|Your doctor at Chiropractic for Life has great news for parents of infants with colic: A new major review study reveals that chiropractic care alleviates colic. What’s more, it is safer and more effective than medical interventions.
Colic is characterized by irritability, excessive crying, gas and difficulty sleeping. Colic is a diagnosis of exclusion that should only be made after a thorough evaluation to rule out other ailments.
Your doctor at Chiropractic for Life explains that this evaluation should include checking the infant for misalignment of spinal bones (vertebrae) — a condition that has been linked with colic.
Spinal misalignments in infants are sparked by the twists, turns and pressure placed on the head, neck and spine during the delivery process. In fact, an average of 40 to 70 pounds of force is exerted on a newborn’s head and neck during birth. This strains the spinal joints in the upper neck especially the joint between the baby’s head and neck. Caesarean sections and assisted deliveries may produce additional torque to the infant’s head and neck, possibly setting these babies up for even greater risk.
Your doctor at Chiropractic for Life employs specially tailored, extremely gentle adjusting techniques for children, which were developed by pediatric researchers. Extremely light pressure is applied during infant adjustments. (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2005;28:1-5).Dr. Barbara Smith