This month, Dr. Bob was joined by Dr. Casen for his monthly Facebook Live. In this recap, they discuss C-sections, which Dr. Casen shares her knowledge in regards to pediatric chiropractic. Part two includes a look at how to keep your skin happy and healthy. Join Dr. Casen and Dr. Anthony next Wednesday/Thursday at their Westlake practice for their H2H on sugar!
Teething often begins between months 4-5, but can start as early as three months. Since it can take anywhere from three hours to three weeks to see results, the symptoms can sometimes be misdiagnosed.
What are often simply teething symptoms, are being misdiagnosed as an ear infection; and the American Academy of Pediatrics has recognized that antibiotics are being overly prescribed to children.
Common Teething Symptoms:
-Runny Nose with Clear Mucus
-Disrupted Sleep Patterns
Commonly Mistaken As:
-Cold or Sinus Infection
-Cold or Flu
Remember: Children benefit from Chiropractic care; not only for wellness and pain prevention, but as a major support to their immune system. Make sure you and your children come to visit us on a regular basis!
Recently, Dr. Anthony and Dr. Casen received their Certification by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics (CACCP) in the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s (ICPA) renowned Certification Program. This means, that they are specifically trained to provide the best chiropractic care during and after a pregnancy. We have put together the following to encourage you to consider chiropractic during this time in your life:
Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy
Chiropractic care is health maintenance of the spinal column, discs, related nerves and bone geometry without drugs or surgery. It involves the art and science of adjusting misaligned joints of the body, especially of the spine, which reduces spinal nerve stress and therefore promotes health throughout the body.
Is Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy Safe?
There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant. Investing in the fertility and pregnancy wellness of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is a routine care for most chiropractors.
Some chiropractors take a specific interest in prenatal and postnatal care and seek additional training. Below represents designations of chiropractors who have taken advanced steps in working with infertility and pregnancy wellness.
DACCP - Diplomate with ICPA reflecting highest level of advanced training
CACCP - Certified with the ICPA reflecting advanced training
Member of ICPA reflecting special interest
Webster Certified - trained to work specifically with pelvic balance in pregnancy
Chiropractors that have been trained to work with pregnant women may use tables that adjust for a pregnant woman's body, and they will use techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen.
A chiropractor who is trained in the needs of women who are pregnant will also provide you with exercises and stretches that are safe to use during pregnancy.
Why Should I Have Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy?
During pregnancy, there are several physiological and endocrinological changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby.
The following changes could result in a misaligned spine or joints:
- Protruding abdomen and increased back curve
- Pelvic changes
- Postural adaptations
Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is another reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy. When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. This can affect the mother's ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth. Breech and posterior positions can interfere with the natural ease of labor and lead to interventions such as c-sections. The nervous system is the master communication system to all the body systems including the reproductive system. Keeping the spine aligned helps the entire body work more effectively.
What Are The Benefits Of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy?
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can provide benefits for women who are pregnant. Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
- Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
- Controlling symptoms of nausea
- Reducing the time of labor and delivery
- Relieving back, neck or joint pain
- Prevent a potential cesarean delivery
What About Chiropractic Care And Breech Deliveries?
The late Larry Webster, D.C., Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), developed a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment which enables chiropractors to establish balance in the pregnant woman's pelvis and reduce undue stress to her uterus and supporting ligaments. This balanced state in the pelvis has been clinically shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning. The technique is known as the Webster Technique. It is considered normal by some for a baby to present breech until the third trimester. Most birth practitioners are not concerned with breech presentations until a patient is37 weeks along. Approximately 4% of all pregnancies result in a breech presentation. The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported in the July/August 2002 issue an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when doctors of chiropractic used the Webster Technique.
Further, the results from the study suggest that it may be beneficial to perform the Webster Technique as soon as the 8th month of pregnancy when a woman has a breech presentation. Currently, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) recommends that women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy. With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be avoided altogether. Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for dystocia (difficult labor) and therefore results in easier and safer deliveries for both the mother and baby.
Chiropractors & Pregnancy: Talk To Your Health Care Provider
As more women are seeking the benefits of chiropractic care throughout pregnancy, more health care providers are seeking trained doctors of chiropractic in their communities to refer their pregnant patients to. Discuss these options with your health care provider. If they are not yet familiar with chiropractic care in pregnancy, ask them to find out more about its many benefits. Most importantly, seek options that support your body's natural abilities to function and find a team of providers who are respectful of your choices. Compiled using information from the following sources:
International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Volume 25, July/August 2002.
Do you have young children? If you do, or you will soon, Dr. Anthony & Dr. Casen are proud to announce that both of them have been granted Certification by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics (CACCP) in the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s (ICPA) renowned Certification Program.
The ICPA offers Doctors of Chiropractic an opportunity to achieve certification in family wellness chiropractic through advanced academics and clinical studies. The 200-hour curriculum provides the doctor with techniques and protocols of care for children and pregnant women. The 16 module program covers advanced levels of training and expertise additional to what is offered in chiropractic colleges.
By being certified, Drs. Anthony and Casen DeMaria are recognized for their completion of ICPA’s 14 classroom modules taught by the today’s leading authorities in family chiropractic and two in-office Practice-Based Research Network projects, which substantiate both practical and evidence informed clinical competencies.
Our chiropractic and wellness practice in Westlake and Elyria is for the whole family. Both Dr. Anthony and Dr. Casen are qualified and registered to help in pediatric chiropractic and our testimonial this week comes for Jess, who entrusts us with all of her children's health:
"I could not be more happy with my experience at The Drugless Doctors. Our whole family attends and I love that they are all very patient with our kids. I started seeing Dr. Casen toward the beginning of my pregnancy. This is my fifth pregnancy and I feel amazing! I am sleeping better than before and have way more energy than any of my other pregnancies. There are so many things I appreciate about these great doctors. They care about whole body health and want to educate you as much as possible on how to feel your best. Every time you come in they make you feel so good and every doctor greets you by name. It is really hard to find this quality of people in the medical industry and you always feel great after your visit. If you haven't guessed yet I highly recommend The Drugless Doctors!"
If you are considering becoming pregnant, already pregnant, or just gave birth, please consider chiropractic, we would love to help you!
If you are a parent or a grandparent, we want to give our children/grandchildren the best opportunities when it comes to education and most importantly, their health. At our practice, Dr. Anthony and Dr. Casen have certification from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association which qualifies them to provide excellent chiropractic care to expecting mothers, newborns, and other stages in early life development. In this new episode of "The Drugless Doctor." Dr. Anthony and Dr. Casen demonstrate how they are able to help. For more information or to come visit us at our practice in Westlake, OH, please go here.
Are you a parent or a grandparent of a child who consistently wets their bed at night? We have been able to successfully help young practice members with corrective spinal care as Dr. Casen explains in this video. Both Dr. Casen and Dr. Anthony have specializations in pediatric chiropractic and we would love to help your children, contact us today!