Our goal is to empower individuals with the knowledge to achieve excellent health, including the development and implementation of healthy habits, creating time in your busy life for self-care, and finding solutions to individual challenges in optimizing health.
Nutritional Counseling can offer support in how to cook and eat whole foods, grocery shopping guidelines, personal care products affecting biochemistry, and making incremental changes in lifestyle in order to support happiness and self-actualization.
The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic adjustment for pregnant mothers. Working to correct sacral subluxations, this technique balances pelvic biomechanics, easing intrauterine constraint and allowing the baby to get into the best position for birth. Because of its ability to facilitate easier, safer deliveries for both the mother and baby, many birth care providers are actively seeking Doctors of Chiropractic with the skills in this technique.
The Webster Technique analysis is part of all regular prenatal care in our office.
Recent research has revealed several profound benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy, including:
A more comfortable pregnancy & delivery
50% reduced need for analgesics (pain medication)
84% of women report relief of back pain during pregnancy
Alleviates the numbness & tingling of pinched nerves
Reduced likelihood of postpartum depression
Balanced biomechanics relieve intrauterine constraint* on the baby, allowing optimal development
For more information on these research findings, please visit icpa4kids.org
* Intrauterine constraint for as little as a few weeks can inhibit fetal growth and development.
All obstetrical interventions increase the risk of subsequent & more serious procedures. For example, with any intervention (pitocin, epidural anaesthesia, etc), the risk of mechanical delivery (the use of forceps and vacuum extraction) and surgical delivery (c-section) multiplies substantially. These unnatural modes of delivery are risky and traumatic to both mom & baby. Proper prenatal chiropractic care, however, is a valuable tool to decrease the reliance on these invasive delivery procedures.
Medically classified birth trauma is when the baby has fractured clavicle & humeral bones, overt neuromuscular damage such as Erb’s and Bell’s palsy, or severe spinal cord injury. Chiropractic classification of birth trauma is much more specific and distinct. Evidence of birth trauma is when the baby has misalignments to his or her spine affecting nerve system function.
These less obvious traumas can be detected by Doctors of Chiropractic as soon as a child is born. The unique expertise of chiropractors can detect and correct these misalignments with gentle adjustments to the baby’s cranium & spine. When parents understand the importance of nerve system function and the potential trauma of birth, they recognize the importance of having their infants checked immediately after birth.
Changes During Pregnancy
During this time, mom’s body is experiencing rapid changes & adaptations. As a mother’s weight increases, her center of gravity shifts outward and her postural compensations respond accordingly. In addition, the ligament laxity necessary for birthing adds to instability in all of her joints, including her spine and pelvis.
“The potential for damage in pregnancy and the postpartum period to a woman’s neuro-musculoskeletal structure is great,” Varney’s Midwifery warns. “Shifts in the center of gravity forward & slightly up destabilize her posture and realign the carriage of weights and forces through her joints, predisposing nerves, muscles, bones, and connective tissues to damage. Increased levels of relaxin & elastin further aggravate this situation.”
These hormonal & structural changes can lead to spinal & pelvic misalignment and the lower back pain many women experience during pregnancy. Lower back pain, in and of itself, is a burden to a woman’s daily function and quality of life.
However, the misalignment of the spine & pelvis have a far more crucial consequence to a mother and her developing baby. In chiropractic, these misalignments are called subluxations. These insidious blockages cause stress overload to the mother’s nervous system, potentially impairing any of her vital systems and organs. Gray’s Anatomy textbook tells us that the nervous system is the most complicated and highly organized system of the human body. It is responsible for the coordination of all body function, and our ability to adapt to the environment. The spine houses and protects the nerve system.
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Our Pregnancy Care Plan
In order to fully support expectant mothers, we offer a special Pregnancy Care Package that will allow for consistent care throughout pregnancy, maximizing the benefits to both mom and baby.
This care plan includes the following benefits:
Regular chiropractic checkups for the duration of the pregnancy, including brief exams, monitoring and chiropractic care
Lifestyle counseling to facilitate optimum fetal development, including nutritional and neurological considerations
Exercise instruction to support a comfortable pregnancy as well as prepare mom's body for the delivery process
Support in creating a Birth Plan, including information about a myriad of variables involved in labor & delivery, resources for further research and allied practitioners for your Birth Team
Interface with your Birth Team to collectively provide the best support for pregnancy & delivery
On-call status around your Estimated Due Date: your doctor will be available for consultation and to attend the birth if there is any difficulty during labor & delivery, or for general support.*
Chiropractic adjustments can frequently address issues such as failure to dilate, severe labor pain, discoordinate uterine contractions or any number of lesser concerns. This can and should be tried before pursuing more serious medical interventions.
Home visits within 24-48 hours of delivery and one week post-partum: includes checkups for both mom and baby to ensure neurological balance and help you both thrive
Continued care in our office for one month post-partum to ease the physical transition & recovery (includes chiropractic care, nutritional and exercise consultation and any other foundational health considerations necessary)
A review examination will be performed at one month post-partum, marking the end of Pregnancy Care.
* This care plan includes birth attendance for up to 2 hours; more complicated cases will be billed for additional services.
We are dedicated to helping families during this incredible journey.
If you or someone you know is pregnant or trying to conceive, please share this information, check our events calendar for upcoming lectures, and refer her to our office for a complimentary consultation.