Today’s stressors don’t just affect us adults—children also experience stress that can impact their body’s ability to function and heal optimally! Physical stress can begin in-utero for a child. Breech positioning, being caught in the vaginal and traumatic forces from labor (c-section, vacuum, forceps) can result in misalignments all throughout the spine. These misalignments can affect the way an infant grows and develops. Some conditions that be helped with regular chiropractic care include: ear infections,torticollis, colic, reflux, difficulty nursing, digestive disturbances and difficulty sleeping.
The ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) has initiated a ground-breaking study on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for children. The preliminary results are outstanding and show that chiropractic care is safe for children. Even more significant is that parents reported three unexpected improvements with their child's care:
Improved sleep, improved behavior and attitude and improved immune system function.
Some common questions that parents ask:
Is it painful for a child to get adjusted? Adjustments on infants and children are completely different than the techniques that are used on adults! The pressure used on an infant is about the pressure you’d use to check the ripeness of a tomato. Check out the video below to see just how light and comfortable the adjustment is!
Why would a baby need checked by a chiropractor? Physical stress on an infant can begin in-utero! The way a baby is positioned in utero (breech) or born (ie: c-section, forceps, vacuum) can put extreme pressure on the infant’s neck. The nerves in the neck are related to sleep, digestion, and growth/development. Checking to make sure the spine and nerves are in alignment and functioning properly will help to ensure the child is growing and developing to full potential!
Do all chiropractors adjust infants and children? Pediatric chiropractors have additional training and are licensed with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). Both Dr. Deborah Marin and Dr. Joe Snyder have studied with the ICPA and are skilled in adjusting infants, children and pregnant women!