Preparing For Pregnancy
Chiropractic is essential for preparing a solid foundation of health and wellness for you as a mom, and your child. In a recent study that is found of the ICPA’s website, shows that children who are under chiropractic care were reported to have improved sleep, improved behavior and attitude, and improved immune system function.
The immune system is the body’s defense against infectious organisms and other invaders. The immune system is made up of a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect our bodies. This immune system can be weakened starting with the birthing process which can stress the child’s spine and their developing nervous system. This stress can lead to subluxations of the child’s spine which irritate the brand new nervous system which could potentially lead to newborn health complaints. The following health complaints can be linked back to the stressed nervous system: colic, breathing problems, allergic reactions, infections, sleep disturbances and even nursing difficulties. Get your children checked!
It is important to remember that many spinal problems that are seen in adults that come into a chiropractic office who are suffering, started as early as birth. Your body is an amazing creation, just look at a newborn child. The body will go through life and adapt to the different stresses that placed on it, whether it be trauma, congenital, or just from gravity. When your body adapts and the spine is not aligned properly by your chiropractor, then wear and degeneration can be seen just like on tires that need to be rotated. This wear and tear can lead to arthritis, disc problems and even altered nerve function.
Chiropractic Care for Kids
Many parents wait to take their children to a chiropractor until there is a trauma from an injury. Pain is a symptom that can occur from spinal misalignments, or subluxations, but it is usually the last symptom to arrive. It is important to have regular chiropractic checkups for children, because they are active and love to play hard! During these checkups we can identify potential problems and fix them before they happen. Chiropractic is meant to be proactive in you and your childs health.
Now mothers… It is important to make sure you are getting evaluated by a chiropractor as well because your body’s systems and organs are now providing for two, and their optimal function is essential for the baby’s healthy development. Your body is going through many different changes, especially your spine and pelvis. These changes are due to the body adapting and compensating for your growing baby. The spine and pelvis need to be in balance because the pelvic opening may be compromised. This compromise puts the baby at a disadvantage when trying to pass through causing difficulty during labor and birth. These compensations and subluxations in the spine and pelvis will also cause an imbalance in the pelvic muscles and ligaments. These muscles and ligaments help to support the growing uterus symmetrically when balanced. When there is an imbalance it could cause a torque which reduces the maximum amount of room for the developing baby, which is called intrauterine constraint. It has been shown that if this constraint occurs it can restrict the baby’s positions during pregnancy, adversely affecting the baby’s spine and cranium development. These constraints can also prevent the baby from getting into the best possible position for birth, which can lead to longer more painful labors and an increase in medical intervention at birth.
Call now to see how we can help aid you and your baby in a more balanced and healthy developing process.