The birthing process, even under normal conditions, is frequently the first cause of spinal stress upon a newborn. When a woman gives birth in a hospital, typically when the head appears the doctor will grab the head and perform a figure eight motion in order to help receive the lower shoulder and then the upper shoulder. “Spinal cord and brain stem traumas often occur during the process of birth but frequently escape diagnosis. Infants often experience lasting neurological defects. Spinal trauma at birth is essentially attributed to longitudinal traction, especially when this force is combined with flexion and torsion of the spinal axis during delivery.” ~Abraham Towbin, MD
Several doctors and researchers have documented the traumas that occur during the birthing process. G. Gutmann, documented a study of more than one thousand infants. He found that approximately 80 percent of all newborns had some form of nerve dysfunction. Gutmann concluded that many health problems can arise from misalignment of the first vertebrae in the neck, resulting in a lowered resistance to infections in the ears, nose, and throat. V. Fryman examined 1,250 babies five days after birth and found that 95 percent of this group were not only misaligned but also had cervical strain. She also noted that the infants responded to specific spinal and cranial care with immediate muscular relaxation and a greater ability to sleep. Another renowned researcher and practitioner, Heiner Biedermann, has done numerous clinical studies relating upper cervical misalignment in the newborn to prolonged labor and the use of extraction devices. He, too, has recorded significant improvements in the health of infants who receive specific adjustments after birth
When a woman gives birth in a hospital, she and her baby are usually released as healthy, at which point the obstetrician’s role is generally complete. If a problem with the baby’s health arises several days later, the birth team is not a part of the newborn examination. Rather, the mother goes to a pediatrician or an emergency room, and there is an inherent disconnect between the baby’s birth and the baby’s condition. An added disadvantage is that the treating doctors are seldom qualified to consider a potential neuro-musculo-skeletal cause resulting from birth, which is often an integral part of the health status. Such problems are often easily remedied with a trip to the chiropractor, if only the obstetrician were informed enough to make that call.
Research shows that the potential for neurological disorders often times is most likely to occur from birth to the age of two. It is during that time that sixty percent of all neurological development of the child's brain occurs and is often times marked by common mild stones like crawling, standing, walking, and talking. Lee Hadley MD states “Subluxation alone is a rational reason for Chiropractic care throughout a lifetime from birth.”
In the world we live in children are often times exposed to daily stressors on their nervous systems which can have compounding negative impacts on their growth mentally, physically, and emotionally. These stressors include things like falling down, exposures to household chemicals, and even the ways we play with our child can lead to whiplash-like motions to their cervical spine making it essential to get your child checked by a chiropractor during every stage of their development. The goal is to correct, what appear as minor problems from bumps and falls so that they don't turn into bigger issues later in life.