As a person that has received chiropractic care, you might think that the pressure and adjustments may not be safe for an infant. However, there is a difference between the type of care that a Doctor of Chiropractic would apply to an adult, and the way that they would treat a child or a baby.
A chiropractor that treats infants would train in specific techniques for treating babies. While there is more ways in which the treatment approach would differ, the most noticeable difference for a patient would be the amount of force that is applied to make adjustments.
With an adult, there can be times when a significant degree of pressure or force is needed; however, when we conduct pediatric chiropractor care we use more of a gentle touch.
While a baby is unlikely to be subject to the long list of issues that might afflict an adult patient, there are several ways that chiropractic care for babies can be beneficial. To start, babies can experience misaligned joints, compression at the joints, nerves that are under pressure from inflammation at the joints and they can have muscle pain and stiffness related to these issues.
For a parent, many of these problems may not be noticeable. The baby might seem overly fussy, anxious, there might be trouble sleeping or the baby might seem resistant to being held in certain positions. Though it may not always be the case, all of these symptoms can be signs that there is a subluxation or some other issue relating to the joints, muscles or nervous system.
With a chiropractor that specializes in the treatment of infants, many of these issues can be addressed through gentle adjustments. In the process, the doctor will examine the infant to identify any issues that may be causing pain, discomfort or disorder. Once the issue has been identified, our Plymouth MN chiropractor will apply a very limited amount of pressure to make the necessary adjustments.
Another benefit that infants can get from pediatric chiropractor care is as simple as improved overall health. Whether you are an adult, a child or an infant, healthy nervous system function is important to the health of the entire body. Regular maintenance from a chiropractor will ensure proper nervous system function and this can improve immune system function and digestion. For an infant, this can reduce the chances of various illnesses and health concerns and it can be good for ensuring healthy digestion.