May 21st, 2021
When it comes to infant care and treatment, chiropractic care is well known to successfully treat a wide variety of issues that come along with these precious little miracles! At Driven Fit + SWS, we treat babies as little as a few weeks old for issues related to sleep, digestion, colic, and more. Keep reading to learn more about our gentle, chiropractic care specifically targeted to treat infants and babies and why it is beneficial.
Chiropractic Care for Babies? Really!?
Yes! Chiropractors are licensed practitioners trained to perform gentle manipulations and adjustments on the body to restore normal body function. Adjustments and manipulations are meant to aid the body and provide short-term relief as well as long-term healing.
During an infant chiropractic care session, our resident chiropractor, Dr. Sponaugle, makes gentle adjustments that involve gentle massage or just a touch of the hand. The pressure used can be compared to how you test the ripeness of fruit and is completely safe for your baby.
Common Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Babies
Chiropractic care offers numerous benefits for infants and babies! The seven most common are listed below…
Adjustments to a Misaligned Vertebrae
It is not uncommon for infants to be born with a slight misalignment in their vertebrae, and chiropractic care offers a safe fix that allows for proper growth. Many infants are adjusted right after birth while others get adjusted weeks after. Regular spinal adjustments will aid in proper physical development and decrease the risk for injury (hello toddler phase!).
Easing Colic Symptoms
Infants typically develop colic due to an immature or underactive gastrointestinal system caused by a misaligned spine. This is problematic because an underdeveloped digestive system is unable to cope with gas buildup and can lead to pain and discomfort in the abdomen.
With proper adjustments, chiropractic care relieves the pressure from the gas buildup and allows the body to function properly. Gentle manipulations help stimulate the small intestine to mimic the natural movement of the muscles that aid in releasing fluid and gas. Just one simple adjustment can make a difference in helping your baby digest and process food without issue!
Treats & Prevents Ear Infections
Another common issue among infants is ear infection due to fluid buildup in the eustachian tubes. When this tube fails to drain, it leads to excessive pressure in the ear and causes infection and pain.
Chiropractic care helps drain the eustachian tube by dilating the muscles around it, thus relieving pressure and unblocking the tube. When complemented with medical treatment, chiropractic care helps the tube stay unblocked and prevents future ear pain and infection.
Boosts the Immune System
Studies show that when the spinal cord and nervous system are working properly, the body is more capable of fighting off pathogens.
Chiropractic care in babies leads to improved body function which provides a direct and indirect boost in the immune system. The nervous system is spread across the entire body, and any issue in the spine, nerves, and muscles can cause the body to malfunction, i.e., ear infection, gastrointestinal issues, etc. Regular adjustments will help keep your baby protected against infections and allergens.
Contact Driven Fit + SWS for chiropractic care services!
Interested in learning more about the chiropractic care services offering at Driven Fit + SWS? Please call or text our South Tampa wellness studio at (813) 440-3016!