Prenatal and Pediatric Care

pregnancyPrenatal/Pregnancy Care

A woman’s body goes through many fast and profound changes during pregnancy. Taking steps towards optimal body balance and biomechanics prior to pregnancy is important for a healthy birth experience. During pregnancy and in the months following birth, the body produces a hormone known as “relaxin” which relaxes ligaments to allow for easier pelvic opening. This hormone, along with the quickly changing center of gravity as the baby grows, can lead to increased misalignments, pain and potential restriction during labour. During pregnancy, there are 3 main goals of care:

  1. A natural approach to decrease pain as the body shifts and changes.
  2. Optimize pelvic alignment to allow for best baby position during pregnancy and peak opening during labour. Webster’s technique focuses specifically on sacral alignment and round ligament balance, since these work in tandem to support the uterus. Restriction or malalignment to this system can alter uterine positioning and ease of fetal movement.
  3. The nerves from the spine affect more than pain and movement. Nerves travel to the reproductive system and all other organs and glands, allowing for direct communication and internal guidance of body processes. Healthy nerve flow is essential for adequate nerve communication.

Further information can be found at www.icpa4kids.org.

Infant Care

The assessment and care for an infant is quite unique from that of an adult. Spinal stress can occur in-utero during fetal development depending on baby position and pelvic alignment of the mother. The birth process also puts tremendous amount of stress on the neck of the baby regardless if intervention is needed. A baby wellness check ensures optimal spine alignment to set the stage for a strong foundation during the growth and development to follow. Often babies and children will express different symptoms than adults when subluxations (misalignments) exist, and sometimes no symptoms may be present at all. Some indications that a spinal check-up may be beneficial for your child include:

  • Colicky/ fussy for no known reason
  • Difficulty nursing
  • Sudden change in behaviour
  • Constipation
  • Assymmetries in skin folds, or movement of arms, legs or head
  • Favours one side during nursing

Further information can be found at www.icpa4kids.org. If you have specific questions regarding your child or are curious if a Chiropractic assessment may be helpful, please contact our office.

Child Development Care

Many are surprised to hear that children see Chiropractors too! It is rare for children to have the same type of pain and dysfunction that adults can often experience, however seeing a Chiropractor from an early age can often prevent future problems, and ensure proper spinal development. Aside from maintaining a healthy spine, some signs your child may benefit from Chiropractic Care include:

  • Behavioural issues
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Frequent illness/ infection
  • Clumsy or poor coordination
  • Bed wetting
  • Postural imbalance (i.e. one shoulder higher than the other)

Chiropractic care is not about pain elimination, but about harnessing the innate potential of the nervous system, which is guiding all organ, gland and body function. A healthy spine and nervous system is essential for setting a balanced foundation at a young age, and is a proactive approach for health and development.
Further information can be found at www.icpa4kids.org.