By Dr Natasha Nixon, 2nd March 2017.
During the first year of life your baby’s brain and spinal cord is undergoing rapid development. In fact, 65% of neurological development occurs within the first year (1). A well functioning nervous system is essential to your child's development and can help optimise health physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially.
Neural dysfunction often occurs during the trauma of the birthing process through constraint, abnormal positioning in the uterus, spinal distress from journey through the birth canal, or during the delivery. In fact, studies reveal that approximately 80% of all newborns have some sort of nerve dysfunction (1). Nerve dysfunction associated with birth trauma may result in:
- Breathing difficulties
- Digestive disturbances
- Difficulty feeding and attachment
- Sleeping or settling issues
- Difficult turning head freely
- Head shape concerns
- Immune system dysfunction
- Neurological defects
Beyond birth, nerve dysfunction can occur through falls and bumps, stresses and environmental impacts.
WHAT WE DO
As Chiropractors, we assess your baby’s hips, spine and cranial-dural system. Very gentle and specific corrections are made to assist improvement in the function of your baby's spine and nervous system. Adjustments for babies differ significantly from adults and involve using light fingertip pressure or use of a gentle adjusting tool called an "activator". We also use the Retained Neonatal Reflexes technique to address challenges with poor muscle tone, coordination and developmental milestones.
To make an appointment call us on 02 9363 0080 OR 02 9241 2487
and find out how Chiropractic Care can help your little one.
J. Barham-Floreani (2009) How to Have Well Adjusted Babies. Second Edition. South Melbourne. Well Adjusted Pty Ltd.
International Chiropractic Paediatric Association - http://icpa4kids.com/index.php
- Inspiral - http://www.inspiralresources.com