Because the baby’s head & neck are used as a lever to assist it through the birth canal, this can often times strain the spinal joints in the neck resulting in neck stiffness & crooked posture.
Understand that all the twisting & pulling associated with the birth process can result in up to 60 lbs of force on a neck that has yet to see one day of life outside of the womb![flashvideo file=http://lifechiropractic.s3.amazonaws.com/15.11.2011.baby.head.movement.brad-2.mp4 image=https://lifechiropracticcentre.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/baby.head_.movement.jpg width=500 height=299 /]
Ask yourself how you would feel as an adult if someone pulled on your head & twisted it & your neck with 60 lbs of force? [ FYI – manual chiropractic adjustments employ 3 -5 lbs of force applied in a specifically controlled direction. ]
If the birth process itself was difficult or complicated, ie. prolonged labour, a forceps delivery, a vacuum assisted delivery or the baby presented in the wrong position, then the chances of your baby suffering birth trauma to the neck are even greater.
Other things that you may have also noticed ; your baby has difficulty holding their head in the upright position, they always hold their head turned or tilted to the same side, & you may even notice that they prefer to breast-feed from the same side only.
As a parent, you should not ignore these signs & symptoms as they are indicative of a definite spinal problem in the neck region. And in most cases, these injuries will not heal on their own & if left unattended they will set the stage for bad posture later in childhood & even degenerative spinal disease.
Early intervention is the key to preventing these things from happening and this is where chiropractic care can be of a huge benefit.
Gentle chiropractic treatments will help to heal the injured soft-tissues & correct the alignment of the delicate spinal joints.
This will ensure that as your baby grows, they will have good spinal flexibility & good posture both of which are essential for their overall health & well-being.
If you do have these or any other concerns about your child, you can call our office for more information on what we can do to help or you can always schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation.
Our phone # is 905 335 5433 & we have office hours on Mon,Wed,Thurs & most Sat mornings.
And, we have over 25 years experience helping children.
We would welcome the opportunity to help you & your family. Please call today.