Children & Pregnancy

Pregnancy

During pregnancy, a woman’s spine and pelvis undergo many changes and adaptations, and the risk of subluxation may be increased. Consequently, the health and wellbeing of the growing baby may also be affected. Providing a healthy environment for a baby during pregnancy is vitally important for the aim of having a healthy newborn.

When the pelvic bones are balanced, the uterus is able to enlarge symmetrically with the growing baby, providing an unconstrained environment for the baby’s growth.

Optimal pelvic and spinal positions for birth may lead to shorter and less painful labours.

Children

Being born isn’t easy. The trip down the birth canal and out into a brand new world, while natural, can involve significant physical stress, and this may result in subluxation. Many parents therefore choose to have their newborns checked for subluxation right away.

A child’s brain quadruples in weight in the first 18 months of life, indicative of the extraordinary growth infants make in that time.

Learning to hold the head up, sit, crawl, walk and interact socially are all crucial developmental activities, marking the stages of brain growth. This growth is heavily driven by the sensory signals received through the spinal cord and cranial nerves.

Subluxations, because they disrupt the sensory signals, may impair this development. Thus, having an infant checked by a chiropractor is a choice many parents make.

Later, learning to walk, riding a bicycle, and other childhood activities may cause spinal problems. While a bandaid and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the potential underlying structural damage from trauma to the child’s spine, skull, pelvis or extremities is the unique domain of a chiropractor.