For most of us when we find out that we are expecting a baby, it is a wonderfully happy and exciting time. It is, after all, one of life´s miracles. Throughout the pregnancy we watch the development week by week and marvel at the changes in our body as our baby grows inside us. One of the most important developments is the Sphenoid bone….highlighted red below.
The Sphenoid bone is a complex structure and is thought to be the first bone formed in a growing baby. It is connected to every other bone in the skull and , through the lining of the brain, to every vertebrae in the spine. Through this awesome connection the Sphenoid has an effect on every system of the body. The Sphenoid bone sits behind the eyes and is shaped like a butterfly. The alignment of the Sphenoid bone reflects the alignment of the rest of the body. When the Sphenoid bone is out of balance or twisted it is known as “core distortion”. Core distortion has been seen in a developing fetus of 16 weeks and is believed to be caused by tension. Core distortion has been found to be the cause of many illnesses and dis-ease. I recommend that everyone has Sphenoid realignment and that all babies have the Sphenoid checked and realigned as soon after birth as possible. I will ask for a full picture of what the pregnancy and the labour was like , because even prior to birth, events, environment and the health of the mother can impact on the growing baby. How was the baby lying in the womb? Were there any issues for the baby during the pregnancy? Did mum suffer from sickness or high blood pressure? Sometimes before or during labour the obstetrician may decide that there is a need to induce or assist the delivery for the safety of the Mother and the baby. Did you have a normal delivery? or forceps or vacuum delivery? Was your labour induced? Did you have an epidural? Planned or emergency caesarean section? The labour and delivery can potentially cause dysfunction in the early days or weeks for the baby. Your baby has quite an adventure during the pregnancy and the birth process and every birth is unique, as is every baby. The baby´s head , due to the joints of the skull, is designed to move in whatever way is necessary to allow the baby through the birth canal. When you think of a forceps or suction delivery or a cesarean section you can see that these methods could have a negative effect on the baby´s alignment. The nerves that initiate digestion, elimination, sucking and swallowing reflexes may be compromised during normal delivery as well as during these procedures. Two of the most frequent causes of discomfort for a baby are colic and constipation. Sphenoid realignment may benefit:
Plagiocephaly (flat head)
Torticollis (twisted neck)
Co-ordination and physical development
The earlier these problems are resolved, the less stress will be placed on the newborn’s body. It is recommended that all newborns receive a core distortion evaluation as soon as possible. You can plan for your newborn to be seen during the first 24 hours after birth or as soon as any issues are noticed. In the first years of life your child is learning to crawl, stand, walk and run. There may be many bumps and falls and these may result in twists and injury to the skeleton. When the Sphenoid is in alignment it is much easier for the body to heal and fall back into balance. Plan check-up visits when the baby is one month, three months, 6 months, 1 year and 2 years old to make sure there is normal structural growth.