Infant Care

Chiropractic Care  |  Pre-Post Natal & Infant Care

Why take your infant to a Chiropractor?

Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to help infants with a variety of health challenges or conditions. Dr. Teri’s unique approach combines gentle chiropractic adjustments with myofascial unwinding and craniosacral technique to support a better-regulated nervous system and the most improvement for the infant. These techniques have positive impact on the overall health of your infant. 

If both sides of the occipital base (bottom of the skull) are severely compressed, it’s common to see colic; food regurgitation; esophageal reflux; respiratory difficulties, rapid heart rate; and compromised bowel function (constipation or diarrhea). There also may be spasms of the neck muscles. If left untreated, the situation may result in a hyperactive child syndrome and attention deficit disorder.” 

John Upledger, DO, OMM, Applications of CranioSacral Therapy in Newborns and Infants, Part 1, Massage Today, May 2003, Vol.03, Issue 05.

Key Benefits

Reduction of Colic/Reflux
  • Colic: Colic is a condition that causes babies to cry excessively. It is often caused by digestive problems. Chiropractic care can help to reduce colic symptoms by improving nerve function and reducing inflammation.
  • Reflux: Reflux is a condition that causes stomach acid to back up into the esophagus. Chiropractic care can help to reduce reflux symptoms by improving the alignment of the spine and reducing pressure on the stomach.
Improved Breastfeeding/Latching

When breastfeeding challenges occur, sometimes the problem is not with the mother’s technique, but rather with the baby themself. In order to latch normally and to transfer milk, the baby’s neck, jaw, palate and cranium must be in alignment. The tongue, also, must have the proper strength and range of motion. All of the muscles of the tongue are attached to the underlying boney structure AND cranial nerves travel through that structure to make it all function. The alignment and tone of the infant’s body determine if all of the working pieces are able to function normally toward successful breastfeeding.

Improved Immune System Function

The spine is home to the central nervous system (CNS), which is responsible for controlling all of the body’s functions, including the immune system. When the spine is misaligned, it can put pressure on the nerves in the CNS, which can interfere with the body’s ability to fight off infection. Chiropractic adjustments can help to correct spinal misalignments and improve nerve function, which can boost the immune system.

Chiropractic care can help to improve circulation. When the spine is misaligned, it can restrict blood flow to the brain and other organs. This can lead to a number of health problems, including a weakened immune system. Chiropractic adjustments can help to improve circulation and deliver more oxygen and nutrients to the cells, which can help to strengthen the immune system.

There are many issues greatly improved by gentle Chiropractic adjustments such as ear infections, sinus/respiratory issues, etc.

Chiropractic care can help to reduce stress. Stress can weaken the immune system, making it more difficult for the body to fight off infection. Chiropractic adjustments can help to reduce stress by relieving pain and tension, which can help the body to relax and heal.

Improved Head Shape & Neck Movement

This combined treatment can have a huge improvement on torticollis (wry neck) and plagiocephaly ( flat head syndrome)

Improved Sleep

Many infants with sleep problems, such as colic, can benefit from chiropractic care. Chiropractors can help to align the spine and improve nerve function, which can lead to better sleep.

Improved Development

Chiropractic care can help to improve overall development in infants. Chiropractors can help to align the spine and improve nerve function, which can lead to better development.

Reduced Risk of Ear Infections

Reduced risk of ear infections. Chiropractors can help to improve the drainage of fluid from the ears, which can help to reduce the risk of ear infections.

Reduced risk of Asthma

 Chiropractors can help to improve the function of the lungs, which can help to reduce the risk of asthma.

Reduced risk of Allergies

Chiropractors can help to improve the function of the immune system, which can help to reduce the risk of allergies.

Infant Stretches

River had really bad gas problems and when he was adjusted, it Definitely Helped!!! He didn’t seem so fussy and better digestion.

S.H.

Bringing Savannah to Teri is what stopped her from getting double ear infections every 4-6 weeks. You helped us quite a bit with our baby that had challenges with feeding. Chiro + feeding therapy was allowed us to continue our nursing journey. You helped my then toddler with growing pains and you helped my brand new baby with colic and I will never forget it

J.R.

Adjustments helped with my babies’ latch for better feeding. Typically they’re tight on one side post birth and need to get adjusted to be able to turn their heads easily to both sides.

K.R.

Dr. Teri helped Wren with her reflux and sleep in simply astounding ways. I was completely shocked that it worked so quickly and fully.

L.G.

Resources

Belly Mapping

Belly Mapping - Spinning Babies

Fetal positioning has a crucial impact on pregnancy comfort and ease in labor and birth.

“Belly Mapping®: Using kicks and wiggles to predict posterior labor” appeared in Vol. 12 Issue 4 (Fall 2004) International Doula, a quarterly publication of DONA International (previously Doulas of North America). This was the first published material on Belly Mapping®

Belly Mapping® and the Belly Mapping Method™ are born of the Spinning Babies® family.

Download the free Belly Mapping® parent handout in English or in Spanish

Rest & Pregnancy

Rest SmartSM simply means maternal positioning with gravity. Alignment promotes muscle relaxation and an open pelvis.

Rest Smart Article - Spinning Babies