pregnancy and paediatrics

PREGNANCY

Pregnancy can be a challenging time for prospective parents, however, it can also be one of the most wonderful and rewarding periods in a couple’s life. Pregnancy and childbirth are completely natural processes that a women’s body is specifically designed to experience with ease.

At Light Chiropractic and Wellness we believe that during the birthing process the body knows what to do (especially when this process is allowed to progress with minimal interference). We seek to inform pregnant women about their physiology throughout pregnancy and about the birthing process and to inform them about all the choices available to them. This allows them to listen to their bodies, to feel empowered and in control and to be an active participant in the process.

Throughout pregnancy the mother’s body experiences many changes due to the innate hormonal and physical changes that occur in the body. In addition, the growth of the baby leads to the mother carrying extra weight on the front of her body. These changes cause body ligament laxity and an altered centre of gravity. This leads to extra stress on the body.

Our chiropractors are trained in The Webster Technique, which was developed by Dr. Larry Webster. It is a specific chiropractic adjustment for pregnant mothers. It works by correcting sacral misalignments. The Webster technique attempts to balance pelvic muscles and ligaments in the woman’s pelvis. It is a gentle and safe technique.

We are happy to provide information and to answer questions. Please make a time to talk to Shalom if you have any questions that you would like answered. We work closely with other health practitioners and we recommend that women seek support from care providers such as midwives, doulas, nutritionists, naturopaths and hypnotherapists.

POST NATAL CARE

After giving birth, we continue chiropractic adjustments as the mother’s body recovers, she carries a growing baby, and copes with the stress experienced in the post-natal period due to hormonal changes and interruptions to normal sleep patterns.

CHIROPRACTIC FOR CHILDREN

Childhood can be both wonderful and challenging for parents and children. From birth and until adulthood children are exposed to many minor impacts and stresses that can impact on the function of the spine and the nervous system. Shalom uses a very gentle method of chiropractic, which suits children of all ages. Our practice is a safe and fun environment for children and we love having them here. We are very passionate about pregnancy, children and about the health and wellbeing of women at this important time in their lives.

We are very happy to answer any questions that you may have on a variety of childhood health issues. We aim to inform our practice members about potential choices, so that they can make informed decisions.

RECOMMENDED READING

Well adjusted babies by Dr. Jennifer Barham-Floreani
Gentle birth, gentle mothering by Sarah J Buckley MD
Baby Moves by Marianne Hermsen-van Wanrooy
The aware baby by Aletha J Solter PhD
Raising our children, raising ourselves by Naomi Aldort

Optimising your baby’s development – Nurture Parenting Magazine

Babywearing: A chiropractic perspective – Nurture Parenting Magazine