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The Benefits of Chiropractic During Pregnancy

Pregnancy and Birth as a Natural Process

With Chiropractic Care Supporting this Process

Chiropractors work with the body’s ability to adapt and function the way it is designed to. Chiropractic care in pregnancy is vital to the normal physiological function of both the mother and baby in pregnancy and birth. Here are the potential benefits:

In the mother:

  • Prepares the pelvis for an easier pregnancy and birth by creating a state of balance in pelvic bony structures, muscles and ligaments.
  • Removes torsion of the ligaments that support the uterus thus potentially reducing aberrant tension to the woman’s uterus.
  • Reduces interference to the mother’s vital nerve system which controls and co-ordinates all of her systems and functions.
  • By improving maternal function we are decreasing the potential for unnecessary intervention.

 

To the infant:

  • Reduces interference to the mother’s nerve system allowing for better baby development.
  • Pelvic balance allows the baby greater room to develop without restrictions to its forming cranium, spine and other skeletal structures.
  • Offers the baby the room to move into the best possible position for birth.
  • With proper fetal positioning, there is a significant decrease in dystocia and the resulting birth trauma caused by intervention.

     

Chiropractic care for kids?

I was blessed to have parents that took me to a chiropractor starting at the age of 5 years old. I have always seen the value in chiropractic when it comes to my health and have never understood why everyone doesn’t seek chiropractic care.

I became a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2007. I have known the importance of being adjusted at any age, however, I attended a seminar this weekend that made me realize just how important chiropractic care is for children. I have treated patients of all ages (my youngest patient being 3 hours old and my oldest patient being 92 years old). It wasn’t until this weekend that I truly understood how untreated subluxations in children can manifest as an adult. I would like to encourage you to seek out a Doctor of Chiropractic in your area to begin regular chiropractic care. Many people seek chiropractic when they are in pain, however, this is not the only time chiropractic care is needed.

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, the 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 the nerves’ ability to transmit this vital information.

The nervous 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.

Many people may ask, “why do children need chiropractic care?” I mean they haven’t even done anything to hurt themselves right? Wrong! Child birth alone can create subluxations. Having your childs spine checked at an early age can save them a lifetime of issues, whether it be structurally, developmentally, emotionally, etc. The nervous controls everything! Who better to help heal the nervous system than someone who specializes in dealing with the spine?

I can not put it any better than Major Bertrand DeJarnette: “The only true subluxation you ever see must be in a child prior to the age of seven years. If this subluxation goes uncorrected it becomes a primary source of stimulus through life, but the tombs of distortion, which form from one traumatic experience to the other, soon bury this primary subluxation under that ‘tomb of distortions’…The subluxation that all of us worry about occurred some time between birth and the seventh year of life, and the remedy would of course be careful chiropractic care from birth through the seventh year of life.”

 

 

The Webster Technique

This taken from the ICPA website at http://icpa4kids.com/about/webster_technique.htm as written by Dr. Jeanne Ohm, DC.

Chiropractic care benefits all aspects of your body’s ability to be healthy. This is accomplished by working with the nervous system–the communication system between your brain and body. Doctors of Chiropractic work to correct spinal, pelvic and cranial misalignments (subluxations). When misaligned, these structures create an imbalance in surrounding muscles and ligaments. Additionally, the resulting nerve system stress may affect the body’s ability to function optimally.

The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved.

Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association discovered this adjustment as a safe means to restore proper pelvic balance and function. This specific sacral analysis can be used on all weight bearing individuals to determine S/I joint dysfunction/ sacral subluxation and is therefore applicable for the entire population. The assessment includes heel flexion to buttocks, with restricted flexion indicating the affected SI joint. Correction is made with a diversified, sacral adjustment. It is used on all weight bearing individuals presenting with this biomechanical restriction. Common symptoms include (but are not limited to) low back pain, sciatic neuralgia, and symptoms associated with sacral subluxation and/ or S/I joint dysfunction.

The ICPA recognizes that in a theoretical and clinical framework of the Webster Technique in the care of pregnant women, sacral subluxation may contribute to difficult labor for the mother (i.e., dystocia).  Dystocia is caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby mal-presentation.32 The correction of sacral subluxation may have a positive effect on all of these causes of dystocia.

In this clinical and theoretical framework, 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.

In regards to pregnant mothers, Dr. Webster reported that when a mother sought care and her baby was in a breech position, the restoration of pelvic neuro-biomechanics with this adjustment also frequently facilitated optimal fetal positioning.  There are cases published in the chiropractic literature that support this theory. More research is needed and is currently underway by the ICPA.

The obstetric literature has determined that correct positioning of the baby in-utero affect birth outcome and decrease the potential for undue stress to the baby’s developing spine and nerve system. Obstetric literature has determined the importance of normal pelvic neuro-biomechanics including uterine function and pelvic alignment for the prevention of dystocia (difficult birth). It has also determined that correct positioning of the baby in-utero affects birth outcome and decreases the potential for undue stress to the baby’s developing spine and nerve system. Chiropractic literature has determined the significance of sacral adjustments in normalizing pelvic neuro-biomenchanics.

It is therefore considered prudent that this specific sacral analysis and adjustment be used throughout pregnancy to detect and alleviate sacral imbalance and optimize pelvic neuro-biomechanics in the mother. Because of the particular female adaptations from the increase of hormones, weight gain and postural adaptations, pregnant mothers have a greater chance of sacral subluxation and neuro-biomechanical imbalance than the general population. Additionally, because of the effect the chiropractic adjustment has on all body functions by reducing nerve system stress, pregnant mothers may have significant benefit by having their spines checked regularly throughout pregnancy, optimizing health benefits for both the mother and baby.

My Success Story…. 🙂

On Tuesday, one of our patients was asking about care for his pregnant wife. She is due within the next month and has been battling pre-eclampsia symptoms over the last week or so. She has been to her OB several times and was admitted to the hospital for treatment. She has had all the symptoms that goes with pre-eclampsia, which include swelling, protein in the urine, and high blood pressure, but never all 3 at the same time. During her stay at the hospital they did an ultrasound and found the baby in the breech position. The doctors told her as of Tuesday afternoon that they were looking at inducing labor on Friday and if baby hadn’t changed position by then she would most likely need to have a manual eversion which is extremely painful for mom and has several possible consequences which could end up in c-section anyway. She really does not want to have a c-section.

She came with him to his appointment on Tuesday so I got the opportunity to tell her about Webster Technique and she was willing to try anything at this point. I did my exam on her and she had several indicators that her pelvis was misaligned so I began my adjustment. As I was working through the different steps of the technique there were several areas that were tender for her (mainly her right round ligament) and baby even responded with some movement as well. Once I competed my treatment she sat up and baby really started to squirm around. In our office we also do acupuncture and use moxibustion when needed. I showed her husband how to use the moxibustion and which points to treat and told him to do it several times that evening. I had text him later that evening to check on her and he reported that she was sore on the right side. I had explained earlier that she may be a little sore even though everything I did was very little pressure. The next morning she had a doctor appointment and another ultrasound was performed. Guess what they found? Baby was now head down in the correct position!

Moral of the story?????

Always look at all of your options! When you don’t like what you are hearing get a second opinion. She may have gone through an extremely painful procedure for no reason. We may have saved her from having an unwanted c-section. Either way her labor and delivery will be a better one now that her pelvis is ready to do what it needs to do. Our bodies know what to do! All we need to do is remove the interference and let them do it!

I am so thankful that I took the Webster certification course and this one story alone makes it worth it! I wish that OB’s were required to take this course just imagine how outcomes would change for hospital births!

 

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2013 was good to you but I hope that 2014 will be even better. I am new to blogging so I haven’t quite learned the ropes yet but I am determined to get this thing  down in 2014. My goal with this blog is to provide people with healthy tips and information on different conditions and more natural ways to treat you and your family. I hope to empower and encourage people to take their health into their own hands. Nobody can care about the health of you or your family more than you can! There are big changes in our world going on, people are getting sicker and sicker even though we have a huge amount of resources available. I hope to provide everyone with helpful information throughout the year and would also like to encourage questions or comments. I would like for this blog to provide an opportunity for everyone involved to learn and grow whether it be individually or as a community. So with all of that being said I am ready to rock 2014 and kick sickness to the curb! Who is with me?