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Pregnancy/Pediatric Chiropractic

From the moment of conception and during the 40 weeks of pregnancy, your body goes through a series of remarkable changes.

It is easy for all of us to see postural changes through pregnancy – the center of gravity changes as the weight of the baby places increased pressure on the spine especially in the low back, hips, and pelvis.

What we cannot see, are the millions of different hormonal changes and chemical reactions occurring both in the mother and the developing baby – all of which are controlled and coordinated through the nervous system.

Now more than ever, you need a healthy spine and a nervous system that responds immediately and accurately to changing requirements in all parts of your body; that’s what chiropractic does best!

Symptoms of pregnancy change with each trimester and chiropractic care is safe during pregnancy when provided by a chiropractor that has been trained to work with pregnant women.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care Before Pregnancy

  • A more regular menstrual cycle and optimal uterine function.
  • Prepares the body to be strong, supple, and balanced as possible to carry the pregnancy.
  • Restoring proper nerve supply to reproductive organs has helped many couples who thought they were infertile.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

According to recent studies, Chiropractic care may result in easier pregnancy including increased comfort during the third trimester and delivery, and reduced need for pain medications. Other benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include…

  • A more comfortable pregnancy and delivery.
  • A 50% reduced need for analgesics (pain medication).
  • A 24% – 39% faster than average labor time.
  • 84% of women report relief of back pain during pregnancy.
  • Significantly less likelihood of back labor (contractions and sharp pain felt in the lower back during labor).
  • Significantly reduced utilization of epidurals, forceps, vacuum extraction, episiotomies, and Cesarean sections.
  • Reduced likelihood of postpartum depression.

As your baby grows you will experience increased forward bending of your spine. What this means to you is a lot more stress on the muscles and joints of your lower back, neck and shoulders. This stress can manifest itself as pain, numbness and tingling in your extremities, soreness and overall exhaustion.

 Lower back pain and/or Sciatica - Increasing flexion of the lumbar spine and forward translation of the center of gravity results in significant stress on the joints and discs of your spine causing muscle tension and nervous system compression. Often, this can result in lower back pain, fatigue and neurological symptoms. 

Mother's Adjustment: lumbar vertebral segments L3 to L5/S1. 

Neck pain, hands going numb, headaches - are not uncommon as your baby increases in size. Muscular tension in the neck and shoulders associated with compensating posture of your spine entrapping neurovascular structures can cause these symptoms. 

Mother's Adjustment: C5, C2, and T2 can produce excellent results in increasing healthy movement and decreasing the effects of neurovascular entrapment related to these areas. (we have many adjustment techniques that are gentle and make no sound).

Indigestion - is related to inadequate function of the cardiac sphincter at the lower esophagus. During the last trimester, the increasing size of the baby causes an anterior shift of the maternal center of gravity. This change in posture which increases muscle tension in the posterior thorax can be associated with

Mother's Adjustment: subluxation of the mid-thoracic vertebral segments in the region T4 to T6.  Correction of the vertebral fixation/subluxation can often result in resolution of the indigestion symptoms.  

Infant (6 months to 2 years)

Optimal growth and function of the nervous system and spine - The chiropractic physical examination of the infant evaluates a number of different body systems to ensure that the vertebral column is not impeding optimal function of the nervous system, and development of the spine is not effected by abnormal position and movement of vertebrae. The importance cannot be stressed strongly enough of examining the infant's spine early in life to restore normal function and ensure that the potential effects of early trauma are minimized. Common spinal problems encountered in this age group include 

Baby's adjustment: cervical and sacroiliac subluxations.

Spastic torticollis - Infant's head is turned to one side and locked with chin down. Malposition in utero or trauma during birth often contributes to this neuro-functional spinal disorder.

Baby's Adjustment: first cervical vertebrae/C1 (which encases the brain stem) to base of skull/occiput along with corrective mobilization and gentle trigger point procedures can produce excellent results in restoring healthy head and neck posture.

Apparent deformity of skull shape can present itself as a concern and may often be corrected with

Baby's adjustment: neuro-suture (sutures are the joints connecting the bones of the skull/syndesmosises).                            

Headache, neck pain and spinal joint degeneration prevention - During the first year, the spine is undergoing the most dramatic growth spurt of it's entire life span. Radiographic examination reports 

Baby's adjustment: subluxation of the C1 vertebra - in up to 12 percent of the infants studied, misalignment causing compression of the elastic cartilage matrix may predispose this area to eventual osseous structural deformity. This subluxation can lead to spinal problems manifesting as headaches, neck pain and eventually spinal joint degeneration. Uncorrected vertebral subluxation therefore may result in abnormal development of spinal structures.

Earache - deep cervical lymph chains provide drainage from the middle ear cavity, the eustachian tubes, the sinus cavities, tonsils and parotid glands. Increased lymphadenopathy on one side suggests lymphatic restriction. Such a restriction is frequently found on the side of an

Baby's adjustment: upper- cervical subluxation most commonly C2 - will usually be fixed in a position with the spinous process rotated to the side of increased lymphadenopathy.  

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