Chiropractic for Pregnancy
Chiropractic care before, during and after pregnancy can help mom and baby in so many ways. We’ll take the time to prepare mom and baby for the journey ahead.
We treat pregnant women with gentle chiropractic adjustments to help with things like back pain often experienced with pregnancy. We are certified in Webster Technique which balances the pelvis for an easier pregnancy and delivery, as well as give the growing baby room in the womb.
Chiropractic is a very safe and effective treatment to restore motion to the spine and joints during pregnancy. During pregnancy, there are several physiologic and endocrine changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby. We recommend chiropractic care to all pregnant women due to following changes that occur during pregnancy:
- Growing and protruding abdomen and increased lower back curvature
- Pelvic joint changes
- Natural increase in hormones that cause joint laxity in the mother
- Postural adaptations throughout the spine that occur due to growing abdomen and breasts
Another reason to have regular prenatal chiropractic care is to establish good pelvic balance and alignment which may increase the amount of room available for the developing baby to grow and position themselves in the best possible way for birth. When poor alignment exists in the mother’s pelvis it may make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. This can affect the mother’s ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth.
It is also important to seek chiropractic care after the delivery of your baby to ensure alignment after birth is achieved to decrease pain in the mother and help her to heal in the best possible alignment.
More women are realizing the benefits of prenatal chiropractic care, and are being adjusted prior to conception, and then throughout their entire pregnancy. This can prevent stress on the growing baby by getting the pelvis in the right position to give the baby ideal space in the womb.
Is Chiropractic safe for children and babies?
Infants and Children need to be adjusted just like adults. The public sees chiropractors as back doctors mainly but chiropractic care encompasses much more. A chiropractor is trained to find and correct misalignments in the spine called subluxations. Subluxations cause interference to the nervous system which causes miscommunication from the nervous system to the rest of the cells of the body. Dysfunction in the spine can have a wide range of effects on a person’s health. The first subluxation is most often caused by the position in the womb or the birthing process itself. Even the most natural pregnancies and births can cause physical stress on the infant's spine and nervous system, not to mention a birth with interventions like forceps, vacuum extraction or cesarean section. The purpose of chiropractic is to find and reduce stress and interference to the nervous system, allowing the person (infant or child) to experience greater function and an overall improved quality of life. Our doctors work with many infants and children with symptoms related to: colic, plagiocephaly, birth trauma, asthma, breastfeeding and latch difficulties, immune system dysfunction, acid reflux, constipation, bed wetting, torticollis, stuttering, seizures, scoliosis. Chiropractic care has been shown to improve dysfunction of the respiratory system, immune system, digestive system, nervous system, etc. by correcting subluxation and improving sprain/strains of a joint space.