Pregnancy and Pediatrics
At Midtown Clinic, we care for you from the start. Back pain is widespread in pregnant women. It affects around 70 percent of expectant mothers and is caused by several factors, such as incorrect joint mechanics or muscle imbalances during pregnancy.
These imbalances can put unnecessary strain on the lower back area, leading to severe complications later down the line with such long-term conditions as sciatica.
Early treatment of such issues increases the chance of long-term alleviation from the pain such problems can cause. And the same is true for your little ones once they are born. When issues arise, gentle chiropractic treatments can improve your baby’s early quality of life and help ease them through their early years.
While everyone is familiar with the audible pop of spinal manipulative therapy on adults, they may be skittish about bringing a small child to a chiropractor. Rest assured, there is much more to chiropractors than this one manipulation, and we use only age-appropriate methods that can ease a range of childhood problems. These include:
Babies with colic will cry relentlessly and can be very difficult to settle. This is hard on the baby and the parents. Colic is caused by abdominal pain. Chiropractic care has been shown to reduce the number of hours parents report colicky babies. Gentle manipulations stimulate nerve flow to the small intestine and increase the wave-like movement of the muscles within the gut, aiding the motion of fluid and gases through the digestive tract.
Torticollis is the cause of some babies having their heads tilted down or to one side. Torticollis is caused by problems with neck muscles, often due to awkward positions within the womb or complications during labor. This problem can be evident at birth or present once the neck muscles begin to strengthen. Chiropractors will gently adjust the neck and massage the muscles to relieve the tension and allow the tilt to dissipate over several sessions, allowing the neck to grow correctly.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease / Acid Reflux
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, the common cause of acid reflux, results in babies spitting up regularly and becoming fussy after eating due to discomfort. We gently manipulate the spine and neck, using no more force than a thumb lightly pushed against the baby’s skin. By doing so, the nervous system is stimulated, which aids in developing the upper valve of the stomach, helping to stop acid reflux in babies.
Being born is a stressful experience for both mother and baby. This can lead to babies that struggle to sleep. Our doctors can stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, responsible for rest-and-digest activities that occur when the baby is at rest. This helps provide a sense of calm to allow the baby’s nervous system to calm and rest easier.
If you are looking for the best West Palm Beach pediatric chiropractor, contact Midtown Clinic. Our patients trust our doctors and team with themselves and their loved ones. Whether you are expecting or have a little one at home, we offer expert care for families.