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Why do chiropractors adjust infants and babies?

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Why do chiropractors check the spines of infants and babies?  Typically when a baby is born, the OBGYN assists the mother’s delivery by holding onto the baby’s head and with some degree of pressure or force pulling the baby out of the birth canal.  This amount of force, especially when the baby’s head is rotated right or left can cause muscle contraction that effects the spinal alignment.  The babies that have the more severe alignment issues are typically the ones that develop croup, colic, latching issues and ear infections. The misaligned vertebra causes nerve dysfunction which can lead to those conditions.  The chiropractic spinal alignment correction on newborns and babies is extremely gentle and could be described as light pressure or tapping which is enough to relax the neck muscles and correct the alignment of the spinal bones.  It should also be said that if the baby was born in what is called traumatic birth delivery (forceps, vacuum extraction), the need for chiropractic care is paramount.  The average patient who is under pregnancy, prenatal chiropractic care in our office, typically brings the newborn baby for a chiropractic check-up 2 weeks after birth. Most chiropractors check and or adjust their own children’s spines on the day they are born.



Dr J. Zimmerman, Chiropractor Dr. Zimmerman is a practicing chiropractor from Galloway, NJ with 30 years of chiropractic practice.

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