Prenatal & Pediatric Chiropractic – Littleton Chiropractor Adjustment Care
Prenatal & Pediatric
Chiropractic Care during pregnancy can help ensure a healthier pregnancy and decreased pain, and complications during delivery. In children, Chiropractic Care can help the body heal, improve coordination, boost the immune system and prevent chronic conditions.
As beautiful and amazing as it is to bring a child into this world, is not always that way for Mom. Being pregnant causes a lot of strain on the physical body, combined with hormones that relax all of your ligaments in your body can be quite the recipe for pain. Luckily, Chiropractic Care can be extremely beneficial not only at helping cope with pregnancy pain but can also help improve delivery times and discomfort.
The most common reason for a pregnant woman to see a Chiropractor while pregnant is a result of musculoskeletal pain. Did you know 50% of all pregnant women experience back pain? The hormone relaxin, which is crucial for the delivery of the child, relaxes the ligaments of the body to allow for the pelvis to spread during delivery. Unfortunately, this hormone affects all of the ligaments in the body, when that is combined with the increased weight due to a growing baby in the abdomen can lead to several biomechanical issues. Particularly, to the postural curvatures of the spine. The combination of increased curvature and lax ligaments leads to spinal misalignments, that can cause muscles spasm and pain. Good news though, studies have shown that Chiropractic is not only very safe but extremely effective. In one study of 17 pregnant women, 16 women saw significant improvement of pain in less than two treatments, on average, and not a single adverse effect reported.
Benefits for Mom & Baby
Chiropractic during pregnancy is not only for women in pain. There are a tremendous amount of other benefits when women were adjusted regularly throughout their pregnancy. Some of these benefits include:
- 25-31% shorter labor times
- Fewer incidence of preterm deliveries
- Reported better stress management
When Chiropractic Care is combined with an exercise and postural strengthening routine, some of the benefits include:
- More energy
- Fewer mood swings
- 21% less weight gain during gestation
- Fewer medical interventions
- Less fetal distress
- Faster recovery post delivery
If you have any of the following, Dr. Zagiba will want to discuss treatment with your Obstetrician before beginning treatment.
- Vaginal bleeding
- Ruptured amniotic membrane
- Premature labor
- Placenta previa
- Placenta abruption
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Moderate to severe toxemia
- Sudden onset of pelvic pain
As a general warning, all of the following therapies and diagnostics are contraindicated for pregnant women, and will not be performed in our office.
- Electrical Modalities ie: e-stim, tens unit, hvg, etc
- Therapeutic Ultrasound
- Radiodiagnostic Imaging
Dr. Zagiba has adjusted his boys since the hour they were born. While delivery often times is very challenging for the mother, and puts a lot of strain on the spine and pelvis. This may cause misalignments in the spine from birth, which sometimes are completely asymptomatic, and sometimes can contribute to severe issues due to the impact on the developing spine and nerve tissue. Growing children are also not always the most nimble and sometimes overestimate their abilities and hurt their backs and necks, just like adults do. Pediatric Chiropractic can really change lives.
“Some may ask why would a child need Chiropractic? Is it safe? Is the adjustment the same for kids? To answer the first question, if you are asking that question you have never seen how reckless my boys are with their bodies sometimes. All kidding aside, kids have bumps, falls, accidents, and trips just like adults do if not more so, as they are trying to acclimate to their bodies and learn proper control of them. However, children’s bodies are much less rigid than adults, aiding in absorbing the impact of these minor falls and stumbles. Also, they generally are much closer to the ground so force the impact is not nearly as forceful either. This does help to a degree to prevent spinal misalignments, but does not stop them from occurring. However, children often require considerably fewer adjustments to heal. A Chiropractic adjustment is a very safe procedure for children. With millions of children visiting a chiropractor every year, adverse events (injuries) are very rare. The adjustment for children is significantly lighter and less forceful. I also very commonly uses the Activator Method to adjust younger pediatric patients. It is important to remember that neck, back pain, and headaches are never normal in children, aside from a day or two of soreness after a high activity day or a minor injury. If you child is experiencing sharp discomfort, Chiropractic could be the answer, but plain and simple an evaluation to determine the cause of the symptoms is necessary to ensure there are not serious underlying causes.” – Dr. Zagiba
Common Pediatric Conditions
- Asymmetrical crawl/gait
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Poor Posture
- Extremity Injuries
- Balance and Coordination Issues
- Brachial Plexus Palsy
- Chronic Otitis Media
- Digestion issues
- Pervasive Development Disorders** – including; autism, sensory integration disorder, ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities, behavioral issues
- Breastfeeding difficulties
- Asthma and chronic upper Respiratory illness