Pregnancy

During pregnancy many physiological and hormonal changes take place, all for the purpose of creating an optimal environment for the developing baby. This complex process involves every system of the pregnant woman's body. The musculoskeletal system is affected by the protruding abdomen, "duck-like" walk, and increased lower back curvature. The pelvis changes early in pregnancy due to the release of estrogens and relaxin. These hormones cause the ligaments to relax and often this together with increased synovial fluids widens the pelvic joints. This increased mobility is not restricted to the pelvis only, and may be noticed in other joints as well. As the uterus enlarges and expands forward, the centre of gravity is displaced, subluxations of the spine may occur, and this results in associated muscle cramps and nerve pain. This change in posture puts more strain on the lower back and pelvis, which may result in lower back pain. Fifty percent of all women complain of low back/hip pain during pregnancy.

Subluxations of the neck may be caused as it compensates for the changes to the lower spine by moving forward. This results in various symptoms including headaches, nausea or insomnia. Subluxations cause illness due to neurological disturbance. All body functions are controlled by the brain sending and receiving messages over nerves. When spinal segments are subluxed, nerve interference occurs, and this disrupts the vital communication system of the body. One or more parts of the body can be affected, as can your overall health.

Should I have Chiropractic care during my pregnancy? YES! Chiropractic care can help you and your baby achieve a healthier pregnancy and delivery. As it is not advisable to take drugs during pregnancy, chiropractic offers a drug free natural alternative to decrease the discomfort that is often experienced. It is gentle and safe. Adjustments are tailored to the different phases of pregnancy.

Common symptoms in pregnancy that Chiropractic and Cranial Sacral can help:

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Back labor

Back, hip, leg or rib pain

Breech Presentation and the Webster Breech turning Technique

Dystocia

Heartburn and shortness of breath

Hormonal imbalance

Hypertension/preeclampsia

Infertility

Organ Dysfunction

Premature contractions

Postpartum depression

Sciatica

Infant

Birth is a major life event. No matter how eventful the birth has been, we believe it is the most powerful gift to give a child comfort in his or her body. The chiropractic adjustment and cranial sacral therapy allows for the baby's life force to be flowing and giving your baby the highest developmental potential. Universal life force is often referred to as innate, which is responsible for giving motion to matter, and is present in all life forms. Restrictions can occur in-utero from the mother's structural imbalances i.e. rotated pelvis leading to posterior birth or breech presentation. These restrictions constrict the babies growth in-utero and limit the flow of life force upon birth and throughout their life. Checking you and your baby in their first month of life and beyond allows you both to tap into your body's own natural innate wisdom.

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Abnormal Crawling

Colic

Constantly Crying/Fussiness

Constipation

Developmental Delays

Ear Infections

Fever and Common colds

Improper Suckling and Failure to Latch

Misshapen Head

Palsies

Reflux

Seizures

SIDS

Sleep Disorders

Spitting Up

Strabismus

Torticollis

Childhood

More and more parents are seeking chiropractic care for their children. Many spinal problems seen in adults began as early 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.

As the child begins to participate in regular childhood activities like skating or riding a bike, small yet significant spinal misalignments (subluxations) may occur. If neglected, the injuries during this period of rapid growth may lead to more serious problems later in life. Subtle trauma throughout childhood will affect the future development of the spine leading to impaired nervous system function. Any interference to the vital nerve system will adversely affect the body's ability to function at its best.

One of the most common reasons parents seek care for their child is a trauma from an injury of some sort. These misalignments may or may not result in immediate pain or symptoms. Regular chiropractic check-ups can identify potential spinal injury from these traumas, make the correction early in life and help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults. Proper spinal hygiene is an important key to better health.

Another sought out reason for care is the resolution of a particular symptom or condition. Parents seek care for conditions such as colic, ear infections, asthma, allergies and headaches (to name a few) because they have heard from other parents that chiropractic care can help.

It is important to understand that the Doctor of Chiropractic does not treat conditions or diseases. The expertise of the chiropractor is in checking the child's spine for misalignments that impair nervous system function therefore affecting overall body function. The bones of the spine, called vertebrae, house and protect the spinal cord. The spinal cord is an extension of the brain and carries information from the brain to the body parts and back to the brain again. Subluxations interfere with nerves' ability to transmit this vital information.

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.

The Doctor of Chiropractic will take a case history and perform a chiropractic exam to determine if spinal subluxations exist. Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to fit a child's size, weight, and unique spinal condition. They are both gentle and specific to the child’s developing spinal structures. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and look forward to subsequent visits. They also report that their children experience a greater level of health while under regular chiropractic care.

Once your family has experienced the many benefits of chiropractic care-please help us tell others!

~Jeanne Ohm, D.C provided all the childhood information above. She is the president of the International Pediatric Chiropractic Association.

Common symptoms in childhood that can be helped by Chiropractic and Cranial Sacral:

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Abdominal Pain

Autism

Asthma

Bed Wetting

Behavioral Problems: ADD/ADHD

Cerebral Palsy

Constipation

Ear Infections

Falls, bumps, bruises

Growing Pains

Immune Dysfunction

Learning disabilities

Low back pain and hip pain

Migraine Headaches

Scoliosis

Sinusitis

Sleep

Speech Disorders

Sports Injuries

TMJ Syndrome/Dental Health

Tonsillitis

Vision Impairments