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Common Infant & Pregnancy Chiropractic Questions
Is it safe to adjust a child?
Chiropractic is absolutely safe for children. Doctors of chiropractic use very gentle and specific techniques for children. The purpose of chiropractic is to remove interference to the nervous system, which is the control center for all of the body’s organs, tissues, and systems. Chiropractic adjustments release the body’s healing powers in children, just the same as adults.
Why do infants need chiropractic?
The birth process is highly traumatic and can introduce great stress to the infant’s skull, spine, and pelvis. Infants should be checked by a chiropractor for spinal subluxations that may impair nerve function and can contribute to colic, earache, asthma, allergies, and sleeping problems, etc. As babies grow, they begin to crawl, sit, and walk by using their spine. Proper alignment is essential to ensure normal function.
Why do pregnant women need chiropractic?
I have advanced training in providing chiropractic care to babies and children. I have a certification in the Webster Technique, which establishes balance in the pregnant woman’s pelvis and reduces undue stress to her uterus and supporting ligaments. This balanced state in the pelvis has been clinically shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning. 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. This technique also eliminates the potential for difficult labour, and therefore results in easier and safer deliveries for both the mother and the baby.
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported in the July/August 2002 issue an 82 percent 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 eighth month of pregnancy when a woman has a breech presentation.
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