Perinatal & Pediatric Care
Prenatal Care & Webster Technique
Chiropractic care during pregnancy is so important! Not only does it keep your nervous system functioning optimally so you can provide the best environment to grow that little peanut in, it can address pelvic biomechanical issues that can effect labor and delivery, it can also help relieve some common pregnancy-related conditions:
- Sciatica and low back pain
- Bursitis of the hip
- Round ligament pain and pubic pain
- Headaches and neck pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Nausea and heart burn
Dr. Chisholm is an ICPA Certified Webster Technique provider. Webster Technique is used to identify and treat sacral restrictions in expectant mothers to optimize their pelvic neurobiomechanics.
The benefits of Webster Technique
In the mother:
- Prepares the pelvis for an easier pregnancy and birth by creating a state of balance in pelvic bony structures, muscles and ligaments.
- Removes torsion of the ligaments that support the uterus thus potentially reducing aberrant tension to the woman’s uterus.
- Reduces interference to the mother’s vital nerve system which controls and co-ordinates all of her systems and functions.
- By improving maternal function we are decreasing the potential for unnecessary intervention.
In the infant:
- Reduces interference to the mother’s nerve system allowing for better baby development.
- Pelvic balance allows the baby greater room to develop without restrictions to its forming cranium, spine and other skeletal structures.
- Offers the baby the room to move into the best possible position for birth.
- With proper fetal positioning, there is a significant decrease in dystocia and the resulting birth trauma caused by intervention.
Why do Infants and Children Need Chiropractic Care?
It is common to get strange looks from people I talk to about taking infants to the chiropractor. I know what is going through their heads: Is it safe? Babies don’t have back pain. Do babies get adjusted the same way I do? These are legitimate concerns for any parent, but to answer them I will begin with the most important question: Why?
Being born is tough work. There are a lot of pressures and forces being exerted onto your baby during her journey into the world. A recent study by Viola Frymann demonstrated that 90 percent of newborns suffered the effects of birth trauma: associated strain through the neck and cranial areas following birth. Frymann, an American osteopathic doctor, studied more than 1,500 babies periodically across an eight-year period. She examined all babies within the first five days of birth; in fact, many were checked within the first 24 hours of birth. This study revealed that approximately:
- Only 10% of the newborn babies had perfect, freely mobile skulls or cranial mechanisms.
- As many as 10% had severe trauma to the head, evident even to the untrained observer.
- The remaining 80 percent all had some strain patterns in the cranial mechanism.
Left uncorrected, this trauma continues to impact a baby’s spinal growth and development, reducing the healthy function of her nervous system later in life, which could easily have been prevented.
While each birth is unique, there is always a chance that the baby suffers some sort of strain, due to a variety of reasons. Even the most natural births can result in trauma that goes undetected. As researcher G. Gutmann has written, “The trauma from the birth process remains an underpublicized and therefore significantly under-treated problem.”
What can cause birth trauma?
- Very short labour OR very long labour
- Failure of the cervix to dilate
- Use of Pitocin to strengthen/induce uterine contractions
- Use of forceps or vacuum procedures
- Cord around baby’s neck
Harvard University pathologist, Dr. Abraham Towbin, found evidence of spinal injury common as a result of the birthing process. He also found evidence of spinal injury in many cases of SIDS and infant respiratory conditions.
Birth trauma often causes neurological dysfunction. In fact, a study by Gutmann examining more than 1,000 infants concluded that approximately 80 percent had some form of nerve dysfunction. This is of utmost importance, since 65 percent of neurological development (brain and nervous system) occurs in a child’s first year. During this crucial time, it is vital that the nervous system be healthy so the child can grow and develop to his/her potential.
What can nerve dysfunction from birth trauma lead to?
- Respiratory dysfunction
- Digestive disorders
- Difficulty nursing (impaired sucking, swallowing or head positions)
- Balance issues
- Sleeping difficulty
- Delayed developmental milestones
For more information about the chiropractic care during pregnancy, safety and efficacy of chiropractic care for infants and children, or for information about Webster Technique please check out the following websites:
- International Chiropractic Paediatric Association. http://icpa4kids.org
- Spinning Babies: Easier Birth with Fetal Positioning. http://spinningbabies.com
- Pathways to Family Wellness. http://www.pathwaystofamilywellness.org/
Safety of Chiropractic for children (journal article). http://icpa4kids.com/Safety.pdf