Chiropractic, pregnancy, and kids!

What are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy?

Throughout the course of your pregnancy, there will be many physiological and hormonal changes as your body prepares for the birth of your baby. These changes will alter the way that the body functions. While the human body is an incredible machine and can altar the way your body moves while housing the baby these changes can also cause discomfort for the ENTIRE pregnancy. What are the effects on the body when women receive chiropractic care prior to and during pregnancy? Promotes regular menstrual cycles, optimal uterine functions, prepares body for healthy implantation, ensures proper nerve supply to reproductive organs, allows for more room for baby while in the uterus, promotes faster and smoother labor and delivery, and takes away discomfort while the body changes to house the fetus. Some of these changes in the body include: Center of gravity moves forward increasing the lumbar curve and placing extra strain and force through the lumbar spinal joints (low back), growing baby and increased fetal movement creates expansion of lower rib cage which can be aggravating to mid back joints that connect to the ribs, the hormone Relaxin loosens joints; increasing mobility and decreasing stability which creates aggravation of previous joint injuries and amplifies pelvic imbalance, modified posture through shoulders to offset change in center of gravity causes loss of cervical curve leading to headaches, as well as other aggravating aches and pains.

Is Chiropractic safe during pregnancy?

This is definitely one of the most common concerns regarding chiropractic and pregnancy. In general, there are no increased risks or side effects with chiropractic for pregnant women. In most cases chiropractors are able to give tremendous relief to pregnant women. Your chiropractor may use special techniques or table modifications to avoid unnecessary pressure on the abdomen.

What benefits are in it for infants and kiddos?

Chiropractic care for children offers your family a solid foundation for wellness. Throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood, the chiropractic lifestyle offers choices and benefits for your greater health and well-being. The ICPA has initiated a ground breaking study on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for children. The preliminary 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:

  1. Improved sleeping

  2. Improved behavior and attitude

  3. Improved immune system function

More and more parents are seeking chiropractic care for their children. Many spinal problems seen in adults began as early as birth. Even so called “natural” birthing methods can stress an infant’s spine and developing nerve system. The resulting irritation to the nerve system caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can be the cause of many newborn health complaints. Colic, breathing problems, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions and chronic infections can often be traced to nerve system stress. Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked right away. As the infant grows, learning to hold up the head, sit, crawl and walk are all activities that affect spinal alignment and are important times to have a child checked by a Doctor of Chiropractic. The nerve system controls and coordinates the function of all the systems in the body: circulatory, respiratory, digestive, hormonal, eliminative and immune system. Any aspect of health may be impaired by nerve interference. The chiropractic adjustment restores nerve system function allowing the body the ability to express a greater state of health and well-being.

Make sure you’re aligned, so you give your body every chance of not suffering from any type of pain. CALL the OFFICE now at 509-922-4133 if you or someone you know could benefit from a complete body and muscle restoration.

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