Pregnancy and Chiropractic
At first glance, most people don’t see the connection between chiropractic and pregnancy. However, there are four stages in which having an optimally working spine and nervous system can help both mother and child.
Pre-Conception: Chiropractic care prepares the body to be as strong, supple and balanced as possible to carry the pregnancy.
Pregnancy: Regular chiropractic care during pregnancy appeals to mothers who seek a natural approach to better health by promoting optimal comfort, strength, balance, ease, and whole body health.
Labor and Birth: Many rely on chiropractic care to help assure optimum biomechanics of the hips and spine in the hopes of reducing the need for interventions during the birth process. The alignment and balance of mom’s body influences baby’s position, as well as the ease with which they travel through the birth canal.
After Birth: Even natural births can stress a baby’s spine. Breastfeeding problems can arise if the baby is subluxated and is unable to comfortably turn its head to one side.
You can relax in knowing that we use special approaches to make our adjustments safe and comfortable for you and your child.
Will adjustments hurt my baby? This is a great question and is a common concern among parents who mistakenly think their child will receive adjustments like the ones they receive. Not only are adjusting techniques modified for each person’s size and unique spinal problem, an infant’s spine rarely has the long-standing muscle tightness seen in adults. This makes the energy and pressure needed to adjust a child’s spine considerably less than an adult’s does.
Will adjustments make my spine too loose? No. Only the spinal joints that are “locked up” receive adjustments. This allows weakened muscles and ligaments to stabilize and heal.
Pregnancy is natural. Why would I need chiropractic? Being born is a natural phenomenon. It’s what we’ve done to the birth process that has become increasingly suspect. In hospitals, birth is often treated like a disease. A newborn’s introduction to the world is often accompanied by a severe drop in temperature, loud noises and other insensitivities. The administration of drugs and anesthesia can have a profound effect on a newborn.
Will my medical doctor approve? First, you don’t need anyone’s approval to seek a chiropractic opinion about health issues affecting your child! The judgment of another health care expert is always helpful in the decision-making process. Medical practitioners keeping up with the latest pediatric chiropractic research are starting to understand the value of this natural, drug-free approach to better health.
What does my spine have to do with my baby? Pregnancy may be one of the best times to receive chiropractic care. While it’s always good to have an optimally functioning spine and nervous system, it’s especially helpful now. Both mom and baby can benefit. Adjusting methods are adapted to a mother’s size, weight and condition. During this period of weight gain and hormonal changes, many mothers seek chiropractic care. It helps them feel better and function better. Many moms report shorter and easier births, an experience documented with research.
To schedule a consultation, please call (315) 789-9355. We look forward to being your chiropractic team!