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Pregnancy

Dr. Atkin DC, CACCP is certified in the Webster Technique by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association

What is the Webster Technique?

Chiropractic care during pregnancy is vital to healthy function of both the mother and baby throughout pregnancy and birth.

The Webster Technique is a specific analysis of the alignment of the mother’s sacrum and pelvis.  When misalignments are found, the sacrum and pelvis are gently realigned (aka an “adjustment”) leading to less pain for the mother and an increased likelihood for optimal positioning of the fetus.

The adjustment uses very little force and is comfortable for the mother and safe for the fetus.

Sacral subluxation may contribute to difficult labor for the mother (i.e., dystocia), caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby mal-presentation. Correction of sacral subluxation may have a positive effect on all of these causes of dystocia.

Who is the ICPA?

The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association is the chiropractic profession’s leading institution for training and research with regard to the chiropractic care of infants, children, and expecting mothers.

They provide a rigorous 200 post-graduate certification series that Dr. Atkin has completed and continues to take classes from annually.

Benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy

1. Less pain

Pregnancy can be a big pain… in the neck in the back, in the hips, you name it!

Over 75% of women report pain during pregnancy and the reasons are obvious:

1. First of all, you’re walking around with a 15-20 pound basketball tucked under your shirt which can certainly throw off your balance and posture leading to low back and hip pain.
2. Your body is pumped full of a hormone called relaxin which makes the ligaments in all your joints loose leading to aches and pains throughout your body.
3. That cute little baby loves to sit on your pubic bone which causes a lot of pain in the front right under your belly.
4. Add that to the other stresses that you’re already dealing with and you’ve got a recipe for a lot of pain and frustration.

We’ve had moms that have experienced pregnancy with and without chiropractic care and they swear they’ll never go back. They don’t know how they ever survived previous pregnancies without chiropractic care!

2. Faster labor and delivery

Chiropractic care during pregnancy in Holly Springs NC has also been shown to significantly reduce labor time. In a study by Dr Joan Fallon, it was found that first-time moms averaged a 24% shorter labor, while moms who had given birth before had a 39% reduction in the average labor time.

3. Healthy baby

A healthy pregnancy and delivery almost always means a healthy baby. Chiropractic moms report alert, happy babies that breastfeed right away and successfully transition to life outside the womb.

How does chiropractic care help during pregnancy?

The brain controls everything in the body by sending healing messages down the spinal cord and out the nerves to the rest of the body. If this communication is working properly, then the body is able to heal. However if there is interference in the communication between the brain and the rest of the body, then the body is unable to function properly. This is often caused by misalignment in the bones of the spine and pelvis.

Chiropractors gently realign the bones of the spine which reduces nerve interference and restores the communication between the brain and the rest of the body. There is a special emphasis in aligning the sacrum, hips, and pelvis as your body prepares for a healthy labor and delivery.

Is chiropractic care during pregnancy safe?

Yes!! However, you need to see a chiropractor that is experienced and trained in taking care of pregnant moms.

Dr. Atkin is ICPA certified which consists of extensive training in the chiropractic care of pregnant moms and children.

How do you adjust a pregnant mom?

Pregnant moms love our pregnancy pillow! It is a pillow that has a hole in the middle for your pregnant belly. This is about the only time a pregnant mom can ever lie on her stomach and they usually don’t want to give up. We are able to give gentle adjustments to her hip and pelvis while she lies comfortably on the pillow.

Chiropractic and herbs

Dr. Atkin has 4 children and while he has ZERO experience being pregnant, he and his wife are happy to share all the herbs and natural remedies that both they and their patients have used.

 

Here’s what one of our patients had to say about her experience with chiropractic care during pregnancy in our office.