Safe & Gentle Chiropractic Care for Newborns & Infants

It’s a misconception that chiropractors only treat back pain in adults that have been caused by chronic injuries, repetitive movement, and other stresses of life. In reality, chiropractors specialize in correcting subluxations – misalignments of the spine – in patients of all ages. Subluxations can cause a myriad of health and wellness issues, and they can start literally from the first day of life.

When an adult has a subluxation, he or she can tell you about it. Infants can only tell you about their spinal issues with crying, nursing difficulties, colic, and sleeping problems. 

The Importance of Chiropractic Exams After Birth

Did you know that 80% of children have some form of subluxation within five days of birth (Gutmann, 1986)? While birth is a natural process, some aspects of the birthing process can lead to spinal trauma, especially in the neck. While mild spine trauma can occur during even the most routine deliveries, we have found that some aspects of labor and delivery can lead to issues more often than others:

  • Prolonged labor and delivery
  • The use of forceps or a vacuum extractor
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Umbilical cord issues
  • Caesarean sections
  • Any pulling, twisting, or compression of an infant’s spine during birth

At Chiropractic First, we are happy to visit our very newest patients either at the hospital or at your home for a gentle, after-birth exam. This exam will check the alignment of your baby’s spine and ascertain whether your little one needs a gentle adjustment to start life out on the right foot.

Infant and Baby Chiropractic Care is More Than the Spine

The spine is inextricably linked to the nervous system – and subluxation can interfere with your baby’s still-very-immature-system. The results of these interferences can be surprisingly wide-ranging. In the past, chiropractors have seen and studied a connection between subluxation and the following newborn and baby issues:

  • Nursing, etc.
  • Sleeping issues
  • Acid reflux
  • Colic and crying
  • Headaches
  • Rashes and skin issues
  • Asthma, sinus issues, and breathing issues
  • Allergies
  • Seizures
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Many other health problems

Give Your Baby the Gift of a Properly Adjusted Spine – and Overall Wellness

Would you like to give your baby the best start in life in the days after his or her birth – or does your infant have a health issue that you believe may be aided by chiropractic care? Fill out our contact form or call Dr. Todd Royse today at 530-243-0889 to get your questions answered or to schedule a gentle, safe appointment for your baby.

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