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Alignment between Adjustments
Posted on May 21st, 2018

One of the beautiful mommies in my practice recently asked me a fantastic question. One that I know many of you will benefit from as well.  She asked me, "What should I do for my baby in between his chiropractic adjustments to stay in alignment?". Although the particulars of this answer are different for an infant, a child, and an adult, if we get to the root of what causes a subluxation (spinal misalignment interfering with the nervous system) we will begin to unravel the mystery. 
So what does causes a subluxation? Hearkening back to first quarter Chiropractic Philosophy, the founder of Chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, said it was thoughts, toxins, and trauma.  To put it another way, the spine can misalign from chemical, physical, and emotional stress.  
Lets consider some potential physical stressors for a newborn.  There's the birth itself, cradle lying for long periods of time, car seats, baby jumpers, etc.  To avoid these leading to misalignments parents can hold baby, wear baby facing the parents chest in a wrap, and take advantage of tummy time.  Some potential chemical stressors for baby can be from too much indoor air as carpets, furniture, and fabrics can give an off gas of chemicals that when breathed in can be harmful; formulas can contain chemical additives and preservatives which can be harmful to the child; breast milk if the mommy is eating foods that are highly inflammatory (dairy, sugar, packaged foods, soy, and grains); and lastly baby personal care products if not natural. To avoid subluxation due to chemical causes, try keeping windows open if weather permits, don't put baby on new mattress or rug without letting it air out for a week in a well ventilated area. Try to breastfeed and eat as many organic veggies, fruits, nuts, lentils, beans, meats, and wild caught small fish as possible.  If you do use formula use organic and avoid soy.  Lastly, use fragrance free detergent and use natural soaps with only a couple ingredients.  
The last category is mental/emotional stress.  As outlandish as it may sound even newborns and infants can experience emotional stress.  The best thing you can do to help your child's peace is to create peace and joy in your own life as parents.  Sleep when you can (I know... can feel impossible at times), drink lots of clean filtered or spring water, listen to meditation tracks or classical music while with baby, spend time enjoying your significant other, make even 30 mins a week to do something you enjoy (dancing, going to church, playing a sport, watching a TV show, playing music, being outdoors, etc.).  Wake up each morning and play what my mom and Polyanna call the "glad game".  See how many things throughout your day you can appreciate and be glad for, even if you're tired or feel lousy or are aggravated.  Maybe you can appreciate a 5 minute nap, or your baby's smile, or a sunny day.  I hope this gives some insight to all the moms and dads out there.  Remember you're not in this alone.  We at The Well are here to help take care of your little ones and you.  When everyone in the family is at their optimal health and healing we have our best chance to reach our potential.  Blessings for all your families!  

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