Even today's birthing procedures can put tremendous pressures on a child's spine. And while the injury from forceps deliveries may be less common today, vacuum extraction and eager hands can do even more damage by pulling, forcing and twisting the baby's young spine.
Without the language to explain, many newborns experience colic, unexplained crying, lack of appetite, frequent ear infections or other signs of poor health. A chiropractic examination is essential to determine if birth trauma to the spine is involved.
Being born is a natural phenomenon. It's what we've done to the birth process that has become increasingly suspect. In hospitals, birth is often treated like a disease. A newborn's introduction to the world is often accompanied by a severe drop in temperature, loud noises and other insensitivities. The administration of drugs and anesthesia can have a profound effect on a newborn.
First, you don't need anyone's approval to seek a chiropractic opinion about health issues affecting your child! Medical practitioners keeping up with the latest pediatric chiropractic research are starting to understand the value of this natural, drug-free approach to better health.
After a thorough examination a life-affirming adjustment is given. With no more pressure than you'd use to test the ripeness of a tomato, nerve-compromising subluxations can be reduced. Almost miraculously, many parents see instant improvement in the well-being of their child. Later, regular chiropractic checkups are helpful to monitor spinal development as infants sit upright, support their heads, learn to crawl and take their first brave steps. Many experts believe that uncorrected spinal problems during this early stage of development cause the chronic, hard-to-correct subluxations seen in adults.
As children grow, learning to walk, ride a bicycle, and perform other childhood activities can cause spinal problems. While a bandage and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the unseen damage to the child's spine is the unique domain of a chiropractic doctor.
Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as "growing pains" can often be traced to the spine. Regular chiropractic checkups can identify these problems and help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults.
Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and seem healthier than other children.
As you make decisions about your baby's health care and are confronted with the issues of antibiotics, vaccinations and the growing use of behavior altering drugs, consult with your chiropractor. Seek accurate information and make an informed choice. First, make sure your child has the best chance to be all that he or she can be by having a nervous system free of subluxations.
As you personally benefit from chiropractic care, you have some new responsibilities. Among them is to tell others about your experience. Who better to start with than with your own family?
Chiropractic care has been helping families for years. Many patients see their chiropractic doctor as their family doctor. That's smart. The cost of surgery is rising. The adverse reactions to drugs receive front-page news. Families want safe and natural solutions. More and more are choosing chiropractic care first. Family care can start from the very beginning. Babies can benefit when their pregnant mothers receive chiropractic care. During this period of weight gain and hormonal changes, many mothers seek chiropractic care. They often report easier births.
Newborns, infants and children can benefit, too. The birth process may be the cause of our first subluxation! Then, learning to walk, ride a bike or play sports can produce so-called growing pains. Ignored, these problems may worsen until they can become more difficult to correct as an adult.
Car accidents, work injuries and the stress and strains of our busy lives can produce subluxations. Periodic chiropractic checkups can be helpful. Many patients report more energy, vitality and better overall health.
Seniors enjoying an active retirement stop by our office, too. Safe and natural chiropractic care makes sense. They see how the structure of the spine can affect the nervous system and how their body works.
Regardless of your age or condition, a better working spine is good for your health. Share your chiropractic experience with others by starting with those you love.
Aging is a natural and normal process which each person must undergo. Part of this aging process involves the deterioration of tissues, especially of the spine. This happens on an individual basis depending on the amount of stress and abuse the body has taken. Factors that determine this are job, lifestyle and spinal check-ups. With inadequate spinal hygiene the deterioration increases.
Why this happens is easily understood: the elastic discs and supporting ligaments have lost much of their ability to stretch and move due to aging and are therefore less flexible. As a person ages, the muscles which help to maintain the spine in its normal alignment begin to lose the tone needed to maintain balance. When this occurs, the spinal vertebrae have a greater tendency to slip or move erratically. This affects the spinal nerves which lead to vital parts of the body.
Chronic conditions associated with the process of aging, such as degenerative arthritis, circulatory disorders, constipation, depression, balance and coordination, osteoporosis, menopause and stiffness of various joints, may benefit from corrective spinal adjustments.
Chiropractic adjustments have many benefits for the older patient. Treatment relieves spinal and extremity pain, decreases stiffness and muscular spasms, increases mobility and range of motion, increases balance and coordination, increases sense of well being, increases energy, minimizes risk of fall injuries, decreases spinal stress and degeneration, decreases arthritic conditions, decreases tissue inflammation and enhances tissue healing.
The older adults' happiness largely depends on physical health and mental attitude. Chiropractors know the importance of having the older adult function and live as a vital member of society. Studies have been done on the health promotion and preventative attitudes of chiropractors. The studies seem to show that chiropractic patients 65 and older who receive regular chiropractic care have more positive health benefits. This type of positive health maintenance showed a decrease in smoking and prescription and over the counter drug use.
Call today for a consultation and evaluation 800-000-0000. Perhaps you can gain many more years of productive living through chiropractic health care. In many instances your quality of life may be significantly improved by including these reasonable approaches as part of your overall health program. Remember, "youth is a feeling and an attitude...not an age."
(The following is taken from the American Pregnancy Association)
There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant. Investing in the fertility and pregnancy wellness of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is a routine treatment for most chiropractors.
Some chiropractors take a specific interest in prenatal and peri-natal care and seek additional training. Below represents designations of chiropractors who have taken advanced steps in working with infertility and pregnancy wellness.
Chiropractors that have been trained to work with pregnant women may use tables that adjust for a pregnant woman's body. They will also use techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen.
A chiropractor who is versed in the needs of women who are pregnant will also provide you with exercises and stretches that are safe to use during pregnancy and compliment any adjustments made to your spine.
During pregnancy, there are several physiological and endocrinological changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby. The following changes could result in a misaligned spine or joint:
Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is an important reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy. When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery.
The nervous system is the master communication system to all the body systems including the reproductive system. Keeping the spine aligned helps the entire body work more effectively.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy may provide benefits for women who are pregnant. Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
The late Larry Webster, D.C., Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, developed a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment which enables chiropractors to establish balance in the pregnant woman's pelvis and reduce undue stress to her uterus and supporting ligaments. This balanced state in the pelvis makes it easier for a breech baby to turn naturally. The technique is known as the Webster Technique. It is considered normal by some for a baby to present breech until the third trimester. Most birth practitioners are not concerned with breech presentations until a patient is 37 weeks along. Approximately 4% of all pregnancies result in a breech presentation.
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported in the July/August 2002 issue an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when doctors of chiropractic used the Webster Technique. Further, the results from the study suggest that it may be beneficial to perform the Webster Technique as soon as the 8th month of pregnancy when a woman has a breech presentation.
Currently, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association recommends that women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy. With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be avoided altogether. Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for dystocia (difficult labor) and therefore results in easier and safer deliveries for both the mother and baby.
Your Next Steps...
Talk to Your Health Care Provider
As more women are seeking the benefits of chiropractic care throughout pregnancy, more health care providers are seeking trained doctors of chiropractic in their communities to refer their pregnant patients to. Discuss these options with your health care provider. If they are not yet familiar with chiropractic care in pregnancy, ask them to find out more about its many benefits. Most importantly, seek options that support your body's natural abilities to function and find a team of providers who are respectful of your choices.
Not at all. Chiropractors are trained in adjusting the spines of pregnant women and many chiropractic adjusting tables have special modifications and pillows for the pregnant figure.
Patients have received adjustments even during labor. Most movement and shifting happen in the mother's pelvic area at this time.
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