The First Subluxation
The First Subluxation
The process of birth is very demanding and quite traumatic for an infant.  The brain and spinal
cord communicate with the entire body through a series of delicate nerves.  The skull protects
the brain.  The 24 bones of the spinal column house and protect the spinal cord and nerves.  
During the process of labor and delivery, a tremendous amount of stress is placed on the
spine of a newborn.  Consequently, the bones of the spine have great potential to misalign,
resulting in subluxation.  Some common manifestations of subluxation are localized pain,
recurrent infections, and difficulty nursing or digesting food.  Gentle, specific chiropractic
adjustments may help to prevent these problems and allow the nervous system to function at
optimal potential.  .

*Research indicates that 11.9% of infants have upper cervical subluxations as a result of
in-utero constraint; prolonged labor; difficult delivery; and inadequate head support.  
(Biederman, 1992)  Other studies suggest that 89% of infants with sleeping, feeding, or
digestive disturbances are experiencing subluxations of the spine.  (Siefert, 1975)  

To learn more about the benefits of pediatric chiropractic, explore the
Chiropractic Pediatric Association website.