Caring for pregnant women and children

I have seen first hand how chiropractic care is important for both healthy pregnancies, and for the first years of childhood. All adults and some children receive NUCCA as their primary care with the exception of women who become clients while pregnant. Pregnant women receive the gentle full-spine care called Activator. This helps their bodies adjust to the rapid changes, and keeps muscles relaxed so that the baby has the best chance of getting “in position” for delivery.

Children around the age of 5 and younger are more often cared for from a full-spine and cranial therapy approach. Only in special cases are X-rays deemed necessary.

 
 

relief and prevention during pregnancy

Pre-existing, but unnoticed imbalances in your spine and pelvis become more pronounced druing pregnancy and make it more difficult to perfom routine daily activites. Rapid growth of the baby and movement of the muscles and joints of the pelvis and ribs also contribute to discomfort and pain.

Chiropractic care throughout your pregnancy can relieve and event prevent common discomforts during this time.

strenghtened immune system

Chiropractic care during pregancy actually strengthens your nervous system to overcome stresses and achieve optimal oveall body function. Since pregnancy is a time when all of your systems are “functioning for two,” regular chiropractic care throught pregnancy makes valuable sense.

a better, easier labor and delivery

Maintaining a blanced pelvis allows the ligaments conneted to the uterus to maintian an equalized, supportive suspension for the baby and allows for unrestricted movement and optimal positioning for birth. Having the baby’s head in an ideal presentation for delivery is essential for a safer, more comfortable birth. The notion of a baby that is either “too big” or a labor that “just slowed down” is actually a result of the baby’s presentation interfering with the normal process and progression. A sub-optimal presentation can lead to multiple high-risk medical interventions (including the administering of pitocin, use of epidurals, painful episiotomies, forecful pulling on the baby’s fragile spine, vacuum extraction forceps and even c-sections) which may be physically and emotionally traumatic to both you and your baby.

Published studies have indicated that spinal and pelvic adjustments may even reduce labor time. Dr. Chavez works specifically with your spine and pelvis throughout your pregnancy to restore a state of balance and create an environment for an easier, safer delivery. You and your baby’s continued safety and comfort are foremost in our care.

 

gentle adjusting for children

Fast or difficult births. Falls and tumbles. Heavy book-bags, and long hours in classroom chairs. These are just some of the reasons why children deserve an evaluation from a chiropractor who works with children.

Dr. Chavez takes a full examination of his pediatric patients, and determines the best approach for care, given his findings. At that time, he will discuss his plan of care with the parents or guardians of the child, prior to correcting any misalignments. Most children do not need x-rays to be examined, and children typically respond much quicker to their adjustments than adults.

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When adjusting the spines of children, Dr. Chavez uses many techniques, and sometimes employs different sensory integration tools, as well as cranial adjusting. All adjustments are extremely light, and typically there is no popping or thrusting.

The delicate spines of a growing child are a great advantage, because their bodies accept the adjustment much easily than adults, as they do not have the the kind of spinal degeneration that many adults have.

The child may feel a slight discomfort when the doctor palpates or touches certain areas, but after the adjustment, the child feels much better.

Many of our pediatric patients love to come and see Dr. Chavez because they innately know that he is helping them to live and grow without interference.

Dr. Chavez offers special family pricing when all children are brought into the office to get checked at the same time as mom and dad. Please ask us about our special fee schedule for families.

 

 
 

 
 

Resources for parents

 

icpa4kids.org
ICPA Research – Kids and Chiropractic
Choosing Family Wellnes Links
Flu Vaccine Research
Breastfeeding
Vaccine Research
 

cPregnancy and Chiropractic
ADHD
Antibiotics
MMR and Autism
Pathways Magazineolumn