During my pregnancy, I regularly visited a Chiropractor and learned so much about what a chiropractor can do for moms and babies. You can read more about that here. After Aiden was born and had some issues with gas I knew just where to take him. Our visit with the pediatric chiropractor helped out a ton and really helped Aiden in the pooping department. A Pediatric Chripractor can be very helpful with common issues like colic, gas, and sleep issues. I am so excited that Dr. Shannon Bloch from American Health and a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association wrote this guest post on the benefits of a Pediatric Chiropractor for your baby.
The Benefits of a Pediatric Chiropractor
By Shannon Bloch
Many people are familiar with the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy, but what about chiropractic care for the babies? Babies undergo a lot of trauma during birth, whether it is a vaginal birth or cesarean section. Even “natural” births put a great amount of stress and strain on the baby’s body, which can affect their developing spine and nervous system. Currently, only about 3% of infants and young children receive chiropractic treatment.
Treating babies and children through chiropractic care is approached very differently than treating adults, as they do not come in complaining of “throwing out their back”. The most common complaints that parents usually bring their babies to a chiropractor for treatment include: colic, sleep issues, and nursing dysfunction.
When a chiropractor treats a child or baby the approach is very different than when they treat an adult. The chiropractor will consider all that the baby has gone through in utero. For example, in utero, the baby may have been in the same position for weeks, even months at a time. Now imagine how much of a toll it would take on our muscles and joints if we were in the same position for weeks or months at a time. We would probably have some pain as well as muscle and postural imbalances. We can then understand how the baby may have some musculoskeletal injuries or spinal misalignment from that, as well as, from the trauma of birth.
Checking the spine and musculoskeletal function and imbalances of a child is extremely important as they are constantly undergoing a period of rapid growth from the second they are born. Within the first 2 years of life, they are learning to hold their head up, sit, crawl and walk. Proper nervous system and muscukolsketeal function are essential for children to achieve all of these developmental milestones.
The most common concern for chiropractic treatment for children and babies: is it safe? Chiropractic treatment for children and babies consists of very gentle muscle work and stretching.
The amount of force used for the actual chiropractic adjustment is the same as the pressure you would use to test for a ripe tomato at the grocery store. Multiple studies and research has demonstrated that chiropractic treatment for children and babies is very safe with very few contraindications. Most importantly before a chiropractor treats a child or baby they will perform a full history and examination to determine the best method of care and discuss what treatment they recommend with the parents.
It is important to understand that a chiropractor is not treating any specific diseases or illnesses in the child but checking to see if they have any spinal or musculoskeletal imbalances that could be affecting their development.
The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) is an organization that performs and collects research on chiropractic treatment for pregnancy and pediatrics. On the ICPA website, you can find out more about chiropractic treatment, how a chiropractor could help your baby, or find a chiropractor that specializes in pregnancy and pediatrics near you!
Did your baby visit a pediatric chiropractor? Share your experience in the comments!
International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Available at: www.icpa4kids.com.
Shaw, G. Safety and Effectiveness of Pediatric Chiropractic. American Chiropractic Association. 2014.
Dr. Shannon Bloch is originally from Kitchener, Ontario Canada. She attended the University of Waterloo where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science. It was in undergrad that she realized she had a passion for helping others live a healthy lifestyle, which is what led her to pursue a career in chiropractic. After graduation she moved to New York to attend New York Chiropractic College. Dr. Bloch graduated with honors and gained extensive clinical experience at New York Chiropractic College. She spent the last year treating patients in Buffalo, New York where she treated patients at multiple clinical rotations including the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Hospital.
While in Chiropractic College, Dr. Bloch took a great interest in how chiropractic and nutrition can work together to help patients achieve a healthy lifestyle. This led her to additionally pursue a Masters degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition.
Dr. Bloch treats a variety of conditions and enjoys treating all types of patients including pregnant women, children, athletes and many others. Dr. Bloch uses a variety of hands-on chiropractic and soft tissue techniques and is certified in RockTape Level I and II Functional Movement Taping.
Dr. Bloch is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and is certified in the Webster Technique, which specializes in treating the pelvic alignment and biomechanics of pregnant women.