Pregnancy & Newborn Chiropractic Treatment

At first glance, most people don’t see the connection between chiropractic and pregnancy. However, there are four stages in which having an optimally working nervous system can help both mother and child.

Pre-Conception

Chiropractic care prepares the body to be as strong, supple and balanced as possible to carry the pregnancy.

Pregnancy

Regular chiropractic care during pregnancy appeals to mothers who seek a natural approach to better health.

Labour and Birth

Many rely on chiropractic care to help assure optimum biomechanics of the hips and spine in the hopes of reducing the need for interventions during the birth process.

After Birth

Even natural births can stress a baby’s spine. Breastfeeding problems can arise if the baby has a subluxation and is unable to comfortably turn its head to one side.

Relax. We use special approaches to make our adjustments safe and comfortable for you and your child.

Research shows that Chiropractic care helps to relieve back pain for up to 85% of pregnant women as well as maintaining pelvic balance which allows for less intervention during labour and reduced labour time. Chiropractic care also plays an integral role in helping to ensure that the developing baby is in the correct position and ready for delivery.

The experienced team at Dynamic Family Chiropractic are all certified inWebster’s Technique which has a high success rate in turning babies from a posterior, or breech position to the correct ‘head-down’ position. They will adapt their techniques to accommodate the changes in a mother’s body shape and range of movement throughout the stages of pregnancy, and will cater their care specifically to your needs and the needs of your baby.

During pregnancy, a mother’s body goes through enormous hormonal, postural and physical changes. In addition to this, mothers don’t tend to “slow down” very much due to work and family commitments.

Chiropractic care helps your body adapt to the changing pressures of pregnancy as well as contributing to the harmonious growth and development of your baby. As your baby grows, considerable stress is placed on muscles, ligaments, joints and overall posture of a woman’s spine. To make matters worse, the pelvis may begin to rotate to allow for the developing baby. This can lead to distortion of the surrounding connective tissue and pelvic dystocia (a common cause of failure to progress in labour.)

Newborns and Babies

In the last 20-30 years there has been a marked increase in intervention during labour. Forceps, Vontoose (vacuum extraction), Caesarean section all place enormous stress on the spine of the newborn, particularly the cranials and upper cervical spine. Even if you have had a natural normal labour with no intervention, having your newborn checked within the first 6 weeks of birth may help to relieve them of spinal nerve stress which can cause them to be unsettled and irritable. Tension and disturbance of the spinal joints can have a wide-ranging effect on the baby’s body, from noticeable restricted movement (baby latching only on one side, or turning to one side) to digestive issues and poor sleep patterns. While parents take their children to a chiropractor for a variety of reasons, it is important to acknowledge that Chiropractors do not claim to “cure” conditions. The main purpose of  chiropractic care is to improve posture and spinal nerve flow thereby helping to improve overall natural function of the body.

The good news is, our track record with helping people like you is excellent. By taking time to listen, determine exactly the type of headache is causing the problems and formulate a plan to alleviate them, you could be only a phone call away from a much happier life.

Chiropractic check-ups are also encouraged when a baby hits their milestones because of tumbles while learning to sit up, crawling and most importantly when learning to walk.

A baby’s spine is very supple during the first few months of life. Therefore the techniques used are specialised and appropriate for a developing spine. The team at Dynamic Family Chiropractic use specific gentle paediatric techniques to check and adjust a baby’s spine. Paediatric techniques differ to the more traditional techniques used on adults, and are likened to specific sustained pressure on the involved area (like pressing your eyeball), rather than manual care. Having your baby checked as soon after birth as possible gives them a great start to a happy and healthy life.

Interesting facts about pregnancy pain

sciatica and sciatic pain Pregnancy related lower back pain is common in 60-70% of pregnancies
pain new or existing It is classed as pain between 12th rib and the gluteal folds/pubic symphysis, to the knee and calf but not to the foot
off sick from work Pregnancy pain is often referred to as pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain
cost to business Its prevalence is highest during the third trimester
back pain affecting my life Pain during pregnancy can be due to a combination of mechanical, hormonal, circulatory and psycho-social factors
MRI for back pain Pain during pregnancy has several possible reasons: changes in facet joints, muscles or ligaments – primarily due to relaxin, which can affect the stability of the spine
regular treatments It’s normal to gain 11-15kg during pregnancy, this increase in weight changes the force going through joints, it changes the centre of gravity of your body, forcing you into an anterior pelvic tilt
alignment of your back Hyperlordosis (due to the forward tilt of the pelvis) causes more stress on intervertebral discs, ligaments and facet joints, creating joint inflammation
correct posture Abdominal muscles are stretched and weakened with the added weight gain this can compress the lumbosacral plexus resulting in nerve pain
bed rest back pain Associated factors for pain during pregnancy are laborious work, history of lower back pain, inactivity or sedentary lifestyle
back pain from sleep Pregnancy related lower back pain can occur with thoracic/rib pain, hip pain and diastasis recti and discogenic pain, facet joint sprain and sacroiliac joint sprain/strain

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