Infants and Subluxations
It’s been a few months since I’ve had a workshop in the office sharing why I’m so passionate about helping prenatal and pediatric patients! Stay tuned for online webinars to come! There are so many reasons why I love working with children but the main reason is they respond so well to care. Some of the reasons why parents seek out care for their children is for: anxiety, asthma, colic, constipation, ADHD, epilepsy, sleep, ODC, ODD and the list goes on!
Some may questions why individuals would get adjusted or their children when they have no symptoms. So here’s the thing. We deal with a lot of stress in our lives and that stress builds up on our nervous system. To the average eye you can see this stress building up on the nervous system by change in muscle tones, head tilts, uneven shoulders, scapulas, and hips.
So lets chat about chiropractic care for infants. We assume that infants don’t have stress building up but they definitely can have stress on their little bodies. If pregnancy is stressful that affects the baby and the birth processes can also be very traumatic for the little ones. I was reading an article in a chiropractic magazine (Pathways) last week about how we look at pain for the mother during labor but we assume the baby feels no pain during labor. This amount of stress can build up on their bodies and we start to see colic, constipation, and lack of sleep (to name a few). But do healthy infants have subluxations?
Yes! In the study attached (Incidence of Somatic Dysfunction in Healthy Newborns) they looked at 100 HEALTHY infants between 6 and 72 hours old. The infants were examined for somatic dysfunction (aka: subluxations in the chiropractic world) within 34 joints between the vertebrae and cranial bones. Within the 100 infants they found that 91 had a misalignment in the cervical region (neck) and 94 had a misalignment within the lumbar region (low back).
This is HUGE! And I haven’t even shared with you the cranial misalignments that were shown…99 had somatic dysfunction at the sphenobasilar joint.
This is why I feel like every child should be assessed for subluxations after childbirth! If 91% had a cervical fixation then this can directly affect the brainstem and vagus nerve! By the way the vagus nerve is the largest parasympathetic nerve (brake pedal) in the body!
For more info on the study see the attachment!