force used is 5 grams, about the weight of a nickel.
Treatments are done in many positions, in the parent's lap, the doctor's lap, while feeding, or on the chiropractic table.
Babies may become more emotional during treatments or sleep right through them. It is not uncommon for babies to sleep deeper and heavier, especially after their first infant chiropractor treatment.
Treatment for Latch and Breastfeeding Challenges
Part of our holistic wellness plan for mom and baby includes support in things like breastfeeding and latching challenges – something you might not associate with newborn chiropractic care!
If newborns are not latching properly and therefore not breastfeeding effectively, it leads to health concerns for both baby and mom. This, in turn, affects the overall body function, which impacts chiropractic care.
Because we see the interrelation in these things, we strive to add extra value to your visits through our collaboration with IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants).
This partnership allows us to facilitate the proper function of the mouth and tongue through bodywork and muscle release. We also provide physical therapy-type exercises for you to do at home with your baby.
Our commitment to the entire picture of you and your baby's health is what we hope will allow us to earn your trust. Get in touch to start infant chiropractor treatments today.
Conditions commonly treated by an infant chiropractor:
- Fussy, hard-to-soothe babies
- Babies who seem uncomfortable in their bodies
- Babies who have digestive or elimination difficulties
- Spitting up
- Breastfeeding problems
- Difficult latching
- Latch problems that contribute to sore nipples for moms
- Babies who favor turning their heads to one side
- Babies who favor one breast or position for nursing
- Babies who seem overly sensitive
- Babies who hate tummy time
- Teething babies
- Non-sleeping babies
Treatment as your child grows
As babies grow into toddlers and then children, their bodies and brains are hard at work developing.
Think of the brain continually sending signals to the body via the spinal cord and vertebral nerves. If there is nerve interference from vertebral subluxation, these messages are not received optimally. Think of a kink in a hose and how the water coming out of that hose dwindles until you release that kink and get things flowing optimally again.
In addition to that, we have the alignment of those bones to consider. At birth, we have approximately 270 different bones connected by cartilage tissue and joints. Ideally, by the time we reach adulthood, some bones have grown and fused into 206 distinct bones. Allowing all this growth to happen in proper alignment and optimal function sets your child up for the best possible physical health.
We recommend a check-in with every significant milestone, such as learning to sit, crawl, stand and walk, as well as after any big falls or injuries, to ensure that as your child develops, they are correctly aligned and functioning optimally.
As children grow, they take on more adult postures and habits. In today's technological world, kids and teens are developing adult postural problems earlier and earlier. Early and regular treatment to help them learn proper posture and prevent chronic problems from even beginning can make a huge difference in their everyday lives.
We ask a child to describe how their body feels before treating them, which is essential for children in developing body self-awareness. Treatment does not always resemble adult treatment but is always a much gentler force than with adults.
Chiropractic care for children may help with:
- Frequent ear infections
- Bed wetting
- Neck and back pain
- Unexplained irritability
- Poor posture concerns
- Sports injuries