5 Good Reasons Why Baby Chiropractic Is Worth It For Your Little One

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5 Good Reasons Why Baby Chiropractic Is Worth It For Your Little One


Chiropractors are mostly known for treating adults, but did you know that baby chiropractic can come with many benefits for your little one too?


The goal is similar — to realign the spine in physiological position — as well as the methods — chiropractic adjustments — but the approach is much more delicate and suited for a baby's body. 


Babies are usually born with tightness in the neck and back muscles. This tightness is a result of being in the womb for 9 months. As the baby grows up, this tightness can lead to health issues. A chiropractor can help reduce the tightness in the child's muscles and nervous system. This, in turn, can help reduce health issues such as colic, ear infections, and reflux.


Let's go through the five main reasons why baby chiropractic is something you might want to consider:


1. Fixes Post-Birth Spinal Misalignment


Human birth is undoubtedly a miracle, but it’s also a very complex process for both the mother and the child. Before birth, the baby grows inside the uterus and has less and less space to move, especially in the last month of pregnancy. Passing through the birthing canal is a complex journey, and when the baby is born, there’s a chance that the spine might be slightly misaligned.


Receiving chiropractic therapy this early in life can greatly benefit the baby's development. By realigning the vertebrae into physiological position, the function of the nerves and blood vessels passing through them is greatly improved.


As you can imagine, the adjustments performed on infants are extremely light. Chiropractors may use only one finger to perform them because a baby's spine is fragile. But knowing exactly where to press and how hard will realign the spine and set the baby off to a good start.


2. Improves The Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)


Other consequences of post-birth spinal misalignment include GERD and colic. GERD is the flow of stomach acid into the esophagus. 


Babies with GERD have trouble controlling the flow of acid in their stomachs, and it often flows back up into their esophagus, causing pain and irritation. Seeing a chiropractor and receiving adjustments can help ease the pressure on the spine and pelvis, reducing the pressure on the baby’s esophagus and allowing for easier and more comfortable feedings.


Unlike antacid treatment, which deals with the symptoms only, baby chiropractic assesses the cause and offers long-term results.


3. Deals With Colic


Clearly, the most common reason why babies cry in their first months of life is colic. The main cause of colic is the baby's developing an intestinal system that needs to adjust to processing milk. It's a natural process all babies go through but can be supported by chiropractic treatment.


Colic is also tied to misalignment in the baby's spine. This might put pressure on the intestinal system and contribute to the symptoms of colic. A series of chiropractic adjustments can help relieve this pressure, which will, in turn, have a positive effect on the baby's digestive system, helping them be calmer, sleep better, and have a better mood.


4. Helps With Ear Pain And Infection


Many babies suffer from ear pain after birth. During the nine months spent in their mothers' wombs, babies are submerged entirely in liquid. After they are born, this fluid must be drained from their ear canals. However, many times, this drainage is incomplete, and fluid builds up in their eustachian tubes. This causes ear pain and can even lead to ear infections, which are extremely painful for babies.


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Research suggests that this condition is tied to minor nerve injury suffered during birth. Chiropractic treatment is beneficial because it ensures the proper position of the vertebrae, through which the nerves pass. This eliminates extra strain put on the nerves and assures the best possible conditions for recovery.   


Moreover, special chiropractic manipulation can be performed to restore the function of the eustachian tube. This causes the muscles in the area to dilate around the tube, supporting its drainage. Please note that this type of treatment is performed together with the pediatrician because medical treatment is also necessary in most cases.


5. Boosts The Baby's Immune System


Spinal misalignment in infants and babies has consequences in other parts of the body because the nerves and blood vessels passing through the vertebrae are affected. These consequences may translate into inflammation, straining the baby's developing immune system.


By performing chiropractic adjustments on the baby and realigning their spine into a physiological position, the cause of the inflammation is eliminated, thus relieving the pressure on the immune system. 


Final Thoughts


Baby chiropractic might be the answer to many of the questions parents have about how to help their newborns grow into healthy, happy children. While there is no “one size fits all” approach to childrearing, parents can feel confident that chiropractic care is safe and beneficial for infants and children. 


At Advanced Chiropractic, we believe every child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, and we are dedicated to helping families achieve that goal. Contact us today to learn about our services and techniques, or schedule an appointment for you and your loved ones. We are here to help!

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