Pregnancy & childbirth, without a doubt, are the most incredible, miraculous experiences that a woman can undergo. As parents, we take every precaution to protect the growing baby within and to ensure the best possible environment for his or her development. Chiropractic care is an integral part of this special time.
Chiropractic adjustments, specific to the special needs of pregnancy, ensure pelvic & spinal alignment, allowing optimum room for baby to grow and move. Chiropractors undergo special training to meet the needs of pregnant moms and their babies.
"As a mother, I can testify to the amazing benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy. The gentle techniques for pre-natal care helped to relieve aches and pains associated with my "growing bump" and allowed space for my baby's development.”
“The births of my two girls were both natural, following my birth plan without the use of pain-relieving medications or interventions. I am grateful for this, and my fast post-partum recovery, which I attribute largely to my regular chiropractic care."
Neuromuscular, Biomechanical and Hormonal Changes During Pregnancy
- Release of the hormone RELAXIN; Relaxin causes muscular and ligamentous relaxation. This in turn allows joints to shift in alignment, creating imbalances & symptoms such as sciatica (pain and/or numbness to the leg), low back pain, joint pain & increased muscle tension.
- Increased Weight Gain & Weight Distribution
- Increased demand and fatigue on spinal and pelvic muscles
- Increased stress on spinal and pelvic ligaments
- Postural alterations, increasing the lumbar and thoracic spinal curves and leading to further strain on the muscles, ligaments, joints and underlying nervous system
- Increased joint stress and occurrence of vertebral and sacroiliac joint misalignments
Benefits of Chiropractic Care during Pregnancy
- Chiropractic Care during pregnancy can prepare the pelvis for a more comfortable pregnancy and birth
- Relief of mechanical low back pain, joint pain and sciatica associated with the normal changes of pregnancy
Frequently Asked Questions
Most parents don't blink an eye when it comes to routine visits to the dentist for check-ups. So why not the chiropractor?Well, just like the dentist, a spinal check-up performed by a chiropractor could prove to be valuable in the life of your child. The process of childbirth, or the developmental stages (learning to sit, crawl, walk and climb) each involve the potential for falls, trauma & repeated insults to the spine and nervous system.
Add to this the activities of childhood, including running, jumping, twisting & falling, and you have a short list of potential mechanisms for childhood spinal injury. Daily traumas of being a kid must be taken seriously as they can become the stepping stones for more serious future difficulties if not dealt with right away.
Did You Know...
Did you know that the human spinal cord has 1,000,000,000 (one billion) neurons? More incredibly, the human brain has one hundred billion neurons with the capacity to perform some ten quadrillion operations per second. Imagine the scope and complexity of every telephone system throughout the entire planet: Your nervous system embodies that same scale of complexity and capacity in each individual brain cell.
If you were to write out your potential as expressed by the number of possible neural connections it could make, it would take you seventy-five years to write out all the zeros! That's the level of power and capacity you have at your disposal every moment of every day! Can you imagine now why it's so important to maintain spinal and cranial alignment to keep the communication from neuron to neuron as clear as possible?
My husband and I sought out help from Dr. Donna McAllister at Okanagan Health and Performance for our 6-day old newborn when we were having difficulty with breastfeeding. We had consulted with 2 lactation consultants and were assured that we were doing the right things for breastfeeding success but were still struggling and running out of ideas as to why so they recommended we reach out to Dr. Donna. Our son was born in a frank breach position (meaning he was head up with both legs straight up). He was in this position for most of the last 4 months of pregnancy and had little room to move. We noted that he would not latch on the left and when we tried, he would become inconsolable, often yelling, and crying. We were unable to wake him for his regular feedings and were concerned about his decreasing weight. During the treatment, Dr. Donna was very gentle and explained everything she was doing. It was not your usual type of adjustment. It was so delicate and soft with micro adjustments to baby’s body. He even slept through the entire appointment! My husband and I were just hoping for any improvement and had no idea how profound of a change we would see. Immediately after the appointment, our son latched and fed on the left for the first time. He also remained awake and alert between feedings for a little while, which was not at all expected, and he slept better at night without the inconsolable fits. He has had a couple follow ups and the changes have held. He now regularly feeds on the left, has a great range of motion in his neck, is happier overall and more alert. We would highly recommend Dr. Donna at OHP. We had never thought of Chiropractic care for such a young infant but in hindsight it just makes so much sense. Knowing that the adjustments are not the bone cracking type that adults are used to, we will continue to check in with Dr. Donna to ensure our son’s chiropractic health through all his growth stages.