Many parents, and people in general, ask the question, "Why does a baby or child need chiropractic care?". If you think of the birthing process, even a natural spontaneous birth without the use of interventions, can produce stress on an infant’s spine and their developing nervous system and body. The resulting irritations or injuries can be the cause of many newborn musculoskeletal health complaints.
Chiropractic care is a gentle treatment that can help with these health complaints including nursing difficulties (such as latching), muscle imbalances and spinal health. Additionally, as the infant grows, learning to hold their head up, sit, crawl and walk are all activities that affect spinal development and alignment. As your child begins to explore and participate in regular childhood activities, injuries soon follow with bumps, bruises and tumbles. These are all important times to have your child examined by a chiropractor.
At your child’s appointment, the chiropractor will review their health history and perform a physical exam to determine the treatment necessary. Chiropractic adjustive procedures are modified to appropriately fit a child’s age, size, and weight. Adjustments are both gentle and specific to your child’s developing spinal structures.
For more information regarding pediatric chiropractic care, please visit the ICPA website.