:: Pregnancy Chiropractor
:: DO YOU ADJUST PREGNANT WOMEN?
Absolutely! It is especially important during pregnancy to make sure the pelvis & spine are in alignment! During pregnancy there are many endocrinological and physiological changes that occur to create the ideal environment for a developing baby.
The following changes can result in a misaligned spine:
- Postural adaptations
- Protruding abdomen and increased back curve
- Ligament looseness in the pelvis
As we explain to our patients, the pelvic alignment is closely related to baby position. When the pelvis is misaligned, abnormal torquing and tension are applied to uterus from the uterosacral & round ligaments attached to the pelvis, prompting baby to try to move to a more comfortable position. This misaligned pelvis may make it difficult for your baby to get into the best possible position for birth.
Breech and posterior positioned babies can interfere with having a natural and non-invasive birth and can lead to interventions such as a cesarean section.
When the spine is in proper alignment, this allows the nervous system, which is the master communication system to the whole body including the reproductive system, to work most effectively.
Pregnant moms love our office because we have a special table that is very easy to get on and off of and allows them to safely lay on their stomach without putting pressue on their baby!
What are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy?
Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
- Relieving back, neck or joint pain
- Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
- Reducing the time of labor and delivery
- Preventing a potential cesarean delivery
We work alongside Dr. Alexandra Demetro, a licensed naturopathic physician and midwife. We are so excited about this incredible opportunity to share a space with her, as we like to ensure our soon-to-be mom's the best experience possible! Combining chiropractic care with natural birthing and pre + post natal care is something we strongly recommend! We use gentle specific care utilizing many different techniques including the Webster Technique and activator tools. For more information click here.
"For all you soon-to-be mom's who have never seen a Pregnancy Chiropractor, I have treated many pregnant woman including my wife with regular gentle chiropractic adjustments through all the tough transitions of pregnancy. It is not only safe but also has been shown to be very beneficial in maintaining a healthier & smoother pregnancy! After an all natural birth, my wife & I are so excited to welcome our first little girl Niyha into the world! Niyha received her first infant adjustment shortly after :) Yes Babies need their power turned on too!" -Dr. Nate
Infant and Newborns Chiropractic Care
Most parents have no idea babies can and should have their spine checked so they have multiple questions. If you are anything like my wife and I, our baby's health, safety, and wellness is of the utmost importance to us! That is why finding a chiropractor you can trust is very important.
One common question is "when can I get my child checked?" We regularly check newborn infants - the reason being is this helps them recover from the birthing process trauma. If you watched your child's birth, you know how much torque, pressure, and stress is placed on the child's neck and spine when exiting the birth canal. This can cause misalignment of the spine and cranial bones causing pressure on baby's nervous system.
Does it hurt and is it safe? This is another great question! Baby adjustments are very gentle and look quite different from adjusting an adult. The amount of pressure used to correct the spine is about the same pressure you would use to check a ripe tomato at the grocery store. Chiropractic is safe & effective for infants and if you are interested in the research, click here. Just like when checking an adult, the restricted area may be a little tender causing your child to wake or slightly startle, but most babies do great and are much happier after.
How do you know if they need to be adjusted? Babies are in the beginning stages of their growth and neurological development. Many of the problems parents experience with their newborns and infants are symptoms of a neurological imbalance due to misalignment or pain. When an infant is in pain, they simply avoid that motion or activity that irritates the pain. When this occurs, it creates an unstable foundation for their development.
If your baby has any of the following symptoms, consider a chiropractic consultation.
- Difficulty breastfeeding
- If your little one is having trouble latching or feeding on one side, they could be having pain when turning their head. An adjustment can help increase the neck's range of motion.
- Colic involves persistent unexplained crying with tensed muscles throughout the abdomen, legs, and fingers. Unfortunately there is still little known on the cause, but chiropractic & looking at diet can often help. Miller JE
- Head tilting
- Have your noticed your child only tilts or rotates his or her head to one side? Tension in the neck may be causing a condition know as torticollis, or wryneck. This may indicate a restriction in their neck.
Some additional symptoms worth discussing with a chiropractor are: constipation, chronic ear infections, and acid reflux.
Children's Chiropractic Safety Research:
The ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) is one of the leaders in ground breaking studies on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for children. Results are outstanding and show that chiropractic care is safe for children. Even more significant is that parents reported three unexpected improvements with their child's care:
- Improved immune system function
- Improved behavior and attitude
- Improved sleeping
You can read the press release and abstracts here