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An old adage states that, “The times they are a’changing.” More and more people continue to turn to natural and less invasive methods of healthcare, especially for families and children. Parents and caregivers want a way to raise their families naturally and without excessive reliance on drugs and medicines.

This shift in perspective and health care planning created a wave of new populations seeking and utilizing chiropractic care as part of their health routines. New families pursue natural health care causing neighboring families to ask great questions about how and why chiropractic benefits children.

Chiropractors easily discover small neck and spine misalignments in children caused by falls, sports injuries, and automobile accidents and help the body repair and heal. Many people do not know that the most predominant type of injury to a child’s neck or spine comes as a result of childbirth. Pregnancy, labor, and delivery factors play into the risk and severity of neck problems in babies. These babies grow into toddlers, school children, and teenagers with a host of health challenges. Small spinal misalignments interfere with the nervous system causing many of the unwanted symptoms and sicknesses that children suffer with today.

A 2015 study found a variety of factors that led to higher risk of injury during birth. Those factors include maternal pelvic mobility (the mother’s pelvic alignment and movement), type of labor, number of births for mother, fetal head delivery, labor augmentation, caesarean delivery, and duration of labor. The most educational finding from the study correlated the duration of labor to an increased risk of spinal dysfunction in newborns. A longer labor and delivery caused more damage to areas of the spine. The upper neck represents the most commonly compromised area from birth trauma. Even normal labor and deliveries result in neck problems in newborns.

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