Some people are always surprised to hear that we take care of such young patients. However, the truth is whether you have a large spine or a little one, if there is improper or hindered communication throughout the nervous system then our body is unable to function at 100%.
Our body’s nervous system is the controller. When communication channels become aggravated, distorted or damaged we may experience significant or subtle communication errors. In babies, this ineffective communication may present as colic, irritability, poor breast feeding and poor sleep habits. In toddlers and children, poor nerve communication may result in developmental delays, lack of concentration, behavioral problems, digestive issues and asthma to name a few in a long list of possibilities.
As a Gonstead Chiropractor, my job is not to be the band-aid of health issues, but to work with the patient to get to the root cause of a problem. My focus is ensuring the nervous system has every opportunity to communicate clearly and effectively. Nerve irritations occur as a part of normal daily life and can occur in utero from awkward positioning, restriction of movement in the womb and exposure to maternal toxins. In addition, nerve irritation can occur from birth complications such as long labor, fast labor, forceps or caesarean delivery.
I like to check babies soon after their birth to assess their spine and nervous system. This gives me the time needed with the parents to discuss and encourage tips for good brain, spinal and nerve development. Additionally, it may help to strengthen the child’s immune system, aid in proper drainage from the ear canal as well as address any breast feeding or colic issues.
Your children’s health is their greatest asset. Chiropractic has been shown to be gentle, safe and effective. Ask my patients! They will tell you that chiropractic care helps their children stay healthy!!