Pregnancy and Children

Chiropractic care can be beneficial during all stages of pregnancy and at every level of childhood development — beginning with infancy.

Pregnancy is a period of rapid development, hormonal changes cause relaxation of connective ligaments. That relaxation in ligaments is essential in increasing the motion in your joints and it’s a natural change to aid in delivery. However, it also causes a lot of women discomfort, especially in the lower back. The change in the center of gravity with your growing abdomen will alter the stresses of the spine.

Another bodily change is the increase of breast size adapting the tissues to provide for breast feeding. As the breasts grow, many women feel uncomfortable in the upper back. Chiropractic care can be quite helpful.

Besides bringing relief to the discomforts many expectant mothers experience, chiropractic helps normalize the function of the nervous system. This is an important component of overall well-being and health. Modifications are made in adjusting techniques with all stages of pregnancy. Special precautions are taken to make your treatment easy and comfortable.

You may also notice the benefit of chiropractic care during delivery. Many chiropractic patients report that their deliveries were fast and more comfortable than deliveries previous to chiropractic care.

Benefits for Children at All Developmental Levels

The birthing process is one of the most traumatic events of our lives. Even the natural birthing methods cause stress to a developing spine. Many causes of newborn health complaints are the result of nervous system irritation. Colic, poor appetite, unexplained crying, breathing problems, and allergic reactions can be traced to the dysfunctioning nervous system caused by a malfunctioning spine.

Chiropractic adjusting techniques are modified to fit a child's size, unique problem, and weight. Parents often report that their children seem healthier than other kids their age. When a chiropractor corrects spinal dysfunction, the nerves exiting between the spinal bones decrease in their irritation. When the nervous system is free of irritation all systems in the body function optimally. This includes the immune system, which helps your body stay healthy.

Some of the specific ways in which chiropractors can help children include:

  • colic
  • bedwetting
  • ear infections
  • asthma
  • ADD/ADHD

Remember, chiropractors specialize in the detection and correction of alignment problems that may be disrupting critical signals from the brain and nervous system. Thus, instead of treating symptoms, chiropractors work to correct normal body functions. As those functions improve over time, symptoms diminish.

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