When people ask why babies or children need to see a chiropractor, the answer is simple! Everyone has a spine and EVERYONE can benefit from a optimally functioning nervous system. Children often find improvement from issues such as torticollis, reflux, colic, constipation, asthma, and more. ”Is chiropractic safe for children?” YES, chiropractic is completely safe, gentle, and effective for children! Dr. Tokar takes her time with each child and parent to fully explain her analysis and answer any questions before she performs the first adjustment. Chiropractic is not all about neck and back pain (a common misconception!), but helping your body function better and feel better, without drugs or surgery!
Chiropractic is extremely beneficial during pregnancy for a number of reasons. Dr. Tokar works with expectant mothers to help them achieve proper spinal alignment, which allows the body to function and feel better. A properly aligned spine and pelvis can allow for proper fetal positioning, which encourages less complications during the birth process. Here’s why:
Towards the end of the first trimester and beginning of the second trimester, the expectant mom may start to feel changes in her uterus, and even in her spine and pelvic area. These changes become more apparent as the uterus and baby grow. The uterus has many ligaments that support its position inside the abdomen and connect it to other structures in the body for more stability. Some of these ligaments attach to the sacrum (tail bone) and with the growing fetus and uterus, can place tension on the sacrum, creating dysfunction and discomfort.
An expectant mom’s center of gravity, balance, and spinal positioning are changing at a rapid pace. In addition to the physical changes of pregnancy, the body is in high gear producing many new hormones. The hormone called Relaxin has one main purpose- to literally relax the joints, which allows widening of the pelvic girdle in preparation for birth. The additional weight of the baby in the front of the body creates stress on the spine, pelvis and sacrum. With the ability for an expectant mother’s joints to move more easily, misalignments occur frequently and can cause the common low back discomfort as well as other issues.
Some great ways to combat these “blessings” of child bearing are chiropractic, swimming, stretching and yoga.
Chiropractors can help by analyzing the spine and adjusting specific areas that are out of alignment to reduce interference to the nervous system and balance the spine, maternal pelvic muscles, and ligaments. This in turn can allow the expectant mom to have a properly aligned spine, which will make her body feel and function A LOT better! It will also reduce tension in the uterus and may allow for optimal fetal positioning in preparation for birth.
Dr. Tokar is Webster Certified, working with expectant mothers who are seeking a safer, more comfortable pregnancy and birth. To learn more, check out www.ICPA4kids.org.
Dr. Tokar has also studied and trained with BIRTHFIT and can provide invaluable assessments, guidance and support to expectant and new mothers wherever they are in their motherhood transition. You don't have to be a first time mom to benefit from some extra TLC. We can evaluate for a diastasis recti (abdominal muscle separation) and guide you toward proper exercises, what to avoid, and when to seek additional help.