I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. There is no greater honour in my chiropractic world than to be handed over a newborn baby and be asked to check them. There is something so perfect about providing a first adjustment to such a little being.
Little ones who, when they have a clear brain to body connection, function better. They perceive their world more clearly. They adapt more easily. They are healthier. Could a parent ask for much more?
Our own three children have been adjusted from the start. Tom had the incredible experience to check them immediately after birth. The birth process is hard on babies. They go from being in a fluid, dark, warm, internal environment to the outside where there are colours, lights, smells, sounds, and touches they aren’t used to. Never mind the journey they take to get here. It’s a lot to process!
Why do they need to get checked by a chiropractor? The answer is easy – they have a nervous system. The nervous system is the most vital system of the body. It is the master communicator and co-ordinator for the body. We perceive our outside world through our nervous system. The stress of birth and life in general can put stress on a baby’s nervous system causing an interference in the communication from the brain to the rest of the body and consequently impact how well they are able to perceive the environment around them. Wouldn’t they function and adapt more easily if their nervous system was clear of any interference? Wouldn’t they be healthier?
It’s why we still check our kids on a weekly basis. Whether or not they are experiencing challenges with their health. Whether or not they had a fall or an injury. Whether or not they are feverish. Our kids can be busting at the seams with energy and expressing health and we’ll check them. We check them because they have a nervous system. And if there is any interference with their body’s ability to send messages from their brain to the rest of their body, we adjust. We correct that interference, the subluxation.
It’s why I love what we do. As chiropractors, we have the incredible ability to work with people, healthy or lacking health, and help them function better. We can help them express greater health. From the newly born to their great grandparents and everyone in between. I don’t take it for granted for even a second. And I’m so grateful to each person I have the opportunity to work with.
Especially the littlest ones, who hold within them the promise of something great.