Pregnant Women Have Special Concerns
There are so many things pregnant women worry about: staying pregnant, carrying the baby to full term, morning sickness, healthy development, backaches, leg pain and if their labor will be safe and (hopefully) easy.
Can Chiropractic care help ease their minds? Chiropractic care has been observed to help pregnant women a number of ways. Chiropractors have been performing spinal adjustments on pregnant women for over a hundred years and have noted that chiropractic spinal corrective care may help maintain pregnancy, control vomiting during pregnancy, deliver full-term infants with ease, and produce healthier infants.
In the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, a number of practitioners commented on the effectiveness of spinal care for pregnant women. The following are a couple of samples of their remarks:
"For normal patients, correction of vertebral subluxations definitely helps normal function and rehabilitation. Manipulation can be of great value in normalizing the body functions of women with problems of pregnancy such as toxemia."
"Manipulative therapy…normalizes functions of the pituitary, adrenal, ovarian, and placental systems, including the craniosacral respiratory mechanisms. This shortens the labor…and lessens medication requirement….Postpartum depression is a rarity in patients receiving…. Manipulative therapy.”
"Wellness care is administering spinal adjustments to optimize the biomechanical and nervous system function, therefore allowing the highest level of neurophysiological integration."
Chiropractic care is espicially needed during pregnancy because of the many physical and chemical changes the woman's body is going through. Not only is her center of gravity changing because of the added physical weight she is carrying, but her spinal structure becomes more flexible due to hormonal changes which relax the ligaments in the pelvis, preparing them for stretching during childbirth. In an already unstable spine, that could aggravate spinal problems. It is proposed that sacral misalignment may contribute to these three primary causes of dystocia via uterine nerve interference, pelvic misalignment and the tightening and torsion of specific pelvic muscles and ligaments. The resulting tense muscles and ligaments and their aberrant effect on the uterus may prevent the baby from comfortably assuming the best possible position for birth.
One of the latest developments in chiropractic prenatal care has been a method of correcting baby positions in which the baby isn't positioned properly for birth. Developed by the late Larry Webster, D.C., of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, chiropractors are able to release stress on the pregnant woman's pelvis and cause relaxation to the uterus so the baby will turn naturally.
Kids and Chiropractic
For most of us, the birth process is the most traumatic event of our lives. Obstetrical procedures cause tractioning and twisting of the infant’s spine. This imposed stress can easily produce vertebral subluxation. It is documented that the most common signs of injury in newborns are related to nervous system damage. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) research indicates that spinal damage resulting from birth trauma can interfere with the nerves that control breathing. It Is crucial that every parent have their newborn's spine checked for the presence of nerve irritation and vertebral subluxation.
Not only have thousands of parents reported the positive effects of chiropractic with their newborns, but numerous research studies have likewise revealed some amazing results. One such study compared 200 patients of pediatricians with 200 under the care of chiropractors. The health of the children under chiropractic care was notably superior. They reported fewer ear infections, fewer allergies, fewer cases of tonsillitis, and less medical treatment including the need for antibiotic treatment. Other studies have shown pediatric chiropractic care to have shown pediatric chiropractic care to have significant results with colic, asthma, ear infection, headache, back pain, and learning and behavioral impairments.