While beautiful and transformative, the birthing process can also be very difficult for both mother and baby. Birth trauma refers to injuries from forces during birth, such as compression or pulling on the head or neck of the baby. Many babies born in hospitals or delivered via C-Section will have some form of birth trauma. Many of these injuries may be undetected without examination for years. However, sometimes the injuries are more apparent. Think of torticollis and facial distortion due to pressure on the bones of the skull and the face. Therefore, post birth chiropractic care is essential for all babies! Let’s look at an example.
The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family health described a case of facial distortion in a 2011 case report. A couple brought their four-day-old son to a chiropractor for a consultation. They were worried about the baby’s “twisted face” and wanted to try a natural, non-invasive approach first. After an evaluation, the chiropractor noticed that his mouth and nose were twisted to the left. Additionally, the baby’s trunk and head were rotated and flexed to the side. The chiropractor found misalignments in the upper neck and lower back.
The chiropractor used gentle and specific chiropractic adjustments to the spine and skull when present. The goal was to remove the misalignments causing stress on the baby’s structure. Over the next few months, the child’s neck and trunk were no longer rotated or flexed. Additionally, his facial distortion almost completely disappeared! The nervous system controls every system in the body. A chiropractor’s job is to correct misalignments that affect the nervous system. Therefore, the baby also experienced improvements in breastfeeding, bowel movements, and salivation!
Post birth chiropractic care is an essential part of our practice at Alive Chiropractic. We remove undue stress on the baby’s fragile structure and brand-new nervous system. In so doing, baby will grow and develop normally! Click here for more information on chiropractic adjustments for newborns. We are a family-focused chiropractic office, and would love to help your whole family function at your best! Take advantage of our new patient special and book an appointment today for your entire family!