Both the mother and the newborn may need Chiropractic at one time or another. In our practice we prefer to treat the mother throughout her pregnancy as needed. As the baby is developing the changes that take place to the mother can be uncomfortable to say the least. There are many options and treatments that can be beneficial to the expecting mother. One of these techniques is called the Webster’s technique. Webster’s technique addresses specific pelvic misalignments and studies have shown that proper positioning of the pelvis will insure and or correct the proper position of the fetus. This technique has also been shown to help with menstrual cramping in females who are not pregnant.
Have you heard, it’s a great idea to have dental braces while you’re pregnant? This is thought to be due to a hormone named Relaxin. Relaxin is believed to allow ligamentous structures to relax in the mother prior to delivery. Usually, Chiropractic adjustments are much gentler, and even low force/or instrument techniques can be applied.
The birthing process can be traumatic for both the mother and newborn. If the baby is delivered vaginaly, the baby may suffer trauma as it exits the birth canal. Neck injuries, upper back and shoulder injuries are common. If a device such as forceps or a vacuum was used in the delivery, the cranial bones of the baby may be affected. The cranial bones are like other bones, they need to be in there proper position. Further, cranial bones should be assessed after any trauma sustained to the head of any patient, regardless of age.
If the baby is delivered via a cesarean, there may be less physical trauma to the baby; however, the mother may have issues following the procedure. The “core” is a functional group of muscles that work to stabilize the pelvis and the spine. In general the core is made of the diaphragm on the top, the transverse abdominis around the sides, and the pelvic floor on the bottom. If these muscles have been disrupted during pregnancy, delivery or cesarean and do not heal properly, core strength is affected which can cause pelvic pain, low back pain, and movement problems to name a few. In some cases the cesarean scar is treated in an attempt to make the tissue function better afterwards; specific exercises are given to re-educate the muscles and increase core stability.
From newborn to old age, we all get injured at some point in our life. When a baby is first learning to sit up, crawl, walk or run, they often fall and bump into objects. Like an adult they can get hurt, especially with repeated falls or bumps.