CHIROPRACTIC CARE DURING PREGNANCY
The female body goes through many changes during pregnancy in an effort to create an ideal environment for the developing baby. It is important to keep everything (most specifically the pelvis, hips, and sacrum) in the proper position to keep both the mom and baby as healthy as possible. The American Pregnancy Association states the following as benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy: maintaining a healthier pregnancy, controlling symptoms of nausea, reducing the time of labor and delivery, relieving back, neck or joint pain, and preventing a potential cesarean delivery. In addition, because the nervous system is the master communication network to all the other systems in the body, including the reproductive system, keeping the spine aligned helps the entire body to function at its optimal level.
Dr. Marchman is proud to be the only Webster certified chiropractor in Forsyth County. She loves serving the pregnant women and children of her community.
Chiropractic for Children
Many parents choose to have their newborn baby checked by a chiropractor immediately after birth. Trauma to the spine during the birth process can lead to issues such as colic, nursing difficulties, and chronic infections. Just a tiny misalignment in the spine can have a tremendous effect on the overall health of a new baby.
As children grow and learn to walk, the inevitable falls and bumps can further affect the developing bones of the spine and skull. Regular chiropractic checkups identify potential spinal injury from these traumas. If the correction is made early in life, many associated health complaints can be avoided during adulthood.
During a chiropractic visit, the chiropractor will take a case history and perform an exam to determine if there are any misalignments in the spine or extremities. The bones of babies and children are much different from those of adults and are adjusted differently as well. The adjustment is gentle and specific to the child’s developing structures. Many parents report that their children enjoy their adjustments and look forward to subsequent visits. They also report that their children experience a greater level of health when under regular chiropractic care.
Prenatal massage shares many of the same goals as regular massage – to relax tight muscles, ease sore areas, improve circulation and mobility, and enhance overall mood. Furthermore, prenatal massage has been shown to improve labor outcomes as well as decrease excess swelling, stress and anxiety, and sleep issues during pregnancy. This type of massage is tailored specifically to the changing body of a pregnant woman and is a wonderful complement to chiropractic care during pregnancy.
Carrying a baby changes a woman's center of gravity and puts tremendous stress on the back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Prenatal massage works to alleviate these issues, so that pregnancy is the joyful experience it is meant to be.
During a prenatal massage, the patient will be side-lying with pillows to support the belly, head, knees, and ankles. Our female massage therapist, Pepsi Leininger, has taken extra courses to become certified in prenatal massage, labor massage, and postnatal massage. She has knowledge of which areas are likely to need extra care, as well as which areas should be avoided during pregnancy.
The Webster Technique
The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment which enables the chiropractor to establish balance in the pregnant woman's pelvis and reduce undue stress to the uterus and supporting ligaments. This balanced state in the pelvis has been clinically shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning.
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when doctors of chiropractic used the Webster Technique.
The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) recommends that women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy. 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. Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for dystocia (difficult labor) and therefore results in easier and safer deliveries for both the mom and baby.