Our First Trauma
There are so many things that occur around birth.
For parents, there are a multitude of choices to make and even more questions you may have.
Out of all the things that you learn as a parent going through pregnancy and delivery, there is one thing that I can almost guarantee has not been shared with you (unless you have been to a pediatric chiropractor).
The very first trauma (in most cases) for your baby comes during the birthing process.
Now, in this incidence the word trauma refers to the stress of birth and its effects on baby.
Think about it! If you were in a confined space being pushed on and squeezed for hours how would you feel after?
In the grand scale of what trauma can be, this may be on the lower end, but trauma nonetheless!
Even during the most peaceful birth with no interventions there is still some level of trauma.
In a study of 100 newborns, 99% of the newborns were found to have somatic dysfunction (subluxation) of at least 1 area of the spine(1).
Meaning, in at least one area of the newborn’s spine (upper neck most common) there was misalignment and improper movement.
In a different study, the author points out that “The potential for injury to the upper cervical (upper neck) spine is greater when there is intrauterine misalignment, multiple fetuses, prolonged labor, and the use of extraction aids (2).”
On average, during a c-section birth, there is 60-90 pounds of axial traction put on the head and upper cervical spine of the baby. In short, 60-90 pounds of pressure on the head and neck while baby is pulled by the head.
I am not sharing this with you to scare you. I am simply sharing the facts.
If 99 out of 100 babies were found to have subluxation (misalignment and improper movement) somewhere in their spine with uncomplicated births, what happens when intervention is added?
Why does it matter?
It matters because of what occurs when those early subluxations are not corrected.
Misalignment and improper movement may seem like a small thing, especially in a baby, but I assure you it is not.
Subluxation not only changes how the spine functions, but it also negatively impacts brain/nervous system function.
When the spine is not functioning properly the brain is receiving stress messages from the body.
Overtime, these messages alter the function of the brain/ nervous system. Creating a chronically stressed environment with the body.
In this stressed environment things like growth and development are altered.
Chiropractic care is focused on finding subluxation (misalignment and improper movement) and correcting it.
Not only does this improve spinal function, but it also improves the function of the brain/ nervous system.
Having your child checked and adjusted as close to birth can be one of the most effective ways to ensure proper spinal and brain/nervous system function.
Giving your munchkin’ the optimal foundation to grow and develop!
John A. Lucich, MD. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, November 2015, Vol. 115, 644-645. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2015.133
H. Biedermann . Kinematic Imbalances Due To Suboccipital Strain In Newborns Journal of Manual Medicine June (No. 6) 1992, pp151-156