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Paediatric Chiropractic Care… to do, or not to do?

I get this question often from moms who quite frankly, are scared and apprehensive about the process involved. More often than not, they have either been to the chiro themselves…

By dotunleashed

Oct 16, 2020

I get this question often from moms who quite frankly, are scared and apprehensive about the process involved. More often than not, they have either been to the chiro themselves (very different for adults) or have a preconceived idea of what they think chiro’s do, and are thinking: “There is no way I will put my tiny little new-born baby through that!” But let me assure you, as a mom and chiropractor myself, not only have I seen the benefits of paediatric adjustments on my patients, but also on my very own daughter (now 3yo), who has been receiving treatment from me since she was born. When you can find the right practitioner, with the right experience, and most importantly, who values your baby’s health as much as you do, then you might start asking yourself: “Why didn’t I do this sooner?” In my opinion, it has become more apparent that parents are looking for more natural answers for their families and prefer to avoid medications and surgeries. In a nutshell, Chiropractic treatment is a natural form of health care that uses spinal adjustments to correct these misalignments and restore proper function to the nervous system. What could be more natural than allowing the body to organically heal itself by just making sure the messages from the brain can get to the rest of the body? How can babies benefit from chiropractic treatment?

  • Boosts recovery after birth
  • Soothes colic symptoms
  • Enhances the immune system
  • Reduces general fussiness
  • Supports physical development
  • Assists in treating ear infections

“What Chiropractic offers is not the treatment of conditions or the mere easing of symptoms, but instead restoration of nerve system performance, which affects physical, social, emotional, and spiritual expression.” Jeanne Ohm If all of this still sounds way too daunting (baby steps…), lets pause and consider another avenue… Chiropractic care for postpartum moms! Besides the myriad of changes your body has gone through during your pregnancy, the changes will continue even once your little bundle of joy has arrived. From a biomechanical point of view, your postpartum period lasts for a full year after giving birth. It takes that long for the hormone relaxin (essential in facilitating the bone and connective tissue changes necessary to give birth) to leave the body. During this time, this hormone continues to affect your ligaments, spine, and pelvis. It can produce pain and feelings of instability that make it difficult to stand and walk normally. These physical changes are also magnified emotionally, as your hormone levels change and you deal with the pressures of being a new parent. Chiropractic care can offer a great deal of support during this period, ranging from hands-on adjustments and massage treatments to nutritional, exercise, and lifestyle advice that help new mothers’ bodies grow stronger. And, of course, chiropractic does this the same way it addresses other problems – in a holistic manner, without medication and without surgery, aiming at helping the body heal itself. Overall Benefits of Chiropractic Care

  • Improves joint mobility, function and health
  • Improves circulation
  • Speeds up recovery
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Calms a hyperactive mind and energizes a depressed mind
  • Increases energy, vitality and improves sleep
  • Relieves/improves prenatal discomfort
  • Decreases length of labour and associated back pain
  • Decreases the adverse effects of stress
  • Improves athletic performance
  • Prevention ability for sickness, disease and pain
  • Improves cognitive ability

So where to from now? As is with any medical treatment that you seek for you and your family, do your homework. Make sure that whoever you choose to take care of your family’s spinal health, it is someone you can trust. Someone that you can relate to or that can relate to you, someone with the correct experience and qualification and someone that fits in with your principles, beliefs and wishes when it comes to the best treatment for the overall well-being of you and your family. Most importantly, remember that the reason your spinal health is so important is that it literally impacts your overall health and wellness. Every cell in your body is controlled by your central nervous system, and if your spine is not able to support your central nervous system as it should, then a lot of problems can pop up. “The preservation of health is easier than the cure of disease” Yours in Spinal Health – Dr Mon Dr Monique Benjamin has always been a passionate believer in a wholistic and balanced lifestyle, nutrition and treatment philosophy. Her extensive knowledge of conventional practice combined with the benefits of alternative remedies allows her to provide her patients with accurate and effective diagnoses and treatments in order to restore optimal function. Her true passion lies in paediatrics. She has a true love for treating tiny pink feet and her gentle but assuring touch ensures excellent patient response. Your little one is in the best hands with Dr Mon, her nurturing approach and the appreciation of the purity of her young patient’s bodies, allows for an amazing response to chiropractic adjustments. For more information, advice or a consultation, feel free to give Dr Mon a visit. She can be contacted on: WhatsApp: 079 692 0531 Email: drmon@studiochiropractic.co.za Website: www.drhappybaby.co.za Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/studiochiropractic Instagram: @studio.chiropractic    

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