What is a chiropractic adjustment

Chiropractic for pregnant women, newborns and babies

30.01.2019

Chiropractic care is for newborns, babies, and pregnant women a safe method of treatment - even more, chiropractic treatments are highly recommended. For example, chiropractic can successfully treat typical pregnancy symptoms such as pelvic and back pain, as well as colic, head tilt and other body asymmetries in newborns and babies.

YOUR CHIROPRACTOR treated exclusively with his Hands. The treatment of newborns and babies is particularly gentle, with little pressure and more from the individual fingers than from the hands.

Applied chiropractic means that misalignments of vertebrae and joints are corrected and blockages and their effects are resolved. Chiropractors speak of adjustment because they adjust vertebrae and joints in a very targeted manner using technique and speed.

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
The natural physical adaptation and the associated loosening of the tissue during pregnancy enables the vertebrae and joints to be incorrectly positioned more quickly than in the non-pregnant state. The misalignment of the vertebrae puts pressure on the nervous system and leads to pain and functional impairment.

The following symptoms or complaints occur most frequently during pregnancy. These can be improved or even remedied with chiropractic treatment.
• Ischalgia - triggered, among other things, by overstressing the spine.
• Hip blocks - triggered by increased weight load, hormonal changes (increased relaxin level) and incorrect posture.
• Tension and blockages in the thoracic and cervical spine - triggered by the increased weight of the chest.

Mean for expectant mothers chiropractic treatments so that they are in terms of their Musculoskeletal system more stable and painless coming through pregnancy. The child can position and develop better in the uterus. Last but not least, this makes the birth process easier.

The chiropractic treatment can take place in a clothed state. The pregnant woman lies on her side. The entire spine is scanned and the location of the misalignment diagnosed. The deformity of the vertebrae is corrected with a small, quick movement. In addition to "freeing" the joint, chiropractic also has a relaxing effect on the muscles. Manual treatment is over after a few minutes. 25 to 40 percent of the patients feel a significant improvement after the first treatment.

Chiropractic care for newborns and babies
At Newborns and babies the success rate is an average of four Treatments at 90 percent. The high effectiveness is due to the fact that the causes of the symptoms arise exclusively during pregnancy or childbirth. Misalignments therefore only exist for a short time and are quickly remedied.

In comparison, the causes of complaints in adults are numerous and have in some cases lasted for years - from lack of exercise to regular incorrect and excessive strain (e.g. sitting too long in front of the computer or carrying children) to trauma such as sports injuries.

Even though the infant's body is equipped for the strong forces of a natural birth, vertebral and joint displacements can occur. These misalignments can permanently disrupt the development of the child.

The risk of vertebral or joint displacement is increased in:
• Time pressure or acceleration in the birth process (pressure on the mother's stomach).
• Use of instruments such as suction cups and forceps.
• a very large child: there is not enough space in the womb so that the child is “compressed”.
• an unphysiological position of the child (e.g. breech position, stargazing).
• a wrong attitude of the child due to a pelvic inclination of the mother.
• a very long birth (increased force on the small body).
• an acute caesarean section.

Because of this, it is in the first few days after birth a so-called Check-up recommended by a chiropractor. Parents can also watch out for abnormalities themselves and, if necessary, visit a chiropractor.

Chiropractic treatment can help with the following symptoms (this has also been scientifically proven by studies - Miller & Benfield 2008, Alcantara 2009; Miller 2012, Alcantara 2015):
• colic
• Screaming child
• Crying when getting dressed and undressed.
• Difficulty having a bowel movement.
• Don't want to lie on your stomach.
• Extreme body tension (opisthotonus - the children are, so to speak, hyperextended backwards like a speed bow).
• Asymmetries of body folds.
• The child is back in the development phase.
• The child spits a lot.
• It doesn't move the arms and legs equally well.
• It cannot open a hand well.
• Dominance in head posture: the child prefers to turn his head to one side or, when breastfeeding, one side of the breast.

The chiropractic treatment of children is best done on the couch. The father or mother can hold their child so that there is always body contact while the chiropractor treats the child. Some children just keep sleeping, which is a good sign that the treatment won't hurt. Often the children are still breastfed in the practice after the treatment. Most of the time it is just the shock that makes the children unhappy for a moment. One to two days pass before the next treatment, so that the entire duration of treatment hardly exceeds two weeks.

If a new patient comes to our practice with her baby through the recommendation of a midwife, the midwife will receive a report on the treatment results from the chiropractor upon request.

We also offer chiropractic advice
YOUR CHIROPRACTOR stands the Pregnant women and mothersalso advising on the side. Both in terms of the best interests of the child and their own, as the child automatically benefits from it. It is therefore important that mothers do recurring, new habits such as diapering or breastfeeding right from the start in order to protect their own health.

In order to determine for yourself whether your baby has blockages and misalignments, you can do the following tests at home:
Turn your head to the left and right, making sure that your shoulders remain relaxed. When a shoulder or body moves with the movement of the head, the neck is tense and it is time to see the chiropractor. The restricted head movement can also cause the back of the head to flatten out from lying on it all the time. This can be easily treated within the first three months of life.



Tips for parents to avoid neck and head problems in their baby:
• When going to bed, alternately load the left and right back of the head (if the head is flattened, place the head on the opposite side, i.e. on the "round" side).
• Babies should spend as little time as possible in a hunched position (e.g. in a car seat).
• The prone position promotes the child's development. If the baby generally has problems lying on its stomach, you can stagger it. Start with a minute or two a day first and expand slowly. The goal is to prone for five minutes every two hours. If the baby has a favorite side, turn his head to the opposite side while he is in the prone position (e.g. place toys on the opposite side of the favorite side to encourage rotation there).

Tips to ensure a relaxed back for parents and babies:
• Even if many parents find it difficult not to take babies to their own bed. Complaints are programmed.
• Only place the child in the child car seat for as long as necessary.
• If you have long journeys in the car, plan breaks and lift the baby to compensate for it and lay it on its stomach.
• Always carry a baby seat with both hands, very close to your body and facing the child in front of you.
• Carry the baby close in front of the body, carry older children “piggyback” on the back.
• Have someone push the stroller every now and then when you go for a walk. Then you can let your arms swing freely yourself.
• Exercise with the child stimulates coordination, balance, strength and closeness (adapting the timing of the exercise to the child's mood).
• Backpack instead of a diaper bag worn on one side.
• Adjust the height of the changing table so that the forearms are bent at a right angle.
• When picking up the child, keep your back as straight as possible.
• When breastfeeding: lean back with the pillow in your back and neck. In this way, the mother can watch the baby without overstretching the neck.
• When the child is lifted out of the cot or playpen, the child's bed should be placed as high as possible without endangering safety.

Further information on the subject of "Chiropractic for newborns, babies and pregnant women" can be found here:

Chiropractic a Safe Treatment for Babies <

Chiropractic treatment during pregnancy and after childbirth <

 

 

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us.

News archive