Children and infants
As a fetus, the spine may have had good conditions and developed perfectly. But in the womb, it is after all so cramped, especially in the last part of pregnancy, that for some babies, uneven loads can occur on the spine and joints.
Strains can also arise from the strong pressure that the child is exposed to during birth, especially if there are complications in the form of e.g., seat position of baby, caesarean section, star gazer or taken with cup.
If the baby is exposed to inappropriate pressure and twisting during birth, the neck, back and pelvis can be affected so that a joint and/or muscular reaction can occur, which can result in one or more of the following symptoms:
- Preference side of the head
- Crooked or flat back of head
- C-shape/banana shape of the body
- Flashback tendency (presses the head and upper body backwards)
- Problems in stomach or back position
- Breastfeeding problems
Chiropractors are experts in the musculoskeletal system, and we treat pain and movement restrictions in muscles and joints with great success. In infants, joint and muscle pain can in some cases manifest itself in other symptoms such as:
- Difficulty sleeping and interrupted sleep
- Screaming bouts (colloquially called colic)
- Pain during defecation
- Reflux/gurgling tendency
- Pronounced emotional and motor sensitivity
- Motor delays
- Breastfeeding problems
In Kiropraktik i Centrum, we place diagnostics first and if the chiropractor suspects that the baby's symptoms do not originate from the musculoskeletal system, the chiropractor will refer to his own doctor or health nurse for further investigation. In Kiropraktik i Centrum, we have extensive experience in treating infants and children and find that they respond very immediately and relatively quickly to treatment. However, there is a big difference between children and often problems with the musculoskeletal system will require several treatments. This of course depends on the problem and how long it has been going on.
The chiropractic consultation will consist of three parts:
- Conversation with parents about the infant's problems and the parents' concerns and wishes.
- A thorough examination of the child, but also of nerves, reflexes, muscles and joints, as well as assessment of the child's motor development. This part ends with a diagnosis, an estimate of the number of treatments and what to expect from the child's reaction.
- A treatment with pressure and stretching of the affected joint(s) and muscles if the parents’ consent to this.
In some cases, the chiropractor will recommend complementary treatments such as reflexology, breastfeeding guidance, physiotherapy, infant massage or clinical dieticians as a supplement to the treatment, if there is an indication for this.