Chiropractic Care for Newborns

Chiropractic care can help minimize the effects of traumas naturally associated with birth by ensuring that your newborn baby's spinal and nervous system function as they should.


The process of being born is stressful for a baby on physical, chemical and emotional levels.

On an emotional level, studies show that the heart rate and levels of stress hormones in the blood of a baby as it undergoes the birth process exceeds those of an adult undergoing a heart attack.

On a chemical level, even if newborn and mother are able to avoid the drugs which often accompany the birthing process, there’s a problem with the oxygen. In being born, a baby is forced from an environment with a low level of oxygen (the womb), to one with high levels of oxygen.

This change brings with it unavoidable chemical stress as the fetus attempts to rapidly adapt to the sudden increase in potentially damaging oxygen levels.

And, on a physical level, the baby’s head, neck and shoulders are put under incredible pressure as they pass through the birth canal. This is complicated by the size of the baby’s head and by humans having a birth canal that is twisted in the middle.

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Injuries sometimes occur during birth. The most common birthing fracture is of the collar bone, one of the neck muscles can be torn causing bleeding, and the cranial bones can be displaced.

Less obvious, but more common, are neck injuries. As most chiropractors will testify, the structures of the neck are very susceptible to injury during birth. As a result, the circumstances that surround most births set the stage for the development of birth-related spinal subluxation.

Chiropractic care can help minimize the effects of traumas naturally associated with birth by ensuring that your baby's spinal and nervous system function as they should.

The loss of normal spinal and nervous system function is called 'subluxation'. Chiropractors are highly proficient in the detection, correction and prevention of spinal subluxations, in newborns as well as adults. Chiropractors have realized for many years that subluxations can be caused by chemical, physical and emotional factors, and that all 3 types of stresses are part of the birthing process.

An absence of symptoms doesn't necessarily equate to being healthy.

One of the most troubling misconceptions held by people today is the idea that an absence of symptoms necessarily equates with being healthy. This is especially true in the case of spinal subluxation, wherein symptoms may not appear for many years. 

As a result, all babies should be given the chance to have their spine examined, and if necessary, adjusted by a chiropractor at the earliest opportunity after birth.


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