In the beginning, two cells come together to create one cell. This cell then divides and exponentially grows until it becomes something familiar to us, a baby growing inside the warm womb of the expecting mother. There is an innate intelligence inside each of us that allows this conception to take place. This power guides these cells to become a functioning life.
At 25 days, these cells form into the brainstem and from that the brain and spinal cord form. Later, each organ system develops and bones form around this nerve system to protect the vital force that is at work. These bones are the vertebrae that make up the spinal column.
When one of these bones becomes misaligned, the nerve system inside becomes compromised. In chiropractic we call this a SUBLUXATION. Figuratively speaking, subluxation means less light but literally what is happening is less function, less communication. This is less communication between the body and the brain; less ability to adapt to changes in the environment and changes occurring in the body.
When you think about needing to have the ability to adapt to stresses on the body, physically and mentally, no other time is more important than that of pregnancy. During those 9 months that your child is forming inside of you, there are many changes happening to your body and to your mind.
You are overcome with emotions and hormones as well as changing physically to house a developing child. Stresses are put on your spine as the baby gets bigger and bigger each week and aches and pains will soon follow if you are not in proper alignment.
So what happens when you can’t adapt to these changes?
The answer, you become worn down. The symptoms of pregnancy set in. Tired, achy, low back pain, pregnancy waddle, sharp shooting pains in your abdomen and groin, insomnia, swollen feet and ankles.
These symptoms make pregnancy uncomfortable and in turn cause you to develop a negative attitude towards pregnancy and your body. This is the time many women turn to Chiropractic care to alleviate the discomfort.
What affect does this have on the developing baby?
- Uterine constraint keeps the baby from moving around and developing proper bone structure.
- Less movement equals less brain development and less ability to use his/her primitive reflexes.
- Labor becomes difficult because a misaligned pelvis keeps the baby from getting into position.
- Poor communication between the brain and the uterus keeps oxytocin from allowing for proper contractions and labor is long or stalls.
This is an all too common story for many women seeking to have a natural birth.
So what can your Chiropractor do?
As you can see, symptoms of a subluxation can arise anywhere in the body. It may not always bephysical in the sense of pain, but physical in the sense of less feedback and less self-awareness.
Subluxations in a pregnant woman keep the baby from developing an optimally functioning nerve system and in turn an optimally functioning body as a whole. Subluxations make a mother uncomfortable and unable to fully enjoy the excitement of pregnancy.
Chiropractic care aims to reduce the existence of subluxations in the spine. By working with this innate intelligence that knows exactly what needs to happen for a baby to develop, we as Chiropractors help mothers create an optimal living environment for the growing child.
Nothing is more important than ensuring that there is nothing interfering with the body’s ability to communicate with the growing baby.
Chiropractic care is safe and effective for keeping a mother comfortable and functioning at her best during these months of constant change. There are many techniques that can be utilized to ensure the mother is comfortable during the adjustment. Some of these include Webster Technique, Logan Basic Technique and Upper Cervical Toggle Recoil Technique.
Dr. Kenzie Henk is a Perinatal and Pediatric Chiropractor that focuses on ensuring proper nerve function in all of her clients. Dr. Kenzie and her husband, Dr. Josh, own and operate Transcendence Family Institute where they strive to provide quality Chiropractic Care, Nutritional Support, and Family Wellness Education to all those seeking holistic health care. Empowering families to transcendence the modern healthcare paradigm is paramount in their office.
Drs. Josh and Kenzie have a son, Maximus, whose every smile reminds them to be grateful every day for the blessing of life and the intelligence that allows us to be. Learn more here.