Today’s modern birthing process places huge amounts of stress on the infant’s neck. Typically, the baby should present with their face facing downward. If this is not the case, it will cause added stress. When further intervention such as vacuums or forceps are used, head and neck trauma is guaranteed. During the normal birthing process, a doctor will use 40-70 pounds of pressure when tractioning the head to birth the shoulders. This large amount of pressure can cause damage to the cervical spine (neck) and those nerves that exit the spine. These nerves exiting the spine are prone to injury at this young age. Dr. Godfre Gutmann, a German medical researcher found that over 80% of infants he examined after birth were suffering from cervical spine injuries. An infant in breech position will be at an even higher risk for developing spinal cord and neurological injuries. A study showed that 75% of infants with cord injuries had a breech birth.
Pelvic disproportion is another common way that can cause undue stress on a baby. This is when the pelvis is too small, the baby is too large for the pelvis size, or the ligaments have not relaxed enough for the pelvis to properly move during birth. Without enough room for the baby to pass through, extreme amounts of pressure is placed on the baby’s soft cranial bones leading to possible neurological damage or developmental issues.
All of these facts are very solid reasons to seek chiropractic care for your baby after birth. A chiropractor is trained to adjust these cranial bones and the cervical spine to reduce the nerve damage and relieve the stress that was created during birth. The birthing process is very traumatic for the baby, to make sure they have full neurological function, visit Dr. Allison and Dr. Meghan today!