The benefits of chiropractic for adults is well established - almost 20 million men and women visit licensed chiropractors annually as part of their health, wellness, and pain management regimens. But now an entirely new and potentially unlikely group is experiencing the drug-free benefits of chiropractic: infants and young children. Today, our birth rituals are often unnatural and cause harm so it is very important to get an infant checked, as injuries are common during delivery.
Newborns can benefit immensely from chiropractic adjustments. The birth process, complicated by a constricted uterus, a breech presentation, or a difficult delivery, can result in unintended spine or nerve damage to a vulnerable infant. For example a study of 1000 babies found that of the 17% suffering from vomiting, hyperactivity, and sleeplessness shortly after birth, 95% showed signs of spinal injury and dysfunction. Fortunately, chiropractic treatment for these maladies was found in the study to demonstrate success rates that "overshadow every other type of care." And the benefits extend beyond the child's newborn stage: chiropractic care has been shown to assist breast feeding, nervousness, sleep disorders, colic, and even ear, nose and throat infections.
During the birth process, a newborn's neck vertebrae can become misaligned, and affect the Eustachian tube. This may lead to fluid buildup in the middle ear, causing recurring ear infections. However, a study in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics found that 90% of children who received chiropractic adjustments did not experience another ear infection within six months of their initial visit - a success rate that's music to the ears of parents struggling with their kid's chronic ear infections. "While no medical condition is specifically treated by chiropractic care, it's been shown to benefit the immune system, because of the close relationship between the human nervous system and the immune system.
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