Eastbourne Chiropractor for Babies
August 9th, 2017 43 post views
An Insight into Chiropractic Care for Babies and Young Children from an Eastbourne Chiropractor for Babies
Eastbourne Chiropractor Dr Gemma Crouch shares her insight into chiropractic care for little ones.
People are often surprised when they see parents with babies and young children in the reception area at Lushington Chiropractic ready for their adjustments. I often get asked why a baby would need to see a chiropractor and what is involved in their care. Therefore, I decided to write a blog to share some information, Eastbourne Chiropractor for babies…
Why Should My Baby see a Chiropractor?
H Bierdermann, a German orthopaedic practitioner, has explained that young children in the earliest stages of development go through two significant changes to their musculoskeletal (muscles and bones) system in early life.
The first is the birthing process.
Birth can be a very difficult experience for a baby, including natural births. Assisted deliveries such as forceps/ventouse or C-section, can increase the distress they experience. New-borns, as a result, are often very unsettled after delivery.
The musculoskeletal system in a baby and young child is very delicate. This means that biomechanical irritation to their muscles and joints is common. A check-up is often recommended at this stage.
The second major change occurs with an upright posture when a child starts to master walking.
The developmental transition from crawling on four bases to walking on two, changes the biomechanical properties of a child’s musculoskeletal system. The spine and pelvis become the new weight bearing structures with muscles and joints surrounding these structures playing new roles. It is inevitable that some bumps and falls may happen, and with the new biomechanical changes to a delicate musculoskeletal system, a check-up is also recommended at this stage.
Before a child’s last major growth spurt at 11-13 years of age, children are most at risk of developmental irregularities which can progress in later life if not attended to at an early age. For example, young children may have a delayed onset of walking simply because the pelvis and spine are not functioning as effectively as they should due to increased tension and strain on the joints making walking very difficult for them.
What Does a Chiropractor Do?
Chiropractors are specialists in musculoskeletal conditions, such as increased tension and problems with muscles and joints. For babies and young children, musculoskeletal conditions can present themselves in many ways. For example, at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne, I see a lot of unexplained crying and irritability, difficulty settling to sleep, looking to one side only and a dislike to lying on their back to sleep.
Occasionally, I also see infants who have difficulties with breastfeeding or who have a preference to one breast over the other because turning their neck to one side causes them discomfort.
A delay in motor milestones such as Tummy Time, crawling or walking can indicate that the muscles and joints in a child’s musculoskeletal system are not functioning as well as they should.
What Does Chiropractic Treatment for Babies and Children Involve?
The treatment I use is modified, very gentle and suitably controlled for babies and young children. I will always explain to you what is going on and talk you through your child’s treatment plan.
Young children often respond very well to chiropractic care and you may notice some changes quickly. Chiropractic adjustments are suitable for babies and children of all ages and do not cause any harm.
If you want to find out more about how chiropractic care can help your child or if you have any questions or concerns, I am always happy to provide a complimentary chat.
If you would like to make an appointment for your baby with Gemma at the clinic in Eastbourne, click here to find out more.
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