Pregnancy and Pediatric Care
A common question we receive is whether it is safe to receive chiropractic care before, during, and after pregnancy. The answer is, yes! If you’ve never considered receiving chiropractic treatment to prepare for a pregnancy, maintain well-being during pregnancy, or to restore your alignment after the child is born, the following information will help inform your decision.Pre-PregnancyThere have been interesting studies done to review whether receiving chiropractic care can facilitate conception. If the spine is out of alignment in a certain region, it could be impeding the nerve supply and proper blood flow to the reproductive organs. The conclusion of case studies from “Infertility and Chiropractic: A review of the literature” (Bula, SM D.C., March 2008) was that in a review of eleven cases where complications existed with conceiving, eleven women had successful pregnancies within one to twenty months after receiving chiropractic care!
Pregnancy dramatically alters a woman’s frame in order to support the weight of a growing child. A woman’s center of gravity is shifted, and this can cause aches and pains where you didn’t even know it was possible to have them. The growing fetus can put pressure on different nerves or settle into a position that puts strain on the skeletal frame. The extra weight a woman carries during pregnancy can result in sciatica symptoms, or issues with the lower back. Headaches, sleepless nights, and indigestion are also common effects of pregnancy. Chiropractic care will help alleviate these discomforts and keep your body in prime condition from conception to delivery.
Your body has just achieved a miraculous feat. Now it is time for the body to begin restoring itself to its pre-pregnancy state of being. Have heart! It will get there. Your center of gravity will shift again, body fluids and tissues will swell, then heal, then swell again! For up to one year following delivery, your body will be considered to be in “post-partum.” The hormone, called relaxin, that was produced during pregnancy will continue to have a residual effect on your body. In particular it will impact your joints- especially in the pelvis and spine. Your ligaments will be stretchy for a while and your stability will be off. This may lead to soreness, fatigue, or other odd pains. HealthMax Chiro will help you restore your normal biomechanics and tissue health to prevent future health problems. With chiropractic care you will have a quicker post-partum recovery time and start to feel your (new) normal again.
Remember the days when children were given water with sugary drink mix and a cream filled golden cake for a snack? Pre-packaged instant processed meals for dinner? Tummy problems? (Who wouldn’t have them after all that!?) Of course the solution was to give the child some chalky tasting pink liquid and call it good. Thankfully, in this present day parents have better access to knowledge and so many better alternative options to manage their children’s health and well-being. The trend in childrearing is treat children as naturally as possible. The body is able to provide so many natural defenses on its own. Children really don’t need to have their bodies flooded with over the counter products and treatments. They can also benefit greatly from pediatric chiropractic care. HealthMax Chiro is able to provide chiropractic care to children in Hudson and the surrounding areas. We see children for a variety of common childhood ailments including:
• ear infections
• breastfeeding difficulties
• sleep disturbances
• allergic reactions
• scoliosisMany of these pediatric health issues can be traced to nervous system irritation caused by spinal and cranial misalignments. Many developmental milestones such as learning to hold up the head, sitting upright, crawling, and walking are all activities that are affected by spinal alignment and are important times to have a child checked by a chiropractor. HealthMax Chiro will complete a thorough physical examination of your child’s spine and customize treatment from there. We will use gentle, specific strokes to find and adjust any spinal areas that are out of alignment using techniques appropriate to the infant and child’s spine and cranium.If your child has incurred an injury during playtime, sports, or an auto accident, it is recommended they be examined by a chiropractor for any physical distress to the spine. Parents should also understand that emotional stress and food intolerances can affect the child’s nervous system. The natural approach of a chiropractor may be just what is needed to restore well-being.Treat your child in a holistic, natural, and safe way with HealthMax Chiro pediatric chiropractic care. Contact us today at 715-808-0445. Serving Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota.