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Why Kids Benefit from Chiropractic Care at Vibrant Health.

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Doctors of Chiropractic work with reducing spinal nerve stress by correcting misalignments. Since the master control system of the body is the nervous system, its proper function is imperative for overall health and well-being. 

Children are susceptible to trauma in their spines from various activities and events. Birth in our society can often be traumatic, even if operative devices are not used.  Simple microtraumas from diapering techniques to sitting in a car seat can also affect the developing spines and interfere with the nervous system function. 

Although symptoms such as pain and malfunction may not show up for years, injury affecting their vitals may be present immediately and have a lifetime of effects. 

What is the Webster Technique and how can it aid in birth scenarios?

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If your baby has not moved into its optimal position by approximately 36-37 weeks, your doctor may suggest the external cephalic version. During this procedure the doctor will attempt to turn your baby while still in the uterus by pushing on your abdomen with his or her hands. 

This procedure can bring about complications for any mom including vaginal bleeding, premature rupture of membranes, fetal distress and premature labor. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (2000), this external version only has a 58% success rate. 

Due to its proposed success in balancing the pelvis in pregnancy, the Webster Technique should be the logical first choice for mothers to facilitate normal function throughout pregnancy.

The Webster Chiropractic adjustment begins with the process of realigning the sacrum, which may relieve the pull that creates the tension in the uterus. Once that tension is removed, your baby may be free to follow its instincts and assume its best possible position for birth. This adjustment involves no external forces on the baby directly, and it is very comfortable and extremely safe. 

Can Chiropractors Turn Breech Babies?

Chiropractic is about reducing the restrictions in the physical structure and nervous system so that the body can function the way it was intended to, and the same goes for a woman’s body throughout pregnancy. 

The absence of tension in the muscles and ligaments of the pelvis and uterus, babies naturally seek to move into optimal birth positioning on their own. While Chiropractors cannot “turn” breech babies, they can provide a specific and gentle adjustment to a pregnant mother’s spine and pelvis, which can help create more space in the pelvis and uterus for the baby to get into the head down position. 

3 Things to Know About Chiropractic and Tongue-Tie

  1. Reducing Nerve Interference to Tongue Muscles 

  2. If your infant’s tongue seems too tight, the oral tissue of the frenulum might not be what’s restricting it. In some cases, nerves that power the tongue may be up-regulated or down-regulated. In either case, the tongue muscle can appear weak or tight. 

  3. Aligning Bone and Joint Structures that are Attached to the Tongue 

  4. The tongue muscles and the swallowing muscles are attached to the bones of the head and neck. However, if the bony structure is not aligned in the functional position, the soft tissues connected to it can be pulled from their proper alignment. This can restrict the tongue motion and give the appearance of a “posterior tongue-tie.” Feeding difficulty will follow. 

  5. Ruling Out the Frenulum as the Culprit 

  6. A tight jaw or misaligned vertebrae can also cause ineffective latch or milk transfer. Pediatric Chiropractors have special training in recognizing structural adaptations. Therefore, your chiropractor can help assess the tongue’s natural state of being. It also helps him or her to discern whether the frenulum is functional or needs potential surgery. 

A certified chiropractor can care for these adaptations. He or she will make gentle adjustments to normalize the neck, intraoral cranial bones and soft tissue. The goal of such care is to remove the possible cause of nerve up-regulation or down-regulation to the tongue. This should be addressed to enhance breastfeeding function and proper tongue movement.

How Chiropractic Adjustments Improve Body Functions

Everything that takes place in the body is regulated by information contained in the brain and the nervous system. The brain is the control center of all bodily functions. The spinal cord and branching nerves send signals from the brain to control and coordinate the functions of all the organs, tissues and systems. Nerves also send signals from the body back to the brain. This relaying of electrical and chemical signals to and from the brain allows the body to function and adapt to everything that we do and experience. 

The delicate brain and spinal cord are protected by bone. In order for the body to be healthy, it must be able to adapt to internal and external forces. The body can be subjected to experiences that may overwhelm its ability to fully adapt. These stressors impact the body and may create vertebral subluxations. 

Vertebral subluxations are like static in a communication system. They prevent the brain from accurately perceiving what is happening in the body and from properly regulating bodily functions. Often subluxations are present without pain or symptoms. Left uncorrected, subluxations reduce the function of the body and may manifest in an increased aptitude for disorders, illnesses, disability and disease. An unobstructed nervous system is essential for the body to be healthy and vital. 

Correcting vertebral subluxations with a specific spinal adjustment allows the body to function better. Free of subluxations, the brain and body function more harmoniously and adapt to stressors more successfully! 

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