Atlas Care for Babies and Children
Some people you know were dropped on their heads as babies. Some were clearly thrown in the air, hit the ceiling fan, bounced off the wall and fell out the window. The baby atlas can become misaligned easily since the muscles have not yet developed.
It is very likely that at some time in our life, we landed on our heads. In my family, we have fallen over learning to walk, fallen down stairs, fallen out a window, fallen off a counter, leapt out of a parent’s arms, and been flung to the floorboards of a bus as it crashed into a tree, all before the age of 5. This is all in ADDITION to being born!
Baby Atlas and the Developing Spine
Now, think about how a baby’s head is half of its adult size by 9 months, and you can imagine that there are some tremendous forces being put on the developing spine.
As recently as the days of the Ancient Greek, life expectancy was 20 years old. By the Middle Ages, it rose to 33 years old. Now in the United States, it is 78 years old. It might not have mattered much if one had some bumps and bruises in ancient times, but now injuries can accumulate, not fully healed for 70 plus years.
While all chiropractors specialize in spinal alignment, the NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association) doctor specializes in the upper spine and atlas; the very area under the most stress in babies and children. The NUCCA informational website (http://www.nucca.org/what-is-nucca/) mentions common childhood symptoms that can be relieved by correction of the Atlas Subluxation Complex. Those symptoms include: scoliosis, sinus and allergy problems, attention deficit disorder, and bet wetting.
The good news is that we can help! Optimizing atlas and spinal health in our babies and children is an investment that will reap benefits for a lifetime.
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Guest Blogger Bio: Martha de Forest is a dual degree engineer and certified integrative hypnotherapist. She has been married for over 30 years and has raised two daughters.