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Pregnancy Chiropractic in Savage

Dr. Kristin has dedicated her career to helping families. She strongly believes this care should take place before and after birth. Dr. Kristin believes that pregnancy is very special and that is because during this time a mother has the ability to influence the health and nervous system of both her and her child. Dr. Kristin uses safe time tested techniques to care for her patients including to decrease dystocia (an abnormal or difficult childbirth or labor). She is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and has taken advanced training in pediatric and prenatal care. Dr. Kristin is an Epic Pediatric trained Chiropractor in Savage, MN.

At Clearwater Chiropractic, you’re promised a caring and supportive partnership to understand your pregnancy and to help you and your child achieve optimal health.

Chiropractic is important in every day life for good health, but is extremely important for the pregnant mother. So why is it more important for the pregnant mom? Because there are so many changes going on with a woman’s body during pregnancy.

These changes include:

  • Release of the hormone relaxin, causing muscle and ligament relaxation, allowing joints to more easily mis-align.
  • Increased weight gain
  • Increased demand and fatigue on spinal and pelvic muscles
  • Increased stress on spinal and pelvic ligaments
  • Increase in lumbar and thoracic spinal curves which further increase the above
  • Increased joint stress and thus occurrence of vertebral and sacroiliac joint misalignments
  • Change in weight distribution
  • Increased joint stress and thus occurrence of vertebral and sacroiliac joint misalignments
  • Increase in lumbar and thoracic spinal curves which further increase the above
  • Increased stress on spinal and pelvic ligaments
  • Increased demand and fatigue on spinal and pelvic muscles

The above changes primarily affect the pelvic and spinal ligaments, muscles, joints and other supportive soft tissues. These changes cause sprain/strains of pelvic and spinal structures, as well as alteration of the normal spinal curvatures and spinal biomechanics. The result is an increased stress on the body leading to pain and discomfort.

Why Chiropractic?

At first glance, most people don’t see the connection between chiropractic and pregnancy. However, there are four stages in which having an optimally working nervous system can help both mother and child.

Pre-Conception

Chiropractic care prepares the body to be as strong, supple and balanced as possible to carry the pregnancy.

Pregnancy

Regular chiropractic care during pregnancy appeals to mothers who seek a natural approach to better health. Chiropractic at this stage helps with the mother’s comfort and interuterine constraint for the baby.

Labor and Birth

Many rely on chiropractic care to help assure optimum biomechanics of the hips and spine in the hopes of reducing the need for interventions during the birth process. Research shows that chiropractic care can help reduce labor times by up to 30%.

After Birth

Even natural births and C-sections can stress a baby’s spine. 90% of babies are born with misalignments choking off life to their nervous system. Breastfeeding problems can arise if the baby has a subluxation and is unable to comfortably turn its head to one side.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Adjustments hurt my baby?

Of course not. This is a common concern among parents who mistakenly think their child will receive adjustments like the ones they receive. Not only are adjusting techniques modified for each person’s size and unique spinal problem, an infant’s spine rarely has the long-standing muscle tightness seen in adults. This makes the energy needed to adjust a child’s spine considerably less than an adult’s does. Adjustments for infants use the amount of pressure needed to check if a tomato is ripe.

WiIl adjustments make my spine too loose?

No. Only the spinal joints that are “locked up” receive adjustments. This allows weakened muscles and ligaments to stabilize and heal.

Pregnancy is natural. Why would I need Chiropractic?

Being born is a natural phenomenon. It’s what we’ve done to the birth process that has become increasingly suspect. In hospitals, birth is often treated like a disease. A newborn’s introduction to the world is often accompanied by a severe drop in temperature, loud noises and other insensitivities. The administration of drugs and anesthesia can have a profound effect on a newborn.

Will my medical doctor approve?

You don’t need anyone’s approval to seek a chiropractic opinion about health issues affecting your child. The judgment of another health care expert is always helpful in the decision-making process. Medical practitioners keeping up with the latest pediatric chiropractic research are starting to understand the value of this natural, drug-free approach to better health.

What does my spine have to do with my baby?

Pregnancy may be one of the best times to receive chiropractic care! While it’s always good to have an optimally functioning nervous system, it’s especially helpful now. Both mother and baby can benefit. Adjusting methods are adapted to a mother’s size, weight and condition. During this period of weight gain and hormonal changes, many mothers seek chiropractic care. Many report shorter and easier births.

24/7 at Home Care

Dr. Kristin realizes that her pregnant patients may need extra special care at times not between the hours of 9:00am and 6:00pm. She understands that her pregnant patients may not feel as if an adjustment is necessary during regular business hours due to the fact that during those times they are not experiencing any extreme back pain, nausea, sleeplessness, headaches, cramps, etc.

Dr. Kristin also offers in-hospital adjustments after the birth process to begin the newborn’s life optimally. No other chiropractor is offering this personal care in Scott County. Dr. Kristin is honored to be your Pediatric and Pregnancy Chiropractor in Savage, MN.
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