Natural birth, forceps or birth intervention can cause misalignments in babies’ spines. Chiropractic care can be used soon after birth, using gentle and specialist techniques, such as DNS (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation) to optimise baby development. Baby Adjustments are not like adult adjustments, the method is mild and may include massage like methods and tools such as an activator which is no more pressure than squeezing a tomato in your hand. An Activator is a small, hand-held adjusting instrument used on babies that delivers a gentle impulse force to the spine with the goal of restoring motion to the targeted spinal vertebra or joint.
Q: Why do more and more parents take their babies to see chiropractors even when they are not in pain?
A: Whether we have a large spine or small one, if that spine is negatively impacting the communication of the nervous system then our body is unable to regulate and co-ordinate correctly.
CASE STUDY – Crying Baby
Mum and dad came in to book a consultation for their 2 week old as baby was a breech and born by C section.
Mum and dad were both very tired from baby’s sleeping problems and mum was suffering with back pain. The chiropractor explained how some infants are born with certain misalignments on their spines due to the pulling, etc. during birth (either through the vaginal canal or C section). During the consultation the Chiropractor did some non-invasive tests and found a misalignment on the babies back. He used an instrument called an Activator. Before he did anything to the baby’s spine, he showed mum and dad the pressure of the instrument on their hands to ensure they understood this was a very gentle technique.
Baby still receives regular adjustments, DNS treatments and follow on exercises for mum and dad to do with baby.
Getting adjusted early may help prevent issues in the future as an adult.