PREGANCY AND CHILDREN
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PREGNANCY AND CHIROPRACTIC
It is very important to have an aligned spine and properly functioning nervous system throughout pregnancy because it benefits both the mother and the developing baby. Pregnant Mothers are undergoing hormonal and structural changes, which are occurring for the right reasons, but can exaggerate spinal misalignments. Prenatal chiropractic care helps to support these changes. Proper spinal alignment also helps to ensure that expectant Mother’s pelvis is properly aligned, which is vital in order to allow maximum comfort during the final trimester of pregnancy and delivery.
The Webster Technique is a chiropractic technique specifically developed for pregnant women to address pelvic misalignment and the ligaments which support the uterus during pregnancy. The proper functioning of the ligaments and alignment of the pelvis is essential for the baby’s comfort in the womb and helps decrease the likelihood of breech positioning.
Children and Chiropractic
Stress is a normal part of human life from birth to death. Subluxations can happen during labour from the trip through the vaginal canal, medical assistance during delivery with the use of vacuum, forceps or C-section. Even the use of the doctor’s hand with the twisting motion can cause damage! Medical research has confirmed that many problems early in a child’s life come from birth trauma/labour. Birth can cause subluxations which affect proper growth and functioning.
It is important to have infants and children checked so that their spine is well-adjusted during important transitions in their early lives. From beginning to hold their head up to walking, they are learning to gain muscle strength and build their spinal curves. When infants learn to sit, crawl, and eventually walk, there are plenty of bumps and falls along the way.
Children suffer both emotional and physical stressors as well. From schoolwork and peer pressure to improperly fitted backpacks and sports injuries. All cause trauma to the spine. In addition chemical stressors can include fast food, refined carbohydrates, vaccines, antibiotics and drugs. Children recover and adapt faster than adults, but parents often brush aside the small stresses. The truth is that even minor stresses build up over time, causing subluxations that interfere with proper health, functioning and growth of your child.
NOTE ON INFANT AND CHILDREN’S WELLNESS:
It is important to understand that chiropractic is not a treatment for disease. Chiropractic’s purpose is to reduce nervous system stress – a serious, and often painless, condition, and allow your body the ability to function at its best. Nervous system stress interferes with the proper functioning of the nervous system and it can often weaken internal organs and organ systems, reduce healing potential and set the stage for sickness and disorders.
When chiropractic frees stress on the nervous system, the healing power of the body is turned on. The immune system works more efficiently, resistance to disease increases and the body functions more efficiently. This translates to better responses to internal and external environmental stresses such as germs, changes in temperature and toxins to name a few.
Many adults are unaware that spinal dysfunction can be traced back to childhood injuries and poor spinal hygiene. When you include chiropractic care as part of your child’s regular health care check-ups, you are giving them the gift of wellness and the security that they will live the fullest, healthiest life possible.
Chiropractic care has been shown through research to be helpful for:
- Unexplained crying
- Ear infections
- Poor sleep habits
- ‘Growing pains’
- Appetite Issues
- Learning Disabilities