Consider chiropractic care for babies


Although newborns are cute, soft and malleable, they are not too young to visit the chiropractor. Dr. James Stirton of Winters Family Chiropractic breaks down chiropractic care for babies and the benefits that come with it.

Stirton – a master of metaphors – equates the newborn experience to foam pets that grow once water is added to them. They are tightly compressed for months until birth finally allows the babies spine and limbs to “decompress” and expand a little.

“On average, it takes about seven years for our cartilaginous parts to turn into the bones they are meant to be. So the reason we can pack these little babies so tight in the womb and they’re fine is that a lot of their parts are cartilaginous. And that’s why in those first seven years, kids will bounce back instead of break,” Stirton explained. “Initially, the bones are all well formed. And that little spine of babies gets stronger and stronger over time. My role in caring for these children is to ensure that this bony and cartilaginous framework is appropriately unwrapped and straightened.

Unfortunately, as children grow within themselves, certain forces can disrupt the proper formation of their spine. In some of his younger patients, Stirton also found problems in the neck, between the shoulder blades and the lower back. Stirton says a baby’s lower back has some of the tightest muscles he’s found in his practice.

“Basically on a baby’s first birthday on the planet, they’re squeezed, whipped, pulled, pushed, spanked, and put in a crib. Then they don’t see a qualified chiropractor for a long time after that, and I I feel like a lot of the sources of our neck and back problems start at birth,” Stirton said. “That’s why I check my patients’ babies as soon as possible so that those areas recover. place where they need to be and can heal from day one with great integrity. I generally find that if we can get our body to heal, that’s strong and good healing. I don’t want to that these babies are growing up with shoulder dislocations, and their necks and backs tighter than a drum because that area will solidify and become a chronic problem from infancy on. This is something we can avoid with a little exam.

Toddlers do not need the same degree of chiropractic adjustments that adults need to begin healing. Stirton also teaches her parent-patients how to properly massage their baby to keep loose back muscles and fussiness to a minimum.

“The most common ailments in children are slips, falls, bumps, bruises and all the musculoskeletal wear and tear you can think of. That, of course, is a chiropractic specialty,” Stirton said. “Because the problem in children is so new and hasn’t had a chance to warp and degenerate and all those things that I see in my adult patients. So what I also see in these areas that are dysfunctional after two or three adjustments they have disappeared and improved to a state where I don’t need to adjust the same point like I do in my adult counterparts .

However, Stirton doesn’t just talk when it comes to keeping his young patients healthy. Parents in his care can sponsor one of their own children (under the age of 10) for free treatment with their own care at the same frequency as they come.

One can contact Stirton directly with questions, just email him at It’s like the good doctor always says, “If you’re not sure, ask Dr. Stirton.”


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