Birth is Traumatic
Birth is a beautiful process, but it is also hard work for both the mommy & baby. Many babies are born naturally, while many more today are being born with medical assistance: C-section, forceps, vacuum extraction, inducement and medications. These assistance measures cause even more trauma on an already traumatic process. It is estimate that 60-90lbs of force is used on an infant’s neck during normal” delivery. Do you think this could cause damage to your child’s spine and nervous system?
In my practice I see the effects of birth trauma on babies, children, adolescents and yes, the effects reach even into adulthood. When the central nervous system (brain & spinal cord) are stressed by way of Trauma, Toxins, and Emotions, the effects cause changes in normal function throughout the body. These effects could be:
- Digestive problems
- Nurse problems
- Sleep disturbances
- Bed wetting
- Vision problems
- Hearing problems
- Speech problems
- Ear infections
… and the list goes on and on.
Often times parents notice something isn’t quite right with their tiny little one, but are told it is normal and their child will grow out of it. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and much of the time while the symptoms may no longer be noticeable, the cause of the symptoms was never resolved. And yet sometimes, the effects never really do go away, so medications are prescribed to lessen the discomfort or annoyances of the underlying issues.
My Personal Story
I became a chiropractor because of the effects birth trauma had on my own life. From the day I was born, my mother said I cried all the time, sometimes banging my head on my crib in pain, because I was experiencing headaches. I lived with chronic daily headaches from the time I was born! I also suffered in school from attention issues, always struggled to make good grades and regularly missed school because I was home vomiting from the intensity of the headaches.
At the age of 32 my headache symptoms were so bad I wanted to give up on life. It was then a friend referred me to a chiropractor. Within just a couple adjustments my headaches were relieved and I never had another migraine like I had experienced my whole life after that!
Can you imagine how different my life would have been had my family known about the power of chiropractic when I was a baby or even a young child?!?
How Are Babies Adjusted?
One of the most exciting things I have witnessed is the power of the chiropractic adjustment in babies and young children. Their little nervous systems are super resilient and able to adapt so quickly when given the proper support.
The adjustments delivered to a babies and children are so incredibly gentle and yet so incredibly impactful! Light pressure is all it take to correct areas of the spine where the communication for normal function is inhibited. Sometimes, babies fall right to sleep as soon as their little spines are relieved of the stress on their nervous system!
How Effective is Chiropractic Care for Babies?
Just recently, I had a patient who was having difficulty nursing. With just 1 adjustment and minor corrections for mommy, the baby latched on and began nursing properly.
Another baby had digestive problems and was breaking out in skin rashes. After just a couple adjustments, the skin rashes began to clear and their digestive problems improved.
Another baby always laid with their head turned to the right, rubbed a bald spot on the back of their head, and their right eye did not track properly. The pediatrician repeatedly told their parents this was normal, there was no need for alarm and the baby would grow out of it. However, they didn’t grow out of it. When the baby was 5 years old, they began to receive regular chiropractic care. Just a few months later all their symptoms resolved.
Another baby had an umbilical hernia that never healed after 4 years. The child began receiving regular chiropractic care for overall health & wellness and over time the umbilical hernia grew smaller and disappeared.
A young toddler was experiencing a high fever and bad ear infection which caused the ear drum to burst that day. The mother having experienced chiropractic care for herself, brought the child in to see if and adjustment could help. Within 1 hour the toddler’s fever broke and the pain from the ear infection was gone. The mother reported the following day that her child’s ear infection was gone!
The Impact of a Chiropractic Lifestyle
Another baby was born with severe colic, projectile vomiting and was diagnosed failure to thrive. As the baby grew, they developed digestive issues, food sensitivities, bedwetting problems, and OCD tendencies. The mother was unaware that chiropractic care could help her child, so she never sought care, but rather tried medications to lessen the problems, none of which helped. Years later, after the child’s mom was so impressed with how chiropractic care had benefitted her personally, she enrolled her husband and all their children under care. Within a few short months, her child described above saw her symptoms dramatically improving. Today, all their symptoms are resolved and the child is now studying for her doctorate to become a chiropractor herself!
I hope you see the struggle a life without chiropractic can have vs a life radically transformed by a chiropractic lifestyle!
Chiropractic care is for everyone!
If you or someone you know has recently had a baby or has small children, don’t wait for their lives to become so riddled with pain and discomfort before seeking the care of a knowledgeable chiropractor in your community. Give them the life they deserve ~ free from pain and as many challenges as possible and the FREEDOM to THRIVE!