Birth can be a troublesome process. It is important to get your baby checked shortly after birth to allow muscle balance and nervous system function to be at their best. Babies grow so fast that days and weeks are like years of development time to adults. The neck is especially vulnerable during the earliest times of life. Neck traction, during birth, and car seats are some of the common causes of neck misalignments in little ones. These can lead to torticollis (muscle spasms in the neck), and back issues. Mom might notice problems being able to breast feed on both sides, or later in life the baby might not roll to both sides, and will begin to show preference. One of the big reasons that people take babies to the pediatrician is for irritability… What if that is how your baby is expressing a headache, or neck pain? Think of what kind of pressure you are putting on a sore neck when you do things like carry the baby on their sore neck side, change their diaper, or force them into a rigid position for a long car ride. We have seen, in this clinic, cases of children not making the developmental markers for sitting and crawling because the baby had pain in the low back and leg. In one case minor leg motion testing by Dr. Bench proved that even the slightest movement of the leg would cause the baby to scream out in pain. Gentle, specific, adjusting of the spine got the baby back on track within only a few short visits and no observable pain after the first adjustment! Not to mention a very relieved and satisfied mother.
Benefits of Chiropractic/Organ Care for newborns and children: