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Pregnancy and Pediatric Care

Pregnant mothers often find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patients size, weight, age, and condition of health.

Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nerve system, this is especially true while pregnant. Chiropractic adjustments benefit both the mother and the child.

Doctors Jessica Payne and Robin Kuhn both specialize in treating pregnant mothers.

Detailed Pre-natal care info is below.

Pediatric care is available to treat many symptonms including colic, chronic ear infections, bedwetting, nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances and asthma.

Detailed Pediatric care info is below.


Pre-natal Care at HealthSolutions of Carmel:

Is chiropractic care during pregnancy safe?

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 care for most chiropractors.

Chiropractors that have been trained to work with pregnant women may use tables that adjust for a pregnant woman’s body, and they will use techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen.

A chiropractor who is trained in the needs of women who are pregnant will also provide you with exercises and stretches that are safe to use during pregnancy.

Why should I have chiropractic care during pregnancy?

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 joints:

• Protruding abdomen and increased back curve

• Pelvic changes

• Postural adaptations

Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is another 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. This can affect the mother’s ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth. Breech and posterior positions can interfere with the natural ease of labor and lead to interventions such as c-sections.

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.

What are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy?

Chiropractic care during pregnancy can provide benefits for women who are pregnant. Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include: 

• Maintaining a healthier pregnancy

• Controlling symptoms of nausea

• Reducing the time of labor and delivery

• Relieving back, neck or joint pain

• Prevent a potential cesarean delivery

What about chiropractic care and breech deliveries?

The late Larry Webster, D.C., Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association(ICPA), 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 has been clinically shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning. 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 (ICPA) 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.

All above information from www.americanpregnancy.org 

Pediatric Care at HealthSolutions Carmel:

Many families today are turning to chiropractic care for their health care needs. What most parents do not realize is that even during the natural birthing process the infants spine and nervous system can be stressed. The birth process can lead to spinal and cranial misalignments that can be the cause of many new born health complaints. Some of which are colic, breathing problems, nursing difficulties, sleeping problems, and chronic ear infections. 

Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth many parents decide to get their child’s spine checked for subluxation. As the baby grows and develops and learns to hold their head up, sit up, crawl and walk it is important to make sure the child gets frequent chiropractic exams.

Chiropractic for children is very safe, gentle and specific to correct the spinal misalignments. 

Adjustments can be performed with the doctor’s hands or using instrument type of adjusting. 

Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and look forward to subsequent visits. They also report that their children experience a greater level of health while under regular chiropractic care.

What conditions can be treated through chiropractic care?

Conditions that can be treated through chiropractic care are:

• Colic

• Chronic ear infections

• Bedwetting

• Nursing difficulties 

• Sleep disturbances

• Asthma

• Behavioral difficulties 

Information above was gathered by the International Chiropractic for Pediatrics Association