It is very important to have an aligned spine and a properly functioning nervous system throughout pregnancy because it benefits both the mother and developing baby.
Prenatal chiropractic care helps to support the hormonal and structural changes a woman’s body experiences during her pregnancy – changes which are occurring for the right reasons, but nonetheless, these can exaggerate spinal misalignments and cause damage to the mother and unborn child.
As a result of addressing spinal misalignments, the expectant mothers who undergo prenatal chiropractic care at McKinley Chiropractic report a decrease in the “usual” pregnancy symptoms, such as sore back and hips, nausea and low energy.
Proper spinal alignment also ensures that the expectant mother’s pelvis is properly aligned; this is vital in order to allow for maximum comfort during the final months of pregnancy and delivery, as the baby must pass through the pelvis during the trip through the birth canal. The Webster Technique is a chiropractic technique specifically developed to address the ligaments which support the uterus during pregnancy. Proper functioning ligaments is essential for the baby’s comfort in the womb and helps to decrease the likelihood of breech positioning.
Dr. McKinley is certified to perform the Webster Technique, and many women who have benefited from this procedure report fast labours (less than 5 hours) and easy, drug-free births.
So while the benefits from chiropractic care begin even before a child is born (and during), the families who get adjusted at McKinley Chiropractic witness the positive effects of pediatric chiropractic care when they continue to have their little one’s spines checked regularly.
Pediatric chiropractors are trained to know exactly where to adjust. Newborns and infants are adjusted with no more pressure than one would use to test the ripeness of a tomato, and the parents at our clinic have comment that they see improvements in the general wellbeing of their child as they follow their schedule of chiropractic care. When the nervous system is performing optimally, a baby will be calmer, eat and sleep well, and grow and develop in a healthy manner.
Dr. Heath McKinley has been trained to evaluate your child’s spine through the I.C.P.A. (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association).
If you are interested in learning more about pregnancy, children and chiropractic, please feel free to contact our clinic.