Chiropractic care for babies and kids?
A growing percentage of the population is now using chiropractic care for children right from birth and throughout childhood. This natural form of healthcare addresses many health concerns while promoting proper growth and development of the spine and nervous system.
Conditions we have helped in the past include:
- Acid Reflux
- ADD/ ADHD
- Chronic Ear Infections
- Developmental Delays
- Headaches/ Migraines
- Hip Issues After Birth
- Retained Reflexes
- Sleep Issues
- Trouble Breastfeeding
- Low Muscle Tone
Your child’s nervous system controls and coordinates their growth, development, and every single function in their body.
The birth process, no matter how natural, is usually the first major traumatic event that your baby will experience. Oftentimes, their spines (especially their necks) are the target of this trauma resulting in structural shifts of the spine. Spinal dysfunction places tension and pressure on the nervous system, which can lead to improper development and body function.
Chiropractic care is a powerful way for parents to help their child heal naturally, especially from chronic childhood illnesses that are being treated with potentially dangerous medications.
No health challenges? No problem! Chiropractic is a great way to keep the body functioning at a high level to prevent problems from developing.
When should my baby see a chiropractor?
There are times in a baby's first year of life when new stressors are being placed on their spine and nervous system. At these times, it is very important to get your baby’s spine checked by a paediatric chiropractor to ensure proper development and structure.
Important times to bring your baby to a chiropractor include:
- After the birth process.
- When your baby learns to hold his or her own head up.
- When your baby learns to sit up.
- When your baby learns to crawl.
- When your baby learns to stand.
- When your baby learns to walk.
- If your baby is experiencing any developmental delays.
Dr. Jennifer is trained by the International Chiropractic Paediatric Association (ICPA) where she learned and mastered the most gentle and specific chiropractic adjustment for your baby. The pressure we use to adjust a baby is the same pressure you would used to see if a tomato is ripe. Oftentimes babies will smile or sleep right through their adjustments.
Interested in how chiropractic can help your child? Check out the ICPA’s Parent Portal for great information, and schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Jennifer Yakimishyn by calling our office.
Can I receive Chiropractic care if I am pregnant?
Absolutely! At Foundation Chiropractic Co., we are concerned about the structural relationship between the spine, pelvis, and nervous system. During pregnancy a woman’s body undergoes dramatic changes. In a very short period of time, her body has to learn how to adapt structurally, hormonally, and emotionally.
We believe that all moms should enjoy and cherish their pregnancy. NeuroStructural Chiropractic care can help make pregnancy more comfortable, more enjoyable, and prepare the body for an easier, safer birth.
Common conditions that chiropractic can help with during pregnancy include:
- Acid Reflux
- Disruptions of Normal Birth Including: Abnormal Fetal Position, Prolonged Labour Time.
- Low Back Pain
- Morning Sickness
- Overall Wellness
- Pubic Bone Pain
- Sleep Issues
At Foundation Chiropractic Co., we do everything we can to ensure the safety of both mom and baby. Our office is equipped with specialized adjusting pillows that allow mom to safely lay face down to receive her chiropractic adjustment.
Our end goal is to stabilize mom’s pelvis and spine, allowing her to have a healthy and happy pregnancy.
Primitive Reflexes and Chiropractic
Primitive reflexes are reflex actions originating in your child’s central nervous system that are exhibited by normal infants in response to particular stimuli. They are pre-programmed into our nervous systems to help us survive and thrive in particular situations. For example, the rooting reflex is present to help infants know to turn their cheek towards food when it is feeding time to help ensure successful breastfeeding. There are more than 10 primitive reflexes that a child is born with. They should only remain active for the first few months of life however, sometimes they can be retained, meaning they remain active for a lot longer.
Retention of primitive reflexes can be caused by a variety of factors. The birth process is a key factor in the integration and processing of these reflexes. A traumatic birth (a birth with excessive twisting and pulling, a birth using forceps or vacuum extraction or a c-section) may lead to retained reflexes. Additional causes of retained reflexes in children include poor posture, falls, lack of tummy time, delayed or skipping crawling, chronic ear infections, or stress on the child’s spinal column which surrounds their nervous system.
Retained primitive reflexes in children can lead to development delays, sensory processing disorders, ADHD, autism and bedwetting. If the reflex remains retained into the teenage years and adulthood, they can contribute to issues in coordination, sensory perception, immunity, energy levels, impulse control, concentration, emotional learning and intellectual learning.
Dr. Jennifer was fortunate enough to learn from one of North America’s leading paediatric chiropractors where she extensively studied Dr. Robert Melillo’s work, a drug-free approach to helping children with a wide range of neurological disorders.
Our paediatric examination includes testing of the following primitive reflexes:
- Rooting Reflex
- Spinal Gallant Reflex
- Palmer Grasp
- Plantar Reflex
- Asymmetric Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR)
- Moro Reflex
- Landau Reflex
Aside from offering paediatric adjustments, Dr. Jennifer will educate parents on primitive reflex remediation exercises, an integral part of your child’s recovery.