Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.
The act of birth is both a joyous and traumatic event. Few people realize how traumatic birthing can be on an infant’s spinal cord. Even under the best of physicians care, a baby’s nervous system can incur damage while traveling through the birth canal. Often, this damage manifests itself in the form of mild “subluxations,” or misalignments of the tiny vertebrae.
Some experts believe subluxations are ripe for occurrence during the birthing process because of the position the mother is in while giving birth, as well as the manner in which the newborn is sometime “pulled” by the head and neck from the birth canal.
Subluxations are generally not life threatening, and many of us go through life with a mild subluxation. Left untreated, subluxations in later adolescent and adult life can cause a variety of problems, including pain, soreness, irregularity, and weakness. Subluxations also can contribute to a whole host of maladies, such as immune system disorders, learning disabilities, headaches, visual and hearing problems.