Chiropractic for a Healthier and Happier Pregnancy
Pregnancy and Pediatric Chiropractor in St. Augustine: Dr. J. Hartley of Hartley Chiropractic and Scoliosis Center offers chiropractic care for expecting mothers. When your body goes through the various stages and trials of pregnancy and labor, your spine is subjected to extreme amounts of stress. After all, it has to constantly adjust itself to bear the growing weight of another person over a short time frame of just nine months. The center of gravity shifts forward and substantial weight gain adds stress to the spine of the expecting mother. This stress frequently causes lower back pain, headaches and migraines, nausea, insomnia, and other symptoms that can wreak havoc on your quality of life.
Over 50% of pregnant women complain of lower back pain during pregnancy, caused primarily by the weight that must be balanced by an overworked spine and support system. Furthermore, how smooth and uncomplicated your delivery is has a lot to do with the state of your body. A body that is stressed, misaligned and worn out can result in complications during delivery – resulting in anything from a painful delivery to problems with positioning the baby correctly.
A study performed by the American Medical Association Board of Trustees concluded that women who received chiropractic care during their third trimester of pregnancy were able to carry and deliver with far more comfort. Plus, the need for painkillers was also reduced by half in several patients in another well-known study.
Chiropractic for Healthy Infants, Toddlers and Teenagers
Most people do not realize that infants and children are just as much in need of chiropractic care as adults. Infants, in particular, are susceptible to a wide range of possible ailments related to slow or traumatic birth and c-sections.
Misalignments or subluxations put pressure on the delicate spinal nerves and interfere with the body’s ability to coordinate and control all phases of growth and development. Chiropractic for infants and children can help correct these potential problems through careful yet effective adjustments to remedy misalignments as they are identified.
Children particularly need pediatric chiropractic care as they age because a lot of the problems we experience as adults actually come from our childhood – either because we fell (think about how many times a day a baby falls when they are learning to walk, sometimes 10-20 times per day), broke something or simply had poor posture (which is extremely common today).
Posture problems particularly result from spending many hours in front of a computer or television, playing rough or carrying backpacks all day long at school.
It is best to deal with any potential injury, misalignment, postural problem or other ailment and condition as soon as possible when it is identified. After all, the nervous system controls and coordinates every stage of growth and development; you should want to keep your child’s nervous system as healthy as possible through regular treatment.
Chiropractic for Ear Infections
Ear pain is a leading cause for child visits to chiropractors, gentle adjustments correct mis-alignments and remove interference within the nervous system. Correcting mis-alignments also decreases inflammation and reduces muscle tension. All of these factors lead to the alleviation and often eradication of your child’s ear pain.
Chiropractic for Infant Torticollis
Torticollis or “wry neck” is a condition suffered by children where the child’s neck is twisted, stiff, painful or sore. Torticollis develops due to problems with the upper spine and or the muscles and nerves located within the neck.
Symptoms of Infant Torticollis may include a tilted head, frequent crying or discomfort, stiff or limited movement in the neck, neck pain and headaches.
Dr. J. Hartley offers nearly 20 years of experience helping infants and children escape the pain and discomfort of torticollis. Safe and proven chiropractic care is extremely effective and does not require the use of expensive and potentially harmful prescription drugs and medications.