Chiropractic Adjustments for Infants
Recently in the clinic, we had an adorable 1-month-old come in for his first adjustment. Often when people hear about a baby having a chiropractic adjustment, they will cringe. They imagine the twisting, cracking and popping associated with an adult adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments for infants are very different.
An infants’ joints are much more soft and flexible. Many of their bones are still a softer cartilage. Because of this, a chiropractor trained to do chiropractic adjustments for infants uses different techniques and far less pressure than would be used for an adult.
Dr. Ty Hall describes the amount of pressure used in a chiropractic adjustment for infants as, “the amount of pressure you would use to touch your eyeball or test a tomato for ripeness.” He also uses a light vibration, or oscillation, to adjust the baby. As he works with the infant, the baby actually “helps” with the adjustment by wiggling out some of the subluxations. You won’t hear any cracking or popping during an infant adjustment. There is only light pressure and gentle movement. Once the adjustment is complete, you will often be able to visibly observe a more even range of motion for the baby.
How do you know if a chiropractic adjustment for infants is necessary?
Dr. Ty asks parents these questions:
- How did the birth go? Were there any complications? Was there a c-section?
- Does the baby favor one side when nursing?
- Does the infant seem to favor one side when sleeping or laying on its back?
- Is the child struggling with feeding difficulties such as latching, sucking, reflux or fussiness?
- Are you noticing flat spots on the baby’s head?
- Is the infant having consistent bowel movements or is it struggling with constipation?
If there are any concerns related to these questions, it is commonly due to a lack of movement in the neck. When the infant doesn’t have full range of motion in their neck, it causes them to favor one side, which then leads to infant “flat head syndrome.” It also directly relates to how they feed and digest, which shows up as reflux and constipation issues.
What to look for in a chiropractor for your infant.
Chiropractors go through extensive education to receive their Doctorate in Chiropractics. However, there is an additional certification they should receive before doing chiropractic adjustments for infants or children. If you are looking for a chiropractor for your child, make sure they have received certification and training from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). This certification requires an additional 200 hours of training above and beyond the basic chiropractic training.
Dr. Ty Hall has received his ICPA certification and has experience with newborn, infant, and pediatric chiropractic care. If you have concerns about your infant or just want to make sure they are in alignment after birth, contact us.