A difficult birth can cause trauma and underlying injury to your newborn’s spine and central nervous system. As your child continues to grow and develop, their spine undergoes various levels of stress as they learn to walk, crawl, play and become involved in sports and activities. Many of these experiences result in interference to the nervous system of your child, making pediatric chiropractic care important for their developing spine and nervous system.
Pediatric chiropractic involves gentle, specialized techniques for the tiniest of newborns throughout all stages of childhood to create higher levels of health expression.
Benefits of pediatric chiropractic care include optimal brain development, achieving developmental milestones appropriately, a strong immune system, a balanced digestive system, improved sleep, and the prevention of injuries.
During a pediatric chiropractic checkup the doctor will evaluate spine and brain development by testing for subluxations and primitive reflexes.
Older children, and even adults, may retain these reflexes if there is abnormal neurological development.
Research has shown “retained primitive reflexes can disturb natural development and involve difficulties in social and educational children’s life. They can also impact on psychomotor development” (Gieysztor, 2018).
In the instance of subluxation or retained reflexes your doctor will provide specific exercises and chiropractic adjustments to help remediate the reflex and restore proper nervous system function.