December 2014 Family Wellness First Newsletter
How can I tell if my child has spinal imbalances?
Just as it is important that you have your children’s teeth checked by a dentist, it is also important to have their spine checked regularly for proper development. Use the following list to check for spinal imbalances:
Have your child bend over with arms dangling forward. When you run your hand over his or her spine, does it curve from side to side?
Look at your child from the rear, does one shoulder blade stick out or appear to be higher than the other?
When looking at your child from the rear, is one ear higher than the other?
Does your child’s back appear to be humped or rounded?
Do your child’s clothes fit properly;; are hems and waistbands of skirts or pants even?
How about my infant?
You can also observe your baby to check for spinal imbalances:
When your baby is lying on his back, does his head seem to tilt to one side?
Does your baby prefer breastfeeding on one side?
Does your baby arch her back when crying?
Is your baby slow to develop adequate neck strength to hold his head up?
An estimated 60-90 lbs. of force is used on an infant’s neck during “normal” delivery. Do you think this could cause damage to your child’s spine and nervous system?