Building your Baby's Brain
When most parents hear the term "Pediatric Chiropractic," in reference to newborn babies they usually have a couple of questions. The first is, "why does a baby need a chiropractic adjustment?" And second is, "What does an adjustment on a baby even look like?" So many moms and dads are looking for science-backed ways that they can help their baby grow optimally, whether it is proactively or if there is a current struggle going on.
For nine months, a baby will be floating in a calm, dark, peaceful environment where all of her needs are met. Then one day, the walls start closing in on her. Eventually, her head will engage with the inside end of the birth canal. From that point on, her head becomes a battering ram to force her way through the tiny opening of the birth canal. Now all the force that mom generates from her contractions is transmitted to the baby, especially the head and neck. This incredible force is what causes a baby's head to be elongated immediately after the birth process..
Once his head is out, we still have the body left to pass through. But now, there is something for the birth assistants to hold onto to help mom out. At this point in our second child's birth, the doctor twisted her neck completely to the left side and pulled on her head and neck. Then she turned her head in the complete opposite direction and pulled again. to get her shoulders to come through the birth canal. Can you imagine the amount of damage done to the top bones in her neck?
The birthing process is the first crisis that we go through, and research and experience have shown that vertebral subluxations are extremely common in newborn babies.
Vertebral subluxations distort the nervous system's ability to process the environment. The brain is dependent on the information from the outside world to determine function and development. This need is why we have senses.
We are taught that we have five senses, but there are actually at least eight. The five most known senses are outside the body sensors. The three lesser-known senses are inside the body detectors. It is the three internal sensors that have the most significant impact on brain development and maturation.
Proprioception is the sensation of your body in space. Interoception is the perception of the internal signals of your body. The vestibular system is the CEO or orchestra of all sensory systems.
All three of these internal sensory systems are adversely affected by vertebral subluxations.
Why are vertebral subluxations significant?
Harvard University on Brain Development
According to Harvard University Center on the Developing Child, early experiences affect the development of brain architecture, which provides the foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health. Just as a weak foundation compromises the quality and strength of a house, adverse experiences early in life can impair brain architecture, with adverse effects lasting into adulthood.
Chiropractic care for babies focuses on building a strong foundation for brain development. By correcting vertebral subluxations, babies can process their environment optimally, and therefore their brain has the best chance to develop a strong foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health for your child.
What does an adjustment look like for a baby?
An adjustment of a baby is exceptionally different than an adjustment for an adult. Since most babies are incredibly flexible, the force needed is minimal.
We show parents that many times, the force they use to burp their baby is greater than the force we use to adjust them. The average amount of force used is about the same used to test an avocado or tomato's ripeness.
Since adjusting babies is way different than adjusting adults, Dr. Vin has spent hundreds of training with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and the International Chiropractors Association for a Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics.
How do we get started?
There are three easy steps to getting started in our office. The first step is to take a detailed history so we can determine how long the stress has been affecting your baby's nervous system.
The second step is to do a neurological scan and exam to determine how much stress there is in your baby's nervous system.
Then based on that information, we make a plan and execute it so your baby can build a strong foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health.
How long has the stress been there?
How much stress is there?
Build a strong foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health.
Building your Baby's Brain
In addition to chiropractic care, parents ask us how they can help their child while at home. The most common question that we get asked from new parents is, "What can I do to help my baby develop optimally, and what things should I avoid doing?" Unfortunately, babies do not come with an instruction manual, so as parents, we have to decide what is best for our babies all on our own. Therefore, we love coming alongside new parents, holding their hands through the exciting parenting journey, and raising happy, healthy, well-adjusted children!
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