the body is a self-healing machine
Chiropractic helps your body to heal itself by removing any disruption to the Nervous System. We do this by adjusting the individual bones in the spine so that they are not pinching on the Nervous System. Chiropractic care for children is different from that for adults because it’s tailored to their age and weight. Adjustments often require no more pressure than you’d use to test the ripeness of a tomato.
We regularly adjust newborn children to be sure their spine is lined up correctly after those long nine months in the womb and the added stress through the intensity of birth. We continue to adjust through early childhood—fixing problems caused by the rigours of learning to walk or ride a bike—right on up through high school to keep their nervous system healthy as they get bumped and thumped during sporting events or the stress of growing.
Help During Pregnancy
Dr Schaffer obtained his Webster Certification from the International Pediatric Chiropractic Association (ICPA), a non-profit that supports chiropractic care for children and in pregnancy through training, public education and evidence-informed research.
This certification means he has an in-depth understanding of the importance of and techniques chiropractic care in pregnancy for safer, easier births. The technique is specifically applied in situations of potential breech birth, and allows Dr Jim to prepare the mother’s body to encourage the baby to turn in the womb.
Chiropractic for Newborns
The last few months of pregnancy your baby has been squeezed into a very small space and their head neck and spine have likely been twisted and bent into unnatural positions. And just as likely, their muscles have gotten used to holding the body and bones in that unnatural position. Additionally, the process of birth is very hard on the newborn. There is pulling and twisting on their tiny neck and spine.
Chiropractors are trained to gently help the body allow the bones to align properly. This process provides for fuller function of the baby. As an example, a study by the American Medical Association found that 84% of newborns have upper cervical misalignment. These misalignments are directly associated with the newborns ability to turn their head in the normal position to nurse, as well as causes of reflux and ear infections.