South Shore Chiropractic, LLC
Dr. Gary R. Mruz
Serving Upper Township, Cape May and Atlantic Counties for over 30 years
Chiropractic Care for a Safer and More Comfortable Pregnancy
There's no question that a woman's body goes through tremendous changes during the nine months of pregnancy.
The most obvious physical changes that are likely to affect the spine will begin to occur during the second trimester. As the uterus grows to accommodate the fetus, the lumbar curve of the spine will increase to account for the stomach protruding further forward.
The pelvis will also start to shift position as the normally tough pelvic ligaments soften in preparation for eventual delivery. In order to counterbalance for the abdomen protruding forward, many pregnant women end up leaning somewhat backward as they stand or walk. This can then place pressure on the pelvis, the sacroiliac joint and the ligaments, causing additional pain.
All of these changes are not isolated to the back and pelvis, but will also affect the knees, ankles and feet. All of these shifts in the normal position of the back can also affect posture, which may lead to sciatica and edema (water retention) in the ankles and knees.
The second and third trimesters can also present difficulties with finding a comfortable sleeping posture. Current best recommendations are for pregnant women to not sleep on their back or stomach, but instead to sleep on their left side.
They should be in a fetal position, with the knees tucked up and a pillow between their legs. Unfortunately, this can be difficult for those who are used to sleeping on their back or stomach, as well as due to the fact that hormonal changes with pregnancy can often cause night sweats, making it difficult to sleep.
How Chiropractic Can Help During Pregnancy
The most obvious targets for chiropractic adjustments will be the lumbar spine and the sacroiliac joint, in order to shift the vertebrae back into alignment, which will help relieve lower back pain. Adjustments to these joints may also relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve and help patients sleep more soundly at night.
Swelling and pain in the knees, ankles and feet can also be addressed with adjustments.
Adjustments for pregnant women are very gentle and she is properly supported as the adjustments are being performed. Pregnancy is a time of tremendous change for any woman, and chiropractic care can help make these changes easier by relieving pain.
Natural Treatment of Common Pediatric Conditions
Chiropractic care is an essential part of your child’s overall wellness. While it may seem that children do not need chiropractic at a young age, starting them with preventative care early on in life will set them up for a lifetime of health and well-being.
The nervous system, which consists of your brain, spinal cord and nerves, controls everything in the body, including growth and development. Subluxations, also known as misalignments, in the spine can prevent proper communication from the brain to the body. These subluxations cause stress to the nervous system, which can lead to a decrease in function of the affected area.
Infants, children and adults can all experience subluxations in the spine. Infants and children can become subluxated from birth trauma, other minor or major traumas and developmental stress. During the first five years of life, the body produces more neural pathways than at any other time. It is vital this production is optimized through children’s chiropractic care, as the first few years are crucial to each child’s potential.
Even if your child is in excellent health, minor traumas from bumps, bruises, falls and spills accumulate over time and can result in pain, discomfort and/or health issues in their teen and adult years.
After an assessment of your child’s spine, Dr. Mruz will perform a gentle adjustment using either his or a small tool. This adjustment, alongside the use of chiropractic therapies, serves to remove the subluxation.
Did You Know that Chiropractic Care can Help with the Following Common Pediatric Conditions without the Need for Medication?
Chronic Ear Infections
Scoliosis Detection and Treatment
Flat Head Syndrome
Sensory Processing Disorder