Chiropractic... Good for Mom and Baby!
Chiropractic is widely known to be an effective treatment for general back pain, but did you know it is also beneficial for pregnant women? The mother’s body undergoes a myriad of changes during pregnancy to accommodate the growing baby and to prepare for giving birth. During pregnancy, it is even more vital than usual for the woman’s nervous system to be functioning properly to optimize the body most effectively.
The sudden growth of the belly changes the woman’s posture. As the pelvis softens and spreads to accommodate the baby, it can become out of alignment. In some cases, this can affect the baby’s position making delivery more difficult or even lead to a c-section.
These are just a few of the reasons that women often have pain during pregnancy. But pregnant women shouldn’t suffer needlessly! Chiropractic care can help minimize and even alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with pregnancy. Some of the benefits of prenatal chiropractic care include:
- Healthier pregnancy
- Reduced nausea
- Relief of back, neck, and joint pain without medication
- Lower risk of cesarean delivery
- Reduced time of labor and delivery
- Overall improved comfort during pregnancy
- Reduced risk of breech delivery
Chiropractic care is safe throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors have been trained to treat pregnant women through the various stages of pregnancy. Dr. Townsend's techniques are modified as needed to provide the best results while keeping mom and baby safe and comfortable.
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk to us about how we can help you to have a healthy pregnancy with lower complications. A combination of proper exercise, stretches, and chiropractic care can help you enjoy the anticipation of your new baby without some of the concerns and pains often associated with pregnancy.
Watch this 2 minute video on the benefits of chiropractic care for all ages: https://www.tnchiro.com/videos/chiropractic-care-health-benefits-for-all-ages/
Don't forget about baby! Is it safe for infants to get adjusted?
Yes. Adverse events linked to pediatric chiropractic care are virtually nonexistent, estimated at 1 in 250 million pediatric visits. There is not a single medical procedure safer than that. We see lots of babies and kiddos in our office, and we love it!
When adjusting a newborn, Dr. Townsend will only use the amount of pressure that you would use to comfortably push on your eye. The child gets checked by hand and with technology, then is placed in position (usually in Mommy’s lap or while being held), and gentle pressure is applied. That’s all there is to it. It’s simple, safe, and effective.
Two major studies on chiropractic and infantile colic have shown that over a period of two weeks (usually three visits) 94 percent of babies adjusted by chiropractors showed a successful rating, with 25 percent showing improvement after the first adjustment. Dr. S. Vallone, in a 2007 study, concluded, “Chiropractic adjustments in the early stages of neurologic imprinting appear to safely and effectively address the craniocervical dysfunction and help restore natural, efficient suckling patterns for infants who are unable to successfully latch.”
Better immunity through a healthy spine and nerve system
A leader in psychoneuroimmunology, Dr. Candice Pert, credits chiropractic as having a significant effect on maximizing immunity via maintenance of a healthy nerve system.
A pilot study examined the relationship between intensity of chiropractic care and incidence of childhood diseases. The results showed that children who went to the chiropractor more than seven times per year had an increased resistance (immunity) to common childhood diseases.
Many parents have their children checked regularly by chiropractors as part of a healthy lifestyle to help them develop to their potential. Chiropractic is wonderful for the whole family! It's a safe, gentle, and effective way to address nerve dysfunction and promote overall wellness in the newborn and growing child.