I can’t believe that today marks exactly a year since I graduated from Logan University and became a Doctor of Chiropractic. You know what they say! Time flies when you’re having fun! 🙂 Being a doctor is so much more than just diagnosing and treating patients. Being a teacher is also included in the very definition of the word doctor. I hope to use this blog to help teach the things that I have learned over the years to influence and educate families everywhere!
Why do children need to be checked by a Chiropractor? I can’t tell you how many times I hear this question, and I LOVE that people are asking because it gives me a wonderful opportunity to educate!
First a foremost, in utero your baby is confined to a small space and may even be in awkward positions at times. Secondly, birth can be a very traumatic process for both you and your baby. Even if you have a smooth and natural birth without any interventions. This can be hard for people to understand, they say to me… but it’s natural.. they are brand new? This is true but think about it, the baby is being squeezed by the mothers uterus with every contraction trying to push the baby through the birth canal. If the baby’s head isn’t in the opening of a dilated cervix it is being jammed into the side of the uterus and pelvis with every contraction causing stress on the baby’s spine and spinal cord. If interventions are used such as a vacuum or forceps …or the mother delivers via cesarean, the goal of the doctor is to get the baby out safely as fast as possible. However, these interventions can involve a lot of pulling and tractioning on the babies head and neck also stressing their spine and spinal cord. This often leads to misalignments or subluxations of the babies spine, most commonly in their cervical spine and pelvis. These subluxations are easily found and treated by Chiropractors through gentle adjustments. Because the problem hasn’t been there for very long at all babies respond very quickly and beautifully to these adjustments. If left unchecked these misalignments will likely remain in the child’s spine and their body will start to compensate. This compensation can lead to abnormal curves in the spine causing stress and pressure on their nervous system. Because the nervous system controls the whole body, interference can cause multiple health issues not just structural problems. A lot of parents will bring their babies in to have their spine checked for many different reasons including, colic, constipation or digestive system issues, reflux, the baby isn’t sleeping very well, the baby only likes to feed from one breast, they can’t turn their head a certain way… the list goes on and on. Again the WHOLE body is controlled by your nervous system which is your brain, brain stem, spinal cord and all the exiting nerves. The vertebrae in your spine house this nervous system, interference in this system could affect anything and everything in your child’s body. Don’t wait.. get your children checked today to prevent these issues from growing into serious health conditions that will take a lot more time and money to correct as an adult. Chiropractic care is natural and crazy cool 🙂 Take advantage of the natural and safe healthcare options you have available to you and always always ask questions! Educate yourselves as parents so you can make the best possible decisions for your children 🙂
Dr. Nicole Davis DC
Dr. Nicole Davis graduated from Logan University with not only her Doctorate in Chiropractic but her Bachelors in Life Sciences. After working with hundreds of clients a week in a busy Ohio Chiropractic clinic, she decided to head home to Des Moines to be closer to her family. She currently specializes in family wellness care with advanced training in pediatric and pregnancy care, working alongside 2 other doctors in the only Wellness Center in Iowa to offer Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Specialized Pediatric and Pregnancy Care as well as Functional Medicine. She loves spending time with family, friends and her dog, Maci. She is here to serve her community with love, support and enthusiasm.