Many people ask me "Why do I need Chiropractic while pregnant?" or even "Why does my child need Chiropractic care?" My answer is simply, "Why, not?" Read below to find out how Chiropractic can change your life, your pregnancy, and allow your child to grow up to be healthy.
Chiropractic and Pregnancy
Thinking of becoming pregnant? Now is the best time for you to begin care. By receiving care prior to conception your body is better able to prepare for the changes ahead. Chiropractic care will help to promote more regular menstrual cycles and will help your uterus to function better. It will also prepare your body to be strong and balanced during the pregnancy. Couples who are having difficulty conceiving have found chiropractic care to be a benefit because it helps restore proper nerve flow to the reproductive organs.
Already pregnant? Congrats! Chiropractic care during pregnancy can help you tremendously! As your belly grows so does the strain on your lower back, this together with the changes in your gait and your center of gravity (which is now running away from you!) can all lead to back pain and even headaches. As your due date approaches your body starts to release a hormone called relaxin that loosens your ligaments. This is good for giving birth, but makes your joints loose which can exaggerate previous issues.
Recent studies suggest that chiropractic care can reduce labor times one study showed that labor time was reduced by 24% for a first time pregnancy and 39% for a second or third pregnancy. Another study showed the need for pain medications was reduced by 50%! Even another study has shown that chiropractic care during pregnancy reduced back pain by 84%.
Are all Chiropractors created equal when it comes to pregnancy?
Drs. Jeff and Lindsey are trained in a specific technique protocol (the Webster technique) to help ensure that your baby is in the proper position for birth. Dr. Lindsey has also undergone over 220 hours of additional training in the care and management of pregnancy and pediatric specific issues. They know what to look for to ensure you have the best possible pregnancy and birth experience. Their expertice goes far beyond basic Chiropractic techniques and focuses on every aspect of your pregnancy. Trust doctors who knows pregnancy.
Children and Chiropractic
You are probably thinking, my child does not have back pain so why should I take him/her to the chiropractor? The answer? Though chiropractic is commonly thought of as helping headaches and back pain, it is actually so much more. Chiropractic helps remove the interference to the nerves that supply every muscle, tissue, and organ in the body.
Chiropractic care for kids has helped colds, sore throats, ear infections, allergies, fevers, colic, asthma, tonsillitis, allergies, bed wetting, pains, falls, stomach aches, constipation, ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, and the million other things that kids manage to contract or injure while growing up.
How can chiropractic help so much? Simple, Chiropractic is not a treatment for anything. It works because it helps reduce spinal nerve stress that weakens the tissues, muscles and organs. This stress makes the body less able to deal with the stress of fighting off disease. You might ask, "how could my child have reduced spinal nerve output?" Many things can actually cause this to occur (we call this a subluxation), the first cause of subluxation is often childbirth. The act of being born puts a lot of stress on the child's spine. Also, repetitive falling, awkward sleeping positions, poor posture, too many hours in front of the television playing games or at the computer…this list could continue forever.
All kids need to be checked for spinal subluxation and only a reputable Doctor of Chiropractic is trained to identify and correct them safely and effectively.
As parents, you want the best for your child. Chiropractic is exactly what your child needs. Schedule your appointment today, your kids will thank you!