Most women experience some sort of discomfort associated with their pregnancy, including low back and mid back pain. Most women also believe that these aches and pains are something that they must accept and deal with, but the truth is they don’t. Chiropractic can help a soon-to-be mother manage these aches and pains, while allowing her nervous system to function at its absolute best. A well-functioning nervous system and by extension, body, allows a mother to combat the many stresses experienced by her body during pregnancy and labor.
Having your spine checked by a chiropractor ensures that it maintains normal function. This is especially important in the mid back and low back regions, which experience significant postural stresses associated with a growing baby and belly. Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy not only help to alleviate the pains of pregnancy but can also ensure that your pelvis is functioning correctly to allow optimum room for your baby to grow and move.
As your baby grows larger, hormones in your body begin to relax your joints to prepare you for your baby’s arrival. Their weight, in combination with these hormonal changes, increases the force on the joints of the pelvis and spine resulting in changes to the way your body moves and functions. It is vitally important to ensure that your spine and pelvis maintain proper function during this crucial time.
s Adjustments for babies
Being born is hard work, as your child passes through the birth canal there is a lot pressure and a lot of forces that are being exerted on your infant’s body. As you may know, in the first year of life 65% of neurological development occurs and your baby’s body grows at an incredible rate. Therefore, it is very important that your baby’s spine and nervous system are functioning correctly in order to allow them to develop properly.
A study by a researcher named Gutmann who examined more than 1000 infants, determined that approximately 80% of all newborns had some sort of birth trauma, prompting him to state:
“The trauma from the birth process remains an under-publicized
and therefore significantly under-treated problem”
Many parents, (Drs. Rod and Lauren Guerrero included) have their children checked for spinal dysfunction on a regular basis as part of a healthy lifestyle as well as to help them develop to their full potential.
How? And is it safe?
Chiropractic adjustments have been demonstrated to be safe for people of all ages. A 2011 study by Dr. Matthew Doyle conducted a search of the available published literature and found no single incidence of a significant adverse event as a result of Chiropractic care of children since 1992. That’s 25+ years of safe treatment in the published medical literature.
Chiropractic adjustments for adults differ significantly from those that are performed on newborns and small children. The pressure required to adjust a newborn spine is no more than you would place comfortably on your eyeball (try it! it’s not much at all). In addition to this gentle pressure, your chiropractor may use an adjusting instrument in order to correct dysfunctions in the spine.
Regardless of the technique, chiropractic treatments are evidence based in both safety and efficacy. With children, these same techniques are modified to suit the age, size, and developmental stage of the child, which results in a gentle and customized treatment that yields wonderful results.