Why Do Babies Need Chiropractic After Birth?

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:

  • Colic
  • Digestive problems
  • Scoliosis
  • Nurse problems
  • Headaches
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Torticollis
  • Bed wetting
  • Vision problems
  • Hearing problems
  • Speech problems
  • Ear infections
  • Asthma
  • Allergies

… 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!


It’s HAPPY FEET month at Brio Wellness Center. All month we will be sharing cool info on how to maintain Happy Feet during the dry weather, which for us is like year round, right?!? So keep checking back here to learn something new. And if you haven’t already subscribed to our e-newsletter, be sure to take care of that before you leave.

Okay, let’s get things kicked off with a refreshing foot scrub. While you’re at it, you can use this scrub anywhere on your body. Just keep it away from your eyes and sensitive parts where the peppermint could burn. We especially love to use this scrub on our hands frequently throughout the week. It is really great at relieving dry, itchy fingers.

Cool fact: Peppermint Oil has a stimulating effect on the right brain. Which means when you are feeling anxious, hyperactive, have lack of focus, and feel overly emotional you could use some right brain stimulation.* This Refreshing Foot Scrub will wake up your brain in the morning, or refresh your brain after a long day of work or play, and it’s the perfect chemical free way to sluff away dry skin, moisturize, and invigorate all at the same time. No need for soap. The coconut oil is a natural anti-microbial. Just rinse & pat dry to maintain silky smooth skin.

Now that you’re feet & brain are happy… how’s your spine? #getadjusted 

*Source: “Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders” By Dr. Robert Melillo

Happy Feet!

June is the official start of summer, but in Southern California it seems summer is year round. This year, we had an unseasonably cold winter. Our weather has now shifted back and much to our relief it’s time to dig out our favorite sandals from the back of the closet.

Now, I’m a die-hard barefoot girl, in fact, I’m writing this while sporting my bare feet. So I get the need for free and happy feet. I’m also an avid motorcycle rider, but as soon as I get off my bike I kick off the boots and either slip on my favorite Birkenstocks, or prance around barefoot. Not only do my feet love me, but so does my back.

Did you know your feet are the most important piece of the puzzle regarding your posture? Seriously, this is why each adjustment I perform starts with your feet and why after every single adjustment I make, I re-evaluate the changes it made all the way down to your feet. Here’s how it works:

Every muscle in your body is surrounded and held to together by a mess of thin see-through tissue called fascia. It surrounds each muscle, then holds each muscle group together, and then holds the entire body together connecting to every single joint throughout your body. Which means, changes in the muscle tension in your jaw show up all the way down to your feet! Without fascia, you’d be super loosey goosey and jiggly.

Fascial tension is meant to be balanced throughout the body. Just like every joint in your body, including your spinal joints are meant to be well-aligned. But sitting funny, wearing crazy high heels, over working our toes while flipping and flopping around town, or sleeping on a pillow that offers little support, you can sense the changes in fascial tension. Ouch!

Chiropractors are highly trained to isolate and analyze fascial planes and every joint in your body for imbalance. We are also trained on how to re-balance them too. However, you have to do your part too. Just like making sure you are sleeping on a properly supportive pillow to prevent neck pain, you should be evaluating your shoes for proper fit and support.

So, before you dust off those comfy flops, and slide in your fancy toes, take a few minutes to investigate their “fitness” by clicking off this list to ensure you get the best fit and support possible. Preventing foot pain and ultimately back pain now is worth not spending several hours each day suffering.

          • Are the soles in good shape, worn evenly or too thin?
          • Do the arches fit snuggly into yours?
          • IS there any arch support?
          • Do the straps fit snuggly, but not too tight or loose?
          • Are the straps comfortable and don’t cause blisters?
          • Do your feet stay within the foot bed?
          • When you wear these sandals, you don’t notice any foot, ankle, knee, hip, back or neck pain?

If you answered YES to ALL of these, then have at it. Wear these sandals for as long as possible. However, if you answered NO to any of these then it’s time to say “Adios!” and find a new sole-mate!

Here are a few personal favorite brands that I love. They can be found at The Walking Company or Zappos.com (free shipping on all orders and returns):

          • Birkenstocks
          • Chaco
          • Mephisto
          • Dansko
          • Merrell
          • Keen

Now, that your feet are happy… how’s your spine? #getadjusted

The 3 Things Getting in Your Way of Optimal Health

Dr. Mindi L. Jentes, D.C. Brio Wellness Center
Dr. Mindi L. Jentes, D.C.
Brio Wellness Center

The 3 Things Getting in Your Way of Optimal Health
By: Dr. Mindi L. Jentes, D.C.

When we were younger we had a bunch of life, full of energy! 4am wasn’t an early morning, it was a late night! Sometimes we look back on our “younger days” and wish we had the energy and stamina now that we had then. As we age, we begin to notice more and more the importance of taking care of our bodies. Incorporating chiropractic is one super solid way to do that!

Aging causes stiffness, aches, joint pains, changes in our sleep and digestion and the list could on, right? But did you know you could slow this process and even prevent many of these “normal aging processes”?

There are 3 things that are getting in the way of achieving optimal health. These 3 things initiate a stress response to harmful situations, leading to functional changes in your body.

  1. Trauma results from falls, injuries, accidents.
  2. Toxins are harmful things we inhale, injest, or absorb.
  3. Auto Suggestions are the negative words, self doubt, beliefs about ourselves & others, crippling thoughts/memories we play over and over in our heads.

You may not be able to control the situation, but you can control your response to these 3 Things. When we respond positively, our body is able to heal quickly. However, when you respond negatively to Trauma, Toxins &/or Auto Suggestions, you will likely notice muscle aches and joint pains, headaches, change in digestion and elimination, stiffness, irritability, sleep disturbances, etc… creeping in on you. Often times, we chock it all up to “getting older” or we tell ourselves what we are experiencing will pass. However, that is not necessarily true nor is resignation the best approach to living a life full of vitality.

Chiropractic adjustments performed by a licensed chiropractor can improve your body’s stress response to these life challenges by unlocking stuck joints throughout the body. When the joints begin moving again the nervous system functions better, blood flow increases, lymphatic drainage improves, muscle tension eases, and your body is better able to rest and digest. By restoring the communication between the brain and the the rest of your body, optimal can be achieved!

Chiropractors can also help you reach your healthy lifestyle goals by teaching you exercises to improve the integrity of the joints in your body. We also teach you about the role of nutrition on your health and help you find solutions to metabolic changes as you age. We help you set goals towards achieving balance in your many life changes and challenges as you age.

So the next time you start to tell yourself “Well, I’m just getting older”… STOP! Replace that thought with…“It’s time to get adjusted!”


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Chiropractic IMPROVES

  • Health
  • Quality of Sleep
  • Mental Focus
  • Active Lifestyle
  • Less Stress
  • Happiness
  • Well-being
  • Immune System
  • Circulatory System
  • Healthy Digestion
  • Strength
  • Mobility
  • LIFE!

Chiropractic DECREASES

  • Pain
  • Disease
  • Illness
  • Stress
  • Aches
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Prescription Drug Use
  • Fatigue
  • Over the Counter Remedies
  • Injuries
  • Bad Posture

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April 13 – May 30
Donate a BEACH BAG filled with:
boy/girl swimsuit (size 5)
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to give to the homeless children of
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New Patients: FREE New Patient Visit!
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Wipe Out!… Ouch! Let Us Help!

Athletes, Parents, Grandparents,Teachers, Doctors, Fitness Professionals… You won’t want to miss out on this very important talk! Be sure to register here: www.SoCalConcussionSeminar.com Invite your friends, neighbors, families, athletic teams, classes, gym friends, patients, etc… Sponsored by Dr. Julie Brown, DC, DACNB of Southern California Brain Centers in Los Alamitos. See you there!!!Screenshot 2015-03-20 18.32.02