Chiropractic Care for Infants and Toddlers
We get asked a lot, “Why should I get my infant adjusted?” Many people are unaware of the benefits of getting their new born baby adjusted. Your little bundle of joy may not be sick and certainly doesn’t have back pain, but chiropractic is not about back pain. It is about enhancing the nervous system.
During the first year of life, the brain develops faster than any other time. Essential neurological developmental changes occur that are crucial to your child’s growth and development. Did you know a baby’s spine lengthens by 50 percent in their first year of life? At no other time does this happen so rapidly. And how can we forget about the birth process? Mom, we know birth was not easy and being born is tough work too. Trauma happens in all kinds of births, even natural ones. Each birth process is unique, but there is always a chance that the baby suffers some sort of strain, and birth trauma can often cause neurological dysfunctions.
A study by Gutmann, examining more than 1,000 infants, concluded that approximately 80 percent had some form of nerve dysfunction. This is of utmost importance, since 65 percent of neurological development (brain and nervous system) occurs in a child’s first year. During this crucial time it is vital that the nervous system be healthy so the child can grow and develop to their potential.
Getting your baby checked by a chiropractor regularly from birth ensures their nervous system and spine is balanced and connected so they have the ability to better adapt to life’s stressors and function at their highest.
Infants and Toddlers that regularly see a chiropractor experience:
Easier bowl movements
Less ear infections
Increased immune system
Improvement in behavior
Chiropractic does not treat these issues, but instead improves your baby’s natural ability to heal and regulate. It does this by keeping the nervous system free of interference, so it can function at its best.
Pediatric Chiropractor in McKinney
At Invigorate Chiropractic we are focused on balancing the spine and nervous system to improve your baby’s brain-body communication, so your baby can GROW, DEVELOP and THRIVE at their optimal potential.
Dr. Lacey and Dr. Meghan have extensive training in pediatric chiropractic care and know how to assess if your baby is functioning at their full potential and maintaining optimal health. They are here to make sure your little one has the best start to life.
Is it safe for infants to get adjusted?
Yes. Adverse events linked to pediatric chiropractic care are virtually nonexistent, estimated at 1 in 250 million pediatric visits. There is not a single medical procedure safer than that. Dr. Lacey and Dr. Meghan do not take the same approach of adjusting for babies as they do adjusting adults. The child gets checked by hand then is placed in position (usually in Mom’s lap or on a pillow), and gentle pressure is applied. Babies need so little force to move their spine that the amount of pressure used is no more than that used to check if a tomato is ripe. It is very gentle, and most babies are relaxed throughout the adjustment. That’s all there is to it. It’s simple, safe, and effective.