As your baby grows you will experience years of increased forward bending of your spine. What this means to you is a lot more stress on the muscles and joints of your lower back, neck and shoulders. This stress can manifest itself as pain, numbness and tingling in your extremities, soreness and overall exhaustion.
Lower back pain and/or Sciatica - Increasing flexion of the lumbar spine and forward translation of the center of gravity results in significant stress on the joints and discs of your spine causing muscle tension and nervous system compression. Often, this can result in lower back pain, fatigue and neurological symptoms. Adjustment: lumbar vertebral segments L3 to L5/S1.
Neck pain, hands going numb, headaches - are not uncommon as your baby increases in size. Muscular tension in the neck and shoulders associated with compensating posture of your spine entrapping neurovascular structures can cause these symptoms. Adjustment: C5, C2, and T2 can produce excellent results in increasing healthy movement and decreasing the effects of neurovascular entrapment related to these areas.
Indigestion - is related to inadequate function of the cardiac sphincter at the lower esophagus. During the last trimester, the increasing size of the baby causes an anterior shift of the maternal center of gravity. This change in posture which increases muscle tension in the posterior thorax can be associated with subluxation of the mid-thoracic vertebral segments in the region T4 to T6. Correction of the vertebral fixation/subluxation can often result in resolution of the indigestion symptoms.
Infant (6 months to 2 years)
Optimal growth and function of the nervous system and spine - The chiropractic physical examination of the infant evaluates a number of different body systems to ensure that the vertebral column is not impeding optimal function of the nervous system, and development of the spine is not effected by abnormal position and movement of vertebrae. The importance cannot be stressed strongly enough of examining the infant's spine early in life to restore normal function and ensure that the potential effects of early trauma are minimized. Common spinal problems encountered in this age group include adjustment: cervical and sacroiliac subluxations.
Spastic torticollis - Infant's head is turned to one side and locked with chin down. Malposition in utero or trauma during birth often contributes to this neuro-functional spinal disorder. Adjustment: first cervical vertebrae/C1 (which encases the brain stem) to base of skull/occiput along with corrective mobilization and gentle trigger point procedures can produce excellent results in restoring healthy head and neck posture.
Apparent deformity of skull shape can present itself as a concern and may often be corrected with adjustment: neuro-suture (sutures are the joints connecting the bones of the skull/syndesmosises).
Headache, neck pain and spinal joint degeneration prevention - During the first year, the spine is undergoing the most dramatic growth spurt of it's entire life span. Radiographic examination reports adjustment: subluxation of the C1 vertebra in up to 12 percent of the infants studied, misalignment causing compression of the elastic cartilage matrix may predispose this area to eventual osseous structural deformity. This subluxation can lead to spinal problems manifesting as headaches, neck pain and eventually spinal joint degeneration. Uncorrected vertebral subluxation therefore may result in abnormal development of spinal structures.
Earache - deep cervical lymph chains provide drainage from the middle ear cavity, the eustachian tubes, the sinus cavities, tonsils and parotid glands. Increased lymphadenopathy on one side suggests lymphatic restriction. Such a restriction is frequently found on the side of an adjustment: upper- cervical subluxation most commonly C2, which will usually be fixed in a position with the spinous process rotated to the side of increased lymphadenopathy.