There are a lot of things I love about being a Doctor of Chiropractic, however one of my most favorite things is when I’m invited to come to the hospital to give a newborn baby their very first chiropractic adjustment. In fact, I had that honor just the other day.
While the birth of a child is the most precious and beautiful experience a family will share, it can also be a physically stressful event for baby. The birthing process causes trauma to the spine, spinal cord, and cranium, which can lead to pain, spinal misalignments and nervous system interference. Babies may experience sleeping problems, feeding issues, and colic in the short-term. Long-term, birth trauma can lead to many other health challenges throughout childhood and into adult life. I’ve examined hundreds of adults in my career and many of the health challenges they are visiting our office for today, are consistent with trauma experienced through the birthing process. Could have an adjustment at birth made a difference for them? I believe it could have, however, we’ll never know for sure.
As I was driving home from the hospital after adjusting that sweet little newborn and his beautiful momma, I wondered, “How many people know the power of the chiropractic adjustment… especially when it is in the first few hours of life?”
As parents we want the best for our children. When the master of our systems, the nervous system, is turned on, everything else (the body, organs, tissues and nerves) has life. This powerful life force is important in infancy, in childhood, in adolescence, and as an adult. It’s the basis for everything your child will ever experience in their lifetime.
I’m concerned I may have not told everyone I know about the importance of having their babies adjusted immediately after birth to ensure the best health throughout life. I’m now on a mission to make sure that from this point forward I don’t miss anyone!
Please share this post with the expectant parents you know so they can arrange for their newborn’s first adjustment. Don’t wait for symptoms to appear. The chiropractic adjustment is about health, not sickness. Life, not disease.