How Important is The First Adjustment?

 
Why on earth would a baby need adjusted? Yes, I thought that, too.  But it actually makes sense!  If you’ve given birth, you know what a strenuous journey that is for a mother (no matter the style of birth you have). But what about for the baby? Being born is a big deal for him, too! He’s being evacuated from the only home he’s ever known into a completely new world: not just location, but he’s now hearing without the medium of fluid, he’s seeing more than light and dark, and he’s no longer fed automatically through that tube in his tummy.  Everything has changed, which makes life significantly more challenging for this tiny being. Now imagine that while in utero or during the birthing process, that little guy found himself a little too squished on one side, or stuck with his arm above his head for too long. Not only does he not understand pain, he also doesn’t yet have the motor control to do basic range of motion that might make him feel better.  He doesn’t know what’s normal and what’s not, so he might not seem too upset. Maybe it only hurts if he turns his head to the left or if he opens his mouth too wide.  Naturally, he’ll try to avoid those movements. Do you see where I’m going with this?  A baby who can’t open his mouth all the way has a hard time latching. And if he can’t turn his head to one side, breastfeeding from both sides will be extremely difficult.

Breastfeeding has its own set of challenges, but you can stack the odds in your favor by making sure your baby has a fully functioning neck, jaw, tongue, and mouth.  And the earlier you do, the better off your milk supply will be.  A lot of chiropractors can also check for tongue or lip ties, which can impede breastfeeding as well.

What about the popping and cracking? Adjusting an infant looks nothing like adjusting an adult. Gentle pressure is all it takes to get his little joints moving well. Sometimes light stretching or muscle work can help, too.

Improving biomechanics before poor movement patterns are developed is a lot easier than trying to fix bad habits later. Chiropractic is safe for little ones – even the littlest ones – and can help set them up for successful breastfeeding as well as a pain-free start to life! How great is that?!

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This is me adjusting my son within an hour of his entrance into the world. He latched on right away, but didn’t stay on. My doula suggested he might be in pain, and I realized I could do something about that! A tiny little adjustment and he latched back on and happily enjoyed some colostrum! A year later, he’s still nursing on demand and I’ve never had any supply issues. (Photo courtesy of Photography by Manda’s Memories)

 

Training

 

Rookie

4 Rounds at Your Pace:

10 One-Legged KB Deadlifts (each)

10 (Modified) Push Ups

500m Row or 400m Walk/Jog

*Pick a KB that is doable for continuous movement.

 

Prospect

5 Rounds at Your Pace:

10 One-Legged KB Deadlifts (each)

10 (Modified) Push Ups

500m Row or 400m Walk/Jog

*Pick a KB that is doable for continuous movement.

 

All-Star

6 Rounds at Your Pace:

10 One-Legged KB Deadlifts (each)

10 (Modified) Push Ups

500m Row or 400m Walk/Jog

*Pick a KB that is doable for continuous movement.

 

 

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