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In the United States, more than 17 percent of all chiropractic patients are under the age of 18, according to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Of that 17 percent, nearly 8 percent are five years or younger.
You might wonder why chiropractic care is recommended for infants, children and expecting mothers. Well the answer is simpler than you would expect, nervous system health and early spinal correction! Subluxations, also known as misalignments, in the spine can prevent proper communication from the brain to the body. These subluxations cause stress to the nervous system, which can lead to a decrease in function of the affected area. All age ranges can experience subluxations. During the first five years of life, the body produces more neural pathways than at any other time, making chiropractic care essential in the early developmental years.
Some of the commonly seem improvements in infants and children include (but are not limited to) better sleep, a stronger immune system, more positive behavior/attitude, lowered allergy irritation and even decreased bed wetting. And for expecting mothers common improvements can include more comfort while carrying in your final trimester, reduced time of labor and delivery and less pain throughout labor.
Pregnancy is an exciting time in life that comes with great care and responsibility. If you’re pregnant for the first time, it’s easy to get inundated with the overwhelming amount of suggestions and recommendations that will come your way. Though a chiropractor and pregnancy may not always be the first suggested treatment for pregnancy, it is actually one of the most helpful treatments that you can do to make yourself more comfortable. As the body begins to shift and adjust, pain and discomfort can arise, becoming one of the more significant issues to deal with during the process. This is usually because of posture, back and pelvic changes and stress that is placed on nerves and muscles. In most cases, it is certainly safe to visit a chiropractor for pregnancy, but it is best advised to check with them or your doctor prior to beginning treatment.
The benefits to using chiropractic care during pregnancy as well as after can be many including a more smooth pregnancy. In order to promote pelvic balance and optimize space for the baby to sleep, chiropractic care can help restore proper pelvic alignment which can make it easier for the baby to get into the right birthing position. Subluxations, also known as misalignments, in the spine can prevent proper communication from the brain to the body. These subluxations cause stress to the nervous system, which can lead to a decrease in function of the affected area. Using chiropractic care for pregnancy can lead to improved or optimal nervous system function.
In order to prepare for the baby, the body will go through many changes to accommodate a growing baby and its birth. Muscles will begin to loosen, causing pain and pressure in the lower back. Back pain can also be attributed to the changing center of gravity, which changes as the baby grows. Ligaments and muscles can stretch and cause the spine to come out of alignment. Seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy can restore proper alignment to the spine and encourage muscles to support the lower back and belly more efficiently. 85 percent of women that visit a chiropractor during pregnancy report reduced back pain. Regular treatment helps to alleviate pressure without the use of medications. With the spine in proper alignment, shorter and easier labor can be experienced as the baby will be in the ideal position for natural birth, lessening the chances and need for cesarean delivery or other medical interventions. Chiropractic care and adjustments is not the same as regular adjustments and is more gentle to ensure no harm to you or your baby.
Once the baby has been successfully delivered, there is usually a need for pain medication to help relieve the pain from the process. It is reported that half of women that included regular chiropractic care during pregnancy claimed to have a reduced need for pain medication. This is because when everything is properly aligned, there is less pain and the process is smoother. Chiropractic care can also encourage faster and quicker recovery if subluxations occurred during pregnancy or the birthing process. It can also lower the likelihood of postpartum depression as chiropractic treatments can help to stimulate endorphins.
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