The birth process, even under natural and controlled conditions, is potentially traumatic. During the pushing stage of labor, the spine, particularly the neck, may be injured as the baby is compressed and pushed down the birth canal. As the baby is compressed, the small bones of the spine may be pushed out of natural alignment. This causes the nerves to become stretched or twisted, and the vital communication system is disrupted.
These spinal mis-alignments and neurological disturbances (called subluxations) may result in the decreased function of one or more parts of the body, as well as depressed health in general. Subluxations can also foster the onset of sickness and disease as the body weakens.
The effects can be seen as early as the first few days or weeks of life; they can also be seen later in the child’s development or remain quiet for years.
The chiropractor is the health professional who is best-trained to do a spinal assessment of your newborn and young child. Early diagnosis and timely correction of spinal subluxation optimizes the development of your child’s neuromusculoskeletal system. Furthermore, the pediatric chiropractic exam assesses the alignment of cranial bones, with a view to proper brain development.