Pregnancy and Pediatric Care

The expectant mother

In addition to relieving several discomforts associated with pregnancy like back pain, numbness of the hands and muscle cramps, chiropractic can reduce complications related to pregnancy and childbirth in addition to helping reduce the duration of childbirth. Safe and effective chiropractic is an ideal option to live a comfortable pregnancy, without medication!

How does chiropractic help pregnancy and childbirth?

Balance of the pelvis
Chiropractic adjustments for the expectant mother particularly aim to preserve or restore the balance of the pelvis. The uterus is maintained in the abdomen by a group of ligaments which are attached to the bones of the pelvis.  When the pelvic bones aren’t properly aligned, it has a negative effect on the function of the uterus by creating tension on the ligaments that support it.

Balance of the nervous system
Chiropractic adjustments aim to allow the nervous system to function at its optimal.  Expectant mothers not only need to ensure their wellbeing, but also that of their unborn child.  The balance between all the systems in the body is particularly important at this stage of life.

Why do expectant mothers see a chiropractor?

  • For wellness care, to live a healthy pregnancy and delivery
  • To relieve sciatica
  • To relieve back pain
  • To relieve tension on the abdomen and pelvis
  • To relieve pain in the ribcage
  • To reduce numbness of the hands (carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • To improve the mobility of the baby in-utero, thus increasing the chances of proper positioning for delivery and reducing the need for interventions during childbirth (c-sections, forceps, suction cups,…)
  • To reduce the length of time of chilbirth

Prevention : When should pregnant women begin chiropractic care?

Chiropractic adjustments are adapted to the needs of expectant mothers and are safe and effective from the onset of pregnancy up until childbirth.  It is best to see a chiropractor as soon as possible in early pregnancy to maximize the benefits to mother and child.

Newborns

The first stresses on baby’s spine, cranial bones and nervous system occur during childbirth and even during pregnancy.  Although usually asymptomatic, theses stresses can also cause difficulties in nursing, colics, torticolis,... Chiropractic can limit the impact of these stresses and allow the newborn to better adapt to its new environment.  Offer your newborn the chance to start off life on the right foot!

How does chiropractic contribute to the health of babies?

Stresses related to the birth process cause muscle, joint and nerve tension on the newborn.  Chiropractic adjustments are delicate manual techniques that allow us to correct these tensions.  These techniques are so gentle that baby often sleeps through it!

Why do parents see a chiropractor for their baby?

  • Nursing problems
  • Congenital torticolis
  • Colic – frequent unexplained crying
  • Excessive regurgitation
  • Acid reflux
  • Prevention- to start on the right foot!

Prevention : When to see a chiropractor with your baby?

Newborns can safely receive chiropractic care immediately following birth.  If you identify signs of stresses in your baby it’s important to consult as soon as possible.  If everything seems to be going well for your baby, when you feel ready after your delivery, bring your child in for a check-up!

Children

Childhood is a period of constant learning.  Your child needs to learn to walk, run and jump (not without a few scratches along the way!).  Your child also needs to learn to deal with changing life circumstances (separation from the parents when starting daycare, battling germs,…)  These learning experiences can lead to physical, chemical and emotional stresses in your child and have a negative impact on its health.  School-age children deal with even more stress due to their lifestyle.  A packed schedule, a backpack that is too heavy and badly adjusted, not enough exercise and too much time in front of the TV or computer are the major causes of discomfort in kids.  Whether it’s to help with growing pains, to correct a posture problem or for prevention, chiropractic care is a great option!

How does chiropractic contribute to the improvement of children’s health?

Stresses related to childhood can cause joint, muscle and nerve tension in kids.  Chiropractic adjustments are gentle and precise manual treatments that correct these tensions.  Painless and fun, chiropractic adjustments are well liked by kids!

Why do parents see a chiropractor for their kids?

  • Postural problems (scoliosis, rounded shoulders,…)
  • Headaches
  • Back and neck pain
  • Joint or muscle pain (sprains, bursitis, tendinitis,..)
  • Growing pains
  • Prevention