Often times, we are asked if children should be adjusted and why. Many times, the very first tonal shift takes place during the birthing process. Regardless of how natural a birth may be, there is a significant amount of force placed on the newborn’s head and neck during the process. As a result a tonal shift can occur, and if left uncorrected may develop into secondary conditions including but not limited to colic, difficulty breastfeeding, constipation, ear infections, reflux, and a weakened immune system. For this reason, we encourage new parents to have their newborn’s spine checked for the presence of tonal shift/s.
We always communicate how tonal shifts within the spine can interfere with pregnancy and birth, specifically the comfort of expectant mom, position of the baby, structure of the pelvis, and ability of nerves to regulate normal contractions.
The nervous system controls and coordinates everything in the body, including the development of the growing baby. When a tonal shift is present, the effectiveness and efficiency of the nervous system is compromised. Imagine if the nerves going to the uterus were functioning at less than 100% due to a tonal shift. Would you be ok with your baby receiving less than everything it needed? Of course not. The main goal in our office is to help restore normal function to the nervous system by reducing tonal shifts through a very gentle chiropractic adjustment.
Proper alignment of the pelvis is essential for the normal position of the baby and an easier delivery. Any tonal shifts in the lumbar spine or pelvis can create torsion of the uterus, leading to something known as in-utero constraint. This prevents the baby from moving freely, which affects the baby’s ability to position itself ideally for delivery, making labor more challenging. Our doctors are certified in Webster Technique which is a technique specifically designed to reduce in-utero constraint.
Thousands of women use chiropractic during their pregnancy to improve their health and birthing experience. Many women benefit from shorter labors, less pain, less interventions, and increased satisfaction with their birthing experience while under chiropractic care.