The atlas is the topmost bone of the cervical spine (the neck). When it is misaligned the baby will often only turn his/her head one way, which can make it difficult to latch on one side compared to the other. Also, there is a neurological connection between the atlas and the jaw, resulting in poor latching if the atlas is misaligned.
Spitting up all over the place
The area of the spine where the diaphragm attaches also happens to be a transitional part of the spine and a whole lot more goes on here. If this area becomes restricted, the diaphragm can become restricted in its normal movements affecting the esophagus, which passes through it to the stomach. Basically its like this: little tube, little tube gets constricted, anything going through little tube has a harder time. Please don’t forget to ask your chiropractor about common food allergies- also a very common cause of spitting up.
Baby is not sleeping well
Babies and children are very good at telling us they are not comfortable or happy- they cry. Physical discomfort caused by spinal misalignments can make them very uncomfortable. Especially ones that restrict their movements and cause dural tension to their spinal cord.
Chiropractic care does not cure diseases; it helps remove differentiation to the nervous system so this master control system of the body can do its job. Adjusting a baby’s spine is very different from a grown-up; it is very gentle with only light pressure applied. Just like an adult adjustment, it is very safe but should be performed by a chiropractor with experience in paediatric chiropractic care.