I love adjusting newborns! They’re just so clear.
Ever watch a professional athlete up close as they’re playing their sport? That’s the way it is with adjusting babies. Their nervous systems are so pure, so responsive, not yet diluted of their God-given potential by medications, sugar or the preservatives from pre-packaged foods. Their spines are so fluid, not yet messed up by gravity, spinal decay or movement patterns of preference.
I looked at mom and dad as I checked five-day-old Ryder. They were relaxed, enjoying the moment and the insight I was providing on his emerging subluxation pattern. Having both been adjusted regularly to increase their overall health for some time and because they are both professional nurses, they were here to give him the best chance at the healthiest life possible. Ryder had a relatively easy birth but even so, movement of his neck was noticeably diminished in one direction and he had been inconsistent in his bowel movements.
As I palpated his spine gently, I was able to point out to Darin and Ashley the areas of blockage. They included the lower mid back and upper right neck which were combining to reduce the full complement and flow of nerve supply to his body.
As Ryder lay face down on mom’s stomach, I gently released his spine and the response was a ‘toot’ and a still half asleep gurgle. I turned him over and gently released his upper right neck with a meningeal hold. Immediately, Ryder could turn his little neck completely to the right. Because infant care is so gentle, he didn’t even fully wake up during this time.
As is so common in newborns, his mid-back was quite stressed. More unusually, the subluxation was four to five levels lower than typical which affected his bowels instead of the more usual stomach discomfort of colic I see so often in infants.
An hour after the adjustment, mom and dad called the office excitedly. Wow, mudslide! My term for a huge bowel movement in babies after removing that pent up nerve interference.
Aaah, a beautiful baby for himself, a healthier child for his parents, another wonderful moment for Chiropractic!
Aloha and peace.