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Colic and the Spine

Spinal misalignment is another explanation for colic. Newborns and infants are susceptible to physical trauma starting from the day they are born. High rates of intervention during the birthing process are one explanation for an increase in spinal concerns. Children born through caesarean delivery (or with forceps or vacuums) may suffer their first spinal issues at the very moment of birth. And many times, this trauma is subclinical. In other words, the apparent injuries are so subtle, that they are often undetected by the best physicians at the time of birth.

In addition to trauma experienced during birth, up to 50% of infants experience a fall from a bed, crib, or dressing table in the first year of life. Even hugs from enthusiastic older siblings can cause stress. In all of these cases, the neck (cervical) region of the spine can be injured and misaligned.

When you consider these factors, it’s not difficult to see how a baby could end up with spinal misalignments (subluxations). Any sort of irritation in the joints of the spine can affect the body’s nerves. This nerve interference can lead to altered functioning in every part of the body, including the intestinal tract.