An Insight into Chiropractic Care for Babies and Young Children from an Eastbourne Chiropractor for Babies
Eastbourne Chiropractor James Revell shares his insight into chiropractic care for babies.
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 difficult experience for a baby, and some babies can seem unsettled after delivery. Of course there are lots of reasons why a baby is upset or distressed. In some cases it may be due to a simple muscle or joint irritation. Those are the kind of things that chiropractors often treat in adults, and it can be the same in children as well as babies.
Baby Don’t Cry
Unlike children and adults, babies can’t articulate if and where they’re feeling any discomfort of pain. In fact their neurological pathways are still developing so they won’t perceive pain in the same way we do. So, although the babies birth and general health history is important, it’s really useful to the chiropractor to gently feel and assess baby’s muscles and even their little joints.
Your chiropractor will always carry out a thorough (and appropriately gentle) examination when they see you and your baby.
The second major change to a baby’s 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 also a time when baby (or by now the “Toddler”) has a few bumps and falls.
If your child of any age seems to be suffering with a muscle or joint ache or pain then a chiropractor will be well placed to give you some advice and perhaps treatment. My own journey to becoming a Chiropractor started because I used to suffer with headaches. My mother took me to the chiropractor who was very professional, he took his time to explain what was wrong and how he was going to help.
After a few chiropractic treatments and some self-help advice my headaches had gone. As you can tell I was so inspired that I later trained to become a chiropractor myself.
Since settling in Eastbourne in 2005 and bringing up my children I find that other parents often ask:
“Oh You’re a Chiropractor, so What Does a Chiropractor Do?”
In short I explain that my focus is how I can help muscles and joints function. The long answer is that: “Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that focuses on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, with special emphasis on the spine“.
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.
What Does Chiropractic Treatment for Babies and Children Involve?
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.
Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne
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.
If you want to find out more about how chiropractic care can help your child or if you have any questions or concerns, I and my chiropractic colleagues are always happy to provide a complimentary chat.
If you would like to make an appointment for your baby with James at the clinic in Eastbourne, click here to find out more.
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