Baby Chiropractor Melbourne
My chiropractic for babies is very gentle.
An initial visit within the first 4-6 weeks of life is highly recommended. This is especially relevant if there has been a history of prematurity, traumatic normal delivery, multiple birth or assisted delivery that includes forceps, vacuum extraction or caesarean section.
Normal birthing involves significant forces that are transmitted through the baby’s body. The upper region of the uterus (womb) contracts placing a downward force on the baby’s bottom, while the cervix and pelvic floor provide an opposing and resisting force, which controls the birth. Your baby is effectively compressed between the two structures as they make a gradual decent into the world. This is a normal mechanism and their anatomy is designed to absorb the stresses. Assisted deliveries pull on head and neck structures that are not designed for such forces. A common misbelief is that caesarean sections are safer and gentler. This is incorrect as they also use a distracting (pulling) force to deliver the baby (the baby is pulled out of a small incision by its head, bottom, arm or leg). Assisted deliveries may cause musculoskeletal issues in the newborn.
If you are looking at this website you are probably wondering if your baby could benefit from seeing a Melbourne Baby Chiropractor. You may have already sought professional advice and been told that your baby is fine, but intuitively you know something is wrong. When working with babies I use gentle chiropractic combined with over 25 years experience working as a paediatric nurse and midwife to provide treatment and advice to help with various issues.
I propose the following questions:
- Does your baby have difficulty settling and staying asleep? (This may be due to musculoskeletal discomfort)
- Does your baby sleep with their head always turned to one side? (This may be due to muscular tension caused during an instrumental birth, or due to limited space in the womb as seen with multiple births)
- Has your baby developed a flat spot on one side of their head? (This occurs in some babies when they have muscular tension in the neck causing them to sleep with their head facing one side)
- Do they favour one breast during feeding? (This may occur with muscular tension in the neck which makes it difficult to turn the head)
- Do they fuss and arch at the breast? (Babies may do this when muscular tension makes it difficult to obtain the best position for latching)
- Is breastfeeding painful? (Muscular tension can affect optimal positioning and jaw opening)
Muscular tension may contribute to restricted arm or leg movements which can inhibit crawling, rolling and walking. A good and detailed history enables likely medical causes to be eliminated so treatment can focus on relieving the muscular tension and improving range of motion.
As a very experienced nurse and midwife I also work with irritable babies obtaining a very detailed history and conducting a full head to toe examination to help identify reasons for the irritability. I assist my little clients through providing dietary advice to mums, which includes education about the condition and available treatments. Part of my service includes screening for conditions that may have been missed but require the attention of a medical specialist. I am then able to assist in gaining proper medical attention.
These babies often present with:
- Vomiting causing distress for baby
- Silent reflux
- Constant squirming and grunting
- Growth issues related to problems feeding
Most parents come to me after they have been to multiple heath practitioners and no one really listens, informing them their baby “will grow out of it eventually” or “it’s normal for babies to cry”. Well I will listen, and if there is one thing I have learnt during my time working with babies and small children
Never-ever underestimate a ‘Mothers Intuition’