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Adjusting Your Newborn

When I tell parents that their newborns should be checked for subluxations they often look at me as though I made up a new profession.

Newborn baby being checked for subluxations

Even newborns need to be checked for subluxations.

This is an area of concern that I want to address. The birthing process can be traumatic for your newborn and this process unfortunately remains under-treated.

There are many factors that can cause birth trauma, including: long or very short labor, false labor, the use of drugs to increase contraction intensity, failure of the mother’s cervix to dilate, the use of vacuum extraction or forceps, cesarean sections because of lack of progress, cord around the baby’s neck, fetal distress, or incorrect positioning in the uterus (during pregnancy) or the birth canal.

The effects of birth trauma will cause nerve dysfunction that may result in health conditions such as:

  • Breathing weakness
  • Irritability
  • Frequent spitting up
  • Colic
  • Difficulty feeding and attachment
  • Sleeping problems
  • Ear Infections
  • Asthma
  • Behavioral problems
  • Hyperactivity
  • Learning disabilities
  • Stomach and colon irritability, etc…

Safe and Gentle Care

Ideally, your newborn should be checked and adjusted as soon as possible after birth to help alleviate spinal problems and nerve distress that can lead to the conditions listed above.

It is important to acknowledge that 65% of neurological development (i.e. development of the brain and nervous system) occurs in your child’s first year. Please ensure that your baby has every opportunity to maximize their nerve function during their early development.

It’s also important to understand that chiropractic adjustments for children differ SIGNIFICANTLY from those performed on adults. Light fingertip pressure is used. Think of how much pressure you can place on your eyeball or a tomato and that is the amount of pressure applied on a newborn.

If you have any questions or concerns about chiropractic and your newborn please don’t hesitate to ask. Call our Greenville chiropractic office today!

Yours in health,
Dr. Jessica Will


Synergy Chiropractic & Wellness Center | (920) 757-6440

Quality chiropractic care for the Greenville, Appleton and Hortonville families.