In my office we see a lot of practice members who initially come in with what I call a “secondary condition” (symptom) that they would like help getting rid of. The tools I use in my office are very specific and gentle but have taken many years of study and experience over the last decade.
Daily I get the question…but doc, can I do something at home to help? The answer of course is yes! While you will not be able to make your own Neuro-Structural Corrections and to try would be dangerous to your spine and health, there are many lifestyle changes, movement modifications and exercises you can do at home to continue to improve your health!
Today I want to talk about changes that can me made at home to assist in the health correction and also prevention of problems with our youngest practice members….babies! Just yesterday I had a new baby in the office and her mom was asking what she could do at home to help. I thought this would be helpful for our readers if I created a list of the most common conversations and suggestions I have for new mothers in my office and in my workshops on brain development.
- Only have your baby in the car seat when you absolutely must. When possible carry them in your arms or wear them in sling.
- When at home limit the amount of time your baby is in an apparatus. Typically in these devices they only lay in one position on their back. To encourage motor development and brain development it is important to allow your baby to be in many different positions and not always laying in one position.
- Watch for bald spot or flat spots on your baby’s head that are asymmetrical (developing on just one side or another) this may be an indicator that your baby has an easier time turning their head to one side over the other. This is something you should notice and talk to your Neuro-Structural chiropractor about as they may be able to assist with some specific corrections to the spine or cranium to improve mobility and encourage healthy development.
- Delay the use of appliances that place your baby in a seated position before they are ready. This includes things like the Bumbo seat, jumping harnesses and walkers. These should only be used once your baby is able to sit on their own in that position, indicating their motor and brain development is ready to be in that position.
These plus many other tips and changes are examples of modifications that can be made in your everyday life to assist in healthy development for your baby! Since I am a mom, and I work with mostly moms in my practice I understand that often when we learn new information we as moms have a tendency to feel guilt if we haven’t always done things in the ways we learn to be best. This blog is meant to be an encouragement and a resource. And as cliche as it may be, knowledge is power – use it that way!
If the suggestions in this post are overwhelming or challenging for you than I suggest you set yourself goals and start making changes! Let yourself be empowered by the positive steps you are taking to encourage healthy development for your child!
Please share this blog with your other mom friends as we will have many other topics and resources shared like this in the future that may help someone put the pieces together for their child’s healthy development. Stay tuned for our in house workshops and also a webinars(for those of you who don’t live in North Idaho) all about Brain Building for Babies! ~ Dr. Amy Spoelstra