This is a great question. A common problem that occurs in the mother’s uterus, especially toward the end of her pregnancy, is called In-Utero Constraint. It can get pretty tight in there as the baby grows. This happens when misalignments occurring in the mother’s pelvis and may cause the uterus to twist and pull, tightening the muscles of the uterine wall. When this happens, the baby can no longer move easily and may become stuck in the wrong or an unnatural position. This position may cause compression or twisting of the baby’s neck and spine. When the pregnancy reaches 28-30 weeks, many babies have moved down into the mother’s pelvis in a head-down position. By 36 weeks, they should be head down into the pelvis. Sometimes, this does not happen due to the mother’s subluxated (misaligned) spine and/or pelvis. Chiropractors who are proficient in the Webster Technique are great at correcting this problem. I’ll talk about that in the next blog.
There are 3 positions that can be especially problematic for the baby. Those positions are:
- Breech position: the baby is positioned feet first. The pressure from above often compresses the baby’s head and neck and can cause misalignments (subluxations) of the upper neck.
- Transverse position: the baby is receiving neck, middle back and pelvis pressure or strain which may lead to postural scoliosis.
- Face or Brow up position: the baby has severe unnatural neck stretching which may lead to birth trauma.
There is a great deal of research and literature supporting the benefits and safety of adjusting newborns. First of all, the pressure used is no more than you could comfortably tolerate on your eyeball. Many babies sleep through their adjustment, and we are usually rewarded with smiles and laughter after successfully correcting a misalignment.
One study of 100 newborns assessed for structural misalignment/dysfunction of the spine found that 91% had restriction of at least one cervical vertebral segment. (The Journal of the American Osteopath Association, Nov. 2015.)
Dr. Godfrey Gutmann found that 800 of 1,000 newborns had suffered trauma to their cervical spines at birth. (Manuelle Medizine, 1987). And Lendon Smith, M.D., a pediatrician said “Every newborn should receive a neck and spine examination and a Chiropractic adjustment is necessary. Is that idea too difficult to accept?”
The answer is “YES, it makes perfect sense! Babies should be checked for subluxation as soon as possible after birth so they start life with the healthiest nervous system possible.” Call us today at 512-346-3536 to schedule or book your appointment here. Mention this blog for a complementary consultation and exam ($75 value!)*
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