Pregnancy, Babies and Children
During pregnancy, there are several physical and hormonal changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby.
The following changes can result in a misaligned spine:
- Protruding abdomen and increased back curve
- Pelvic changes
- Postural adaptations
Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is another reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy.
A misaligned pelvis may also 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. Breech and posterior positions can interfere with the natural ease of labor and can lead to interventions such as c-sections.
The nervous system is the master communication system to all the body systems including the reproductive system. Keeping the spine aligned helps the entire body work more effectively.
Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
- Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
- Controlling symptoms of nausea
- Reducing the time of labor and delivery
- Relieving back, neck or joint pain
- Preventing a potential cesarean delivery
Dr. Marilyn is certified in the Webster technique, an adjustment of the pelvis/sacrum to assist in helping a breech presentation to turn. This article explains its effectiveness in greater detail.
“A chiropractic adjustment called the Webster technique is a specific sacral adjustment to help facilitate the mother’s pelvic alignment and nerve system function. This in turn balances pelvic muscles and ligaments, reduces torsion to the uterus. This may offer a greater potential for optimal fetal positioning. Originally used for breech presentations and then posterior presentations, current research is revealing the benefits of receiving the Webster technique throughout pregnancy for the prevention of dystocia. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association offers chiropractors advanced classes on care in pregnancy, including the Webster technique. Providers certified in this technique are listed on the ICPA website here:” www.icpa4kids.org.
Why would babies need Chiropractic?
Many assume that Chiropractic is about the spine, but it’s really about making sure the central nerve system is able to function optimally. Often from the trauma of the birth process, especially c-section, vacuum extraction, forceps, and induction, vertebra in the spine may misalign causing nerve interference and thus potential health problems. These vertebra out of alignment interfering with the central nerve system are called Subluxations. Most frequently the first bone in the neck, the Atlas, subluxates during the birth process. Thus, it is critical that all babies be checked for Subluxation after birth by a Chiropractor that takes care of children. Adjustments are extremely gentle, and the life giving effects can be very profound.
Some symptoms that often occur in babies as a result of Subluxations are:
• Gastric Reflux(colic)
• Difficulty nursing
• Sleep disturbances
• Ear infections
• Delayed or developmental problems.
As above, many children become subluxated from the birth process and unfortunately most newborns are not checked and adjusted at birth. As these Subluxations become more chronic, they can lead to bigger problems. Compounded on this sports, falls, poor posture, being on computers or phones, stress, to name a few, may create new Subluxations. Getting their spine checked early on allows easier and faster correction. We have found that children who have their spine checked regularly get sick less and don’t suffer as much with allergies, colds and flus, ear infections, ADD, ADHD and more. As children going to a dentist and using oral hygiene to prevent tooth decay, all babies and children should be checked for Subluxations, to stay nerve interference free, and have the opportunity for a healthier life.
My daughter had a natural birth and I checked her spine for Subluxation shortly after she was born. She has been checked and has been adjusted regularly since then. Through her infancy and childhood, she never had an Aspirin, Tylenol, Antibiotic or any medication for that matter. By getting and staying Subluxation free, she has stayed healthy, her body healing from the inside/out.