Babies and children
Babies and children may sometimes have problems with the spinal column too. Problems may occur during birth or at a young age as a result of falls, knocks, poor posture, sporting or other accidents, carrying heavy school bags and so on. A chiropractor diagnoses, treats and works to prevent the movement disorders of the spinal column and the skull, and on the effects of these disorders on the central nervous system. The chiropractor adjusts the treatment techniques to the age of the child, and is usually able to help babies and children.
Women commonly suffer lower back and pelvis problems during pregnancy as a consequence of changes in the hormone balance, increase in body weight and change in posture. Should these complaints be minimal and only arise in the last two or three months, treatment is not usually necessary. However, if the complaints are severe and start early in the pregnancy, or hamper the daily activities, there may be problems in the working of the spinal column or the pelvis. Chiropractic is a safe method of treatment during pregnancy and patients can be treated throughout pregnancy. The spinal column and pelvis are examined during treatment and, if need be, adjusted.
Pelvic instability, or symphysiolysis, is caused by the pelvis becoming unstable during or after pregnancy. Pain is felt around the pelvis joints and the pubis (the symphysis), triggered by the changes in hormones that soften the ligaments of the joints allowing them to weaken. If the joints become too mobile, the result is that the pelvis can no longer support the body weight. Chiropractic adjustments can help stabilize the pelvis thereby restoring functionality and reducing the complaints. A bandage to help support the pelvis may sometimes be given to patients.
Persistent infant crying
Babies cry to show that they want something. They are not yet able to talk and crying is their way of communicating. Some babies however cry so much that they drive their parents to distraction – whatever the parents do, their baby remains inconsolable. One reason for this may be that a slight defect to the spinal column occurred during birth.
Either a heavy or a quick birth can cause irritation to the deep muscles in the baby’s neck which leads to blockages in the vertebrae. It is crucial for the posture of newborn babies and for their further development that the upper neck joints function well. These joints are also important in the first few months for effective sucking and swallowing reflexes.
If your baby cries persistently, he or she may be doing so as a result of painful, blocked upper neck joints. This is sometimes called the KISS syndrome. KISS stands for Kinetic Imbalances due to Suboccipital Strain, in other words, disorders in the symmetrical development of the baby that arise as a result of vertebrae disorders.
The early signs of a blockage in the vertebra are highly varied. Many, though not all, babies cry a lot, sleep badly and are easily startled. They often vomit excessively, or often have the hiccoughs and reach for their ears or the back of their heads. These symptoms are often put down to colic or cramps. Some babies may have a clear preferred position or hyperextend. They often cry when being dressed or undressed and do not want to be picked up or held. Parents are often told that the crying will go away by itself. This is often true and the baby cries far less after about four months. This is probably because the baby himself/herself uses his/her head more, thus stimulating the neck muscles.
However, in some cases the symptoms may have disappeared but the underlying blockages are still there. The child may have neck problems or headaches later and be unable to concentrate properly at school. Similarly, they may result in motor disorders and a damaged parent-child relationship as a result of psychological issues caused by the persistent crying. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the chiropractor will choose the best of a range of chiropractic techniques. These are all gentle techniques adapted to the age of the infant. It usually takes four or five sessions to help the baby. There is no age requirement, and babies can be treated shortly after birth.
KISS stands for “Kinetic Imbalances due to Suboccipital Strain”, in other words that disorders in the symmetrical development of a child can occur as a result of blockages of the upper neck joints.
KISS can be caused by:
- a wrong position in the womb
- difficult birth and particularly a birth in which a ventouse (vacuum extraction) or forceps has been used, or in fact a very fast birth
Symptoms of KISS in babies include:
- excessive crying and sleeping badly -preferred positions - difficulty swallowing and excessive vomiting - development of an asymmetric skulla - curved backstrong - tendency to hyperextend protests during dressing and undressing. These symptoms may disappear by themselves after some months. However, this does not mean that the underlying blockages have disappeared.
KISS in older children include:
- neck pain and headaches
- concentration problems and hyperactivity
- motor disorders
- chronic ear infections
If you suspect that your child has KISS syndrome, have him/her checked immediately! A chiropractor can diagnose KISS and is able to treat it to relieve symptoms. The chiropractor also works preventively, treating the mobility disorders of the spinal column and the skull and their resultant effects on the central nervous system to prevent their recurrence. The techniques are extremely gentle and are adjusted according to age.
Should the lymph gland drainage system not work well, the fluids in the middle ear will accumulate. The middle ear becomes a feeding ground for bacteria and viruses. The malfunctioning of the draining system may be caused by a blocked vertebra in the neck. In these cases, chiropractic manipulations focus on adjusting these blockages to restore the normal drainage of the fluids. The excessive fluid in the middle ear will drain away taking the feeding ground for bacteria and viruses with it and allowing the infection to heal.
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