Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Know the Facts About EPIDURALS

When talking with other moms, it is becoming very common to hear about epidurals being used during the birth process.  Mothers are being convinced that pain during labor is unnatural and that they should turn to drugs to help them during labor and delivery, instead of LISTENING to their bodies' own natural capabilities.  During a recent poll, 64% of nurse midwives and 53% of certified nurse-midwives reported concern over the increased use of epidurals. Unfortunately, mothers are led to believe that a "natural" birth is one where she delivers the baby vaginally and remains conscious during the entire process. That is not the case! A natural birth is one where no drugs are used, only the mother's inborn intuition to listen to her body!
Know the facts about epidurals before you go into labor and outline your thoughts about drugs in your birth plan. Parents are not being told of the consequences of epidurals such as their ability to quickly cross the placenta and potentially cause toxicity in both the mother and baby.  Side effects of such toxicity include: low blood pressure, incontinence, headache, paralysis of lower limb, numbness in extremities, SLOWING OF LABOR, allergic reactions and many more. 
Birth in itself is a traumatic process for the baby but chiropractic care can help minimize structural obstacles and allow the baby to get into the best possible position for birth. By restoring proper alignment to the mother's pelvis, the baby can more easily pass through the birth canal. Mothers that utilize chiropractic care throughout pregnancy experience SHORTER labor times and DECREASED pain during labor in 84% of moms. These moms also show a decreased incidence for the use of external forces to "help" the baby.
Other important facts to consider about the use of epidurals:
  •  They cause longer labors with slower progress
  •  They may cause fevers in the mother during childbirth
  •  They increase the use of Pitocin by about 3.5 times, causing slow and irregular contractions
  •  They increase the use of antibiotics in your baby fourfold
  •  They increase the use of forceps by about 4.5 - 20 times
  •  They cause neonatal jaundice due to its alteration of red blood cells
  •  They increase the incidence of birth trauma due to the increased use of mechanical assistance
  •  They cause adverse behavioral effects on the baby
A recent study comparing 100 babies delivered either vaginally or by c-section with NO DRUGS to 100 babies delivered using epidurals and/or Pitocin. Immediately after birth, all babies were placed on their mothers' bare abdomen. Within 30 minutes, ALL babies that were delivered without the use of drugs moved up towards their mother's breast, latched on and began breastfeeding ON THEIR OWN. After the same 30 minutes, ALL babies that were born with the use of epidurals and/or Pitocin, were still resting on their mothers abdomens.
If you wouldn't inject your baby with these drugs after birth, then doesn't it make sense to not inject your baby during the birthing process when you are still sharing a blood supply?? 

Establishing a Birth Plan

Congratulations! You are now embarking on the wonderful journey of pregnancy! Throughout the process, you will be asked often what your birth plans are: When? Where? How? BE PREPARED!!! Establishing a written birth plan ahead of time will greatly simplify the birth process and will ensure that everyone will be on the same page in your ideal birth situation. The purpose of the birth plan is to provide additional clarity to your caregivers and birth supporters so that your wishes can be followed though. Below is a sample Birth Plan to guide you along the way:
1. Who are the caregivers?
2. What do you expect from your caregivers?
3. Place/Location of birth?
4. What position do you want to give birth in (squatting, lying down, birthing chair)?
5. Which tests do you want performed (ultrasound, fetal monitoring, amiocentesis)?
6. Which surgical procedures do you/or don't you want (induction, episiotomy, c-section, scraping of membranes)?
7. Which drugs, if any?
8. Which drugs do you want/or not want administered to your baby (Hep-B vaccine, antibiotic cream)?
9. If additional blood is needed, do you want it from a blood bank or do you have a donor?
10. What testing/procedures do you want or refuse for your baby (PKU, platelet count, Vit K shot, circumcision)?
11. Who will be with you at your birth?
12. Who will be with your other children, or will they be with you at the birth?
13. Do you want video-taping or pictures?
14. Specify any wishes if complications arise:
15. Do you want the baby lain on your chest immediately?
16. Do you want to wait for the cord to stop pulsating before it is cut?
17. Will you breastfeed? Do you need support?
18. Names of people you want contacted after the birth (names and phone #s)
19. Addtional comments:
Make this plan available to your birth provider and supporters prior to the birth so that confusion can be minimized and your wishes can be honored. Listen to your body and have the type of birth you want!!

VBAC: What is it? Is it available in Bozeman, Montana?

The idea of having a Vaginal Birth After a previous Cesarean (VBAC) is one that seems to be controversial among many health care providers. Some midwives will allow their clients to opt out of getting a second c-section if certain precautions are taken, whereas many medical doctors and OB/GYNs prefer for their patient to have a second cesarean.
If you have had a previous c-section and are interested in the possibility of having a VBAC, ASK QUESTIONS! Learn the facts before letting your medical provider dissuade you from having the birth you want (as long as precautions are taken, and your are at low risk).
 Here are some common guidelines to keep in mind when considering VBACs.
1. Parents have discussed all of the pros and cons regarding having a VBAC with their doctor
2. The current pregnancy does not show any indications for necessitating a cesarean
3. In the previous cesarean, a low transverse incision was used
4. The mother is admitted to the hospital EARLY during labor and is carefully monitored throughout labor and delivery
5. Facilities are set up for an immediate c-section if needed 
Other issues to keep in mind:
a. Some doctors will not allow a VBAC is the previous cesarean was due to a small pelvic cavity
b. Some doctors won't use drugs to stimulate labor is a previous c-section was performed
c. Some doctors will not use a regional anesthesia during a VBAC since it may mask symptoms of rupture issues
d. Some doctors recommend using low forceps to decrease labor time
If a cesarean is inevitable, Cesarean Support Groups recommend the following:
* Allow the mother to refuse preoperative medications
* Allow the mother to receive regional anesthesia so that she can watch the baby being born
* Use an epidural, if an anesthesiologist is present
* Perform the operation with a low transverse incision, when possible
* Let the father be with the mother in the delivery room
* Let the mother have her arms free
* Let the mother view the birth without a screen, or with a mirror
* Encourage the doctor to encourage the parents and reassure them during the surgery
* Allow the mother, and or father, hold the baby immediately after birth
* Let the parents watch during the initial pediatric exam
* Allow for an initial bonding period before rushing to weigh, measure and administer eye drops
* Let the new family be together in the recovery room for the first hour after birth
* Let the mother nurse the baby as soon as the operation is complete

Some helpful websites:
Internation Cesarean Awareness Network

Pro Chiropractic, Inc. Receives 2011 Best of Belgrade Award

Press Release
Pro Chiropractic, Inc. Receives 2011 Best of Belgrade Award
U.S. Commerce Association's Award Plaque Honors the Achievement
NEW YORK, NY, November 9, 2011 -- Pro Chiropractic, Inc. has been selected for the 2011 Best of Belgrade Award in the Chiropractors category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).
The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2011 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.
About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)
U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.
The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.
SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association
More information on ProChiropractic can be found at

We Can Help Your Tennis Elbow!

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis or epicondylosis,  is a painful condition that occurs when tendons in your elbow are overworked, usually by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. Tennis elbow can result from poor technique in executing a tennis backhand. However, many occupations also feature repetitive wrist and arm motions that can cause tennis elbow.
The pain of tennis elbow occurs primarily where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to the bony prominence on the outside of your elbow. Pain can also spread into your forearm and wrist
With a combination of Kinesiotaping, Graston soft tissue therapy, and specific elbow and wrist adjustments, Belgrade Chiropractor Dr Wilhelm uses his advanced sports medicine training to quickly resolve this painful condition for you! If you or someone you love in the Bozeman, MT area is affected by tennis elbow, schedule an appointment with us today!
Graston                                                                                    Kinesiotaping
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Understanding Premature Labor

Understanding Premature Labor
Premature labor is medically defined as the onset of labor before 37 weeks. On average, 5-10% or births are premature. Some causes of the early onset of labor are: infection, trauma, injury, premature membrane rupture, hemorrhage, placenta previa (placenta grows in the lowest part of the uterus and covers the cervix) and abrutio placenta (placenta detaches from the uterine wall prior to delivery). In some cases, death of the infant will occur due to immaturity of the circulatory and/or respiratory systems or issues with thermoregulation. 
It is important to understand the signs and symptoms of premature labor and what to do when and if the situation arises. Some signs and symptoms include:
  •  Dull, low back pain that is new, or different than previous pain
  •  Menstrual-like cramps
  •  Pressure in the pelvis
  •  Intestinal cramping, with or without diarrhea
  •  Change or increase in vaginal discharge
  •  Ruptured membranes
  •  Regular contractions that persist for an hour (either painful or painless)
If you suspect that you have gone into premature labor, 
ALWAYS alert your Birth Care Provider (OB/GYN, Midwife, etc. )
If premature labor does occur, here are a few suggestions that may help to prevent and slow the early onset of labor:
  •  Avoid dehydration! As the amount of fluid in the mother's system decreases, the concentration of Oxytocin will increase and will stimulate contractions
  •  If the membranes rupture, have the mother check for the presence of a prolapsed cord. If she can feel the cord, wrap it in a warm towel and CALL 911!
  •  Allow the body to absorb more water, to decrease the concentration of Oxytocin by submerging the mother in a bath of water up to the neck
  •  Have the mother lay down and invert her pelvis while applying gentle pressure to the cervix to reduce fetal pressure
  •  If drugs are administered, reassure the mother, try to alleviate her fears and encourage her to comfort the baby as well
False Labor
True Labor
Contractions stop
Contractions progress
Contractions are short
Contractions increase in duration
Contractions remain irregular
Contractions become regular
Walking has no effect on contractions
Walking increases the intensity of contractions
Contractions are not intense
Contractions increase with intensity
Contractions are felt in the lowest part of the uterus
Contractions are felt in the upper part of the uterus

Local Belgrade Montana Chiropractor Member of Chiropractic Sports Medicine Council

Belgrade, MT Sports Chiropractic Physician, Dr Jonathan Wilhelm, member of Elite American Chiropractic Association Sports Council (ACASC)

From the ACASC Website....
The ACA Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness is a professional and educational non-profit organization with a growing membership of active chiropractors. The ACA Sports Council attracts doctors from across the U.S. and around the world, who desire to become more directly involved with developing and promoting the treatment of athletes.

Many professional athletic and sports organizations recognize the value of chiropractic care in correcting and preventing injuries:

• The Players Association of the National Football League has made chiropractic care an integral part of its sports medicine program.

• The United States Olympic Committee and several other nations selected chiropractors as attending physicians at the Olympic Games.

• Chiropractors have also been retained at many other sporting events including the Pan Am Games, Goodwill Games, National Sports Festivals, New York and Boston Marathon and Ironman Triathalon.

The Sports Council works closely with athletic organizations, as well as allied health professionals, to promote better understanding of the value of chiropractic care in athletic training and treatment. 
For the highest level treatment of sports injury conditions in Bozeman, Belgrade, Manhattan, Big Sky, Livingston, and Three Forks, MT, contact Dr Wilhelm 

Thinking of Becoming Pregnant?

Family planning is a very exciting time, and couples may have some questions: How long with it take for me to get pregnant, when is the most fertile time, etc?
These are very common questions and we all want to get pregnant on our first try, right? Keep in mind that most couples need to "try" for several months, up to a year before becoming successful. For a woman under 30, the odds of conceiving are between 15-25% each month. When a woman reaches 40, her odds drop to 5% during a given month. Don't be discouraged!
In addition to age, an irregular menstrual cycle, the amount of time you've been trying to conceive, illnesses or medical conditions and the frequency of intimacy all affect your chances of becoming pregnant. Keep in mind that if you've been trying to conceive for over one year and are unsuccessful, talk to your doctor about testing for male and female infertility issues.

Understanding your Menstrual Cycle
Understanding your menstrual cycle may help you conceive more quickly. A menstrual cycle begins of the first day of bleeding and ends of the day before the start of the next cycle. Cycles may be irregular and range from 21 to 40 day cycles. If your cycle length varies from one month to another, you are considered to have an irregular cycle. Ovulation occurs on the 14th day before the end of your cycle. This range of 4-5 days is your most fertile time. However, due to variations in cycle, the window of most fertile days may vary.
The question now becomes: How often should we be intimate? The answer to that is really as often as you'd like! Even the best calculated fertility windows do not guarantee success. Increase your "odds" by "playing" more often. Experts even suggest being intimate at least two to three times per week.
Birth Control

There are many misconceptions that exist when a woman has been on birth control and ceases her medication. How long does it take for the effects of birth control to end? Many women have become pregnant immediately after going off their birth control medication. For others, it may take weeks, months or even years for the body to regulate itself.
If you are thinking of becoming pregnant, begin taking a prenatal vitamin that contains dosages similar to the following recommendation:
  • 400g of folic acid
  • 400 IU of vitamin D
  • 200 to 300 mg of calcium
  • 70 mg of vitamin C
  • 3 mg of thiamine
  • 2 mg of riboflavin
  • 20 mg of niacine
  • 10 mcg of vitamin B12
  • 10 mg of vitamin E
  • 15 mg of zinc
  • 17 mg of iron
The nervous system develops in the first 28 days after conception and so it is very important to have enough nutrients prior to conception and to continue taking your prenatal vitamins for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Bozeman Physician Working on Advanced Chiropractic Sports Medicine Certification

Dr. Jonathan Wilhelm Working toward Sports Physician Certification
Dr. Jonathan M. Wilhelm, DC, CCEP, CKTP, recently attended the seminar certification series, Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP).
The seminar was taught by Olympic Team Chiropractor, Dr. Ira Shapiro, and focused on emergency procedures encountered by chiropractors on the field. Dr. Wilhelm learned how to rapidly assess athletic injury situations, how to deal with airway and breathing problems, bleeding controls and shock, soft tissue and extremity injuries. He also reviewed how to manage head and spinal injuries and how to respond to heat emergencies.

The CCSP certification requires physicians to complete a 120 hour postgraduate program. Following the completion of these hours, the doctor must take and successfully pass a comprehensive written and practical examination to receive the CCSP certification.

A sports chiropractor is uniquely trained to provide care and treatment of injuries or illness resulting from sports and physical fitness activities. Doctors of Chiropractic with the Diplomate American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (DACBSP) or the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP), sport specialty certifications from the American Chiropractic board of Sports Physicians, have advanced training in the assessment, management and rehabilitation of sports related injuries. Extremity care, rehabilitation and soft tissue procedures are common skills utilized by these doctors. The specialty training covers a broad spectrum from the pediatric athlete to professional and Olympic athletes, and everything in between, using a variety of techniques and modalities.

As owner and president of Pro Chiropractic, Dr Wilhelm has more than 7 years experience as a Chiropractic Physician and specializes in treating sports injuries and auto crash injuries in the Bozeman, MT area.

Offering excellence in chiropractic care, ProChiropractic offers advanced chiropractic care, the latest physiotherapy modalities, non-surgical spinal decompression, and massage therapy at its outpatient clinic in Belgrade, MT.

To learn more about Pro Chiropractic, call  our Belgrade Chiropractic office at 406-388-9915 or visit

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Pro Chiropractic Workshop - Graston Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Treatment

Having trouble with a chronic neck or low back injury, that just won't go away?  Have you been fighting a chronic injury like tennis elbow, shin splints, patellar tendonitis, or carpal tunnel syndrome? 
If so........ Check OUT the New Posting on the Pro Chiropractic YouTube Workshop!  Dr Jonathan Wilhelm, Belgrade Chiropractic Physician demonstrates the Graston Technique.  Graston Technique is an advanced soft tissue treatment that can help you heal quickly and completely.
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Why a CHIROPRACTOR Might be Your Best Choice for Your SPORTS INJURY in Bozeman, MT

Chiropractic has made incredible in-roads into organized sports over the past few years - the ACA Sports Council's has rapidly expanded the Chiropractic Sports Network of over 3,000 events. Sports Chiropractors are Doctors of Chiropractic who have specialized training in sports injuries and physical fitness (DACBSP, CCSP, CCEP). They are experts in the examination, diagnosis and treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal structures and in the on-field management of sports injuries. Sports Chiropractors are recognized in all fifty states and in countries throughout the world.  Chiropractors have served college and profession teams from the NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, PGA Tour, and many more for decades now, improving the health and performance of athletes naturally and effectively.
Chiropractic offers a balanced approach to the treatment and the healing of sports injuries. By using the chiropractic adjustment to return spinal segments and extremities to their normal mobility and by using physiotherapy modalities like Graston therapy and Kinesiotaping to help the supportive tissues (muscles, tendons, & ligaments), chiropractic physicians help the injured areas return to normal function. Combined with the right rehabilitation and home care to help the healing process, athletes will find their way back to competition. 
Dr. Jonathan Wilhelm, Chiropractic Physician and founder of Pro Chiropractic in Belgrade, MT has received and is continuing to receive advanced training in Sports Physical Medicine.  He work locally with athletes of all skill ranges, from volunteering as the team physician for Manhattan Christian School to working with Lions Club youth athletes, to treating some of the elite athletes in the Gallatin Valley.  Dr. Wilhelm is pursuing additional training each year to improve his skill and effectiveness in athletic care.  He is currently finishing an additional Master's Degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation and working toward a Diplomate in Sports Chiropractic (DACBSP). 
We invite athletes to choose us for injury rehabilitation and performance improvement.  Call Pro Chiropractic at 406) 388-9915 and learn more about our advanced Bozeman Chiropractors on the web at

Pregnancy Due Dates/Calculators/Estimators: How Accurate are They?

Pregnancy Due Dates/Calculators/Estimators: How Accurate are They?
Upon finding out that you're pregnant, the next question is usually "How far along am I?" Luckily, there are many helpful tools that exist to help you determine your Estimated Due Date (EDD), each with its own margin of error. Here's a bit more information on both medical and non-medical "calculators" that are available to you.
It is important to note that birth usually occurs between 37 and 42 weeks. In addition, fewer than 5% of births occur exactly on the 40-week mark; 50% of births occur within one week of the EDD (between 39-41 weeks) and 80% occur within 2 week of the EDD (between 38-42 weeks). Keep in mind as you read this blog that it is much more useful and accurate to refer to a range of due dates, instead of one specific day.
(NOTE: The gestational age is calculated based on the date of conception, which is typically 14 days after a woman's last menstrual period. Using this date, birth occurs 38 weeks after conception.)
Naegele's Rule: Franz Naegele was a German Obstetrician that developed the rule for estimating the date of delivery around 1830. According to his rule, start with the first day of your last menstrual period, add 7 days and subtract 3 months. The cycle will be approximately 280 days (40 weeks) from the last menstrual period. (Naegele's rule assumes a menstrual cycle of 28 days, and so EDD will be later if cycle is longer, etc.)
Parikh's Formula: This calculation is similar to Naegele's Rule, however it accounts for the duration of individual cycles, and does not assume a 28-day cycle. It recommends adding 9 months to the first day of your last menstrual cycle, subtracting 21 days and finally, adding the duration of previous cycles (ex. 31 days).
There are many Pregnancy Calculators that exist online that will take your cycle length into account:

calendar_pregnancy_due_date Mayo Clinic Due Date Calculator

Fundal Height: The fundal height, or McDonald's Rule, is a measurement of the size of the mother's uterus. The measurement helps assess the growth and development of the fetus is measured from the top of the pubic bone to the top of the uterus. The length, in centimeters, should match the growing baby's gestational age, to an accuracy of 1-3 cm (ex. A measurement of 20 cm would be seen on a 17-23 week pregnant mother.) This measurement is most often used following the 20-week mark and is accurate within 4-6 weeks.
Fetal Heart Rate: The fetal heart rate can be measured beginning at 10-12 weeks gestation electronically. This method is accurate within 4-6 weeks. At 20 weeks, the fetal heart tones are usually heard with non-electric devices (fetoscope).                                 .fetoscope_due_date_estimator_pregnancy
Bi-Manual Exam: During the first trimester, a manual exam will be conducted and is accurate to within 1-2 weeks. By feeling for the uterus, it can be determined how far along a pregnant mother is. At 12 weeks, the uterus should be felt above the pubic bone. At 16 weeks, the uterus should be at the belly button and the patient will be able to feel fetal movement.
Ultrasound: Ultrasounds seem to be the most accurate early in the pregnancy with an error margin of 5-7 days early on. If an ultrasound is done later in the second trimester or even the third trimester, delivery date estimations may be off by up to a few weeks.
Always remember to enjoy your pregnancy and try not to worry too much about exact dates. Your body will know when it's ready!

Postural and Activity Suggestions for the Expecting Mom

At-Home Postural and Activity Suggestions for Moms
It is important for expectant mothers to use gravity in order to help the baby get into the best position for the upcoming birth. Along with Chiropractic care, here are some tips to try at home, especially in the 6 weeks leading up to the due date.
·  * Use forward leaning positions as much as possible, keeping your belly like a hammock
·  * Keep your belly lower than your spine and keep knees lower than your hips (ie on all fours!)
·      * Use a birth ball, or pregnancy rockerbirth_ball_pregnancy_expecting
·    * When sitting on the couch, or any softer chair, place a firm cushion in your lower back and under you to provide a firmer seat
·         * Watch TV or read while sitting in a dining room chair; or straddling a chair; or kneeling over an ottoman (coffee table, cushions, exercise ball)
·         * Lay on your side to sleep or rest
In addition:
·    * Spend at least 20 minutes (3x/day) on all fours doing a pelvic rock, or doing the hula
·         * Perform tasks that require you to be on all fours often, especially during the 2 weeks prior to        labor (scrubbing the floor, crawling, etc)
·      * Go for a swim, using the breast stroke (belly down)
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*             * Take warm bath
·          * Try to resolve any emotional conflicts or fear prior to delivery. Take on a calm state of           mind.
·    * Utilize your Health Care Providers!! Chiropractic, acupuncture, acupressure,                       homeopathy, massage, myofascial release, yoga, etc.
Things to AVOID in the weeks leading up to birth:
Long trips sitting in bucket seats. 
If possible, use a semi-reclining position with knees higher than 
hips to prevent breech position)
Sitting with legs crossed

Deep sqats

Nighttime Bonding with Baby

There are many opinions that exist regarding parents co-sleeping with their babies. Some worry that the child will never learn to sleep on their own, in their own bed. 
Others believe that there is no other option and that the baby must stay in close proximity to them. Regardless of your belief, nighttime is a great time for mother and baby to develop their special bond. The hormones that are secreted during breastfeeding enhance the bonding experience most effectively during the night. When a mother is breastfeeding, Oxytocin, Prolactin and Endorphins are secreted and each serve a specific purpose. Oxytocin acts to stimulate the ejection of milk while Prolactin calms and soothes the mother while she breastfeeds. Endorphins are also secreted during the process and help encourage the mother to continue breastfeeding while giving a sense of pleasure and contentment to the baby. All these hormones work together and increase the bond between mother and child. Parents who co-sleep with their babies also notice that they get more sleep during the night and awake more rested. 
If you do co-sleep with your baby, make sure you follow the safe co-sleeping guidelines below:
- Do not sleep with baby if yourself or your partner is under the influence of any substance, including alcohol and medication. Any substance that may induce a deep sleep may inhibit your awareness of your baby.
- Do not sleep with baby if yourself or your partner is a smoker.
- Make sure you are sleeping on a firm, flat surface (No waterbeds, couches and sofas).
- Make sure baby's head is uncovered and that you aren't using too many blankets, as to avoid overheating.
  - Make sure your hair is tied back (if it is long).
  - Be aware that obesity can also reduce your awareness of your baby     while in bed with you.
For more information regarding common issues with children, visit the ICPA website

Chiropractic Care for Women and Children

Chiropractic Care for 
Women and Children


Beginning at Birth, children are subjected to forces that alter their body mechanics and affect their daily lives. Since small children are unable to tell us where they hurt, they use their bodies to tell us. Common symptoms include:
· Constipation/Diarrhea
· Colic
· Altered Sleeping Patterns
· Slow Development
· Torticollis
· Ear Infections
· Frequent Vomiting
With older children, they are often not aware of malfunctions in their spine until theproblem is too far advanced. Playing sports, carrying a heavy backpack and chronic misalignment that has gone uncorrected since birth all play a role in your child's overall health. Does your child have:

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  •   Asthma?
  •      Problems Staying Focused?
  •      Chronic Colds/Infection?
  •      Allergies?

*Children generally respond to Chiropractic care more quickly than adults since their bodies are still in the process of growing, making them more adaptable to changes to the nervous system.*

doctor_rachel_rising_chiropractic_pregnancy_adjustment_treatment.jpg Pregnancy causes the body to change very quickly  and creates a shift in posture due to the developing  child. Increased forces are placed throughout the  spine creating muscle tension and bone misalignment  which lead to abnormal pressure on the nervous  system.
 Getting adjusted regularly throughout this time of  constant change helps reduce discomfort, may  quicken the delivery process and may help in  properly positioning the baby for delivery.
Schedule an appointment today 
to find out what CHIROPRACTIC can do for your FAMILY.