I'm excited to introduce you to the insightful world of chiropractic care through the words of Dr. Hira Khan, a dedicated practitioner at Safe Haven Chiropractic. In this interview, Dr. Khan generously shares her expertise, shedding light on the questions that often arise when considering chiropractic care for both oneself and one's children. Join me as we delve into the depths of chiropractic wellness and explore her valuable insights.
What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care can positively impact your nervous system, spine, and brain, and can provide overall health and well-being benefits. Chiropractic care helps to restore appropriate nervous system tension patterns by making specific/precise adjustments to the spinal column--24 movable bones that protect the spinal cord. These adjustments change how the spine moves which can impact the tension patterns, and thus the communication between the two divisions of the nervous system.
A better functioning nervous system is correlated with fewer symptoms and pain in the body. Getting regular adjustments from a chiropractor means that your nervous system will become better at self-regulating so that you can heal more efficiently from the stress you choose to take on in life.
Is chiropractic care safe for infants and pregnancy?
Absolutely safe. Many parents are always super surprised by how gentle and easy the adjustments are, and most babies tend to smile, laugh, or sleep through their adjustments!
To find a certified pediatric and prenatal chiropractor, go to www.icpa4kids.org and look for CACCP or DACCP after their name.
Why would a parent bring their baby to you?
Parents bring their babies to Safe Haven Chiropractic for constipation, reflux, colic, torticollis, flat head, and feeding issues. I’m certified by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics to work with kids of all ages. We have built our office to fit the needs of all ages. We have a nursing room with a changing table for brand-new little ones, as well as snacks and toys for older kids.
How soon can I bring my newborn in to receive Chiropractic care?
The sooner, the BETTER! While there is no set time frame that you can or cannot see a chiropractor, we recommend staying in and getting checked once you feel ready to leave the house. Labor and delivery can be exhausting for mom and baby. Adjustments can help with spinal range of motion, feeding issues, and overall wellness.
What benefits can pregnant clients experience?
Having a neuro-spinal system that is clear and connected creates the optimal environment for a comfortable and healthy pregnancy. Prenatal chiropractors utilize a low force and specific sacral analysis called the Webster technique. It has been noted to help with:
- shortening labor times
- provide more room for baby to grow and move freely
- improve energy levels
- facilitate a more comfortable pregnancy
- lead to fewer interventions during labor and birth
Chiropractic care can also help after the baby arrives as well as mom’s center of gravity changes again. Taking the time to recover and restore during the postpartum period is crucial for optimal healing. A woman’s pelvic biomechanics can be altered during the birth process just as it has done throughout pregnancy and is the most common reason for postpartum chiropractic care. While it is important that our structures are in proper alignment as hormones balance and soft tissue heals, chiropractic care can help the body adapt to the major changes that come with the motherhood transition.
Chiropractic care not only makes the recovery time easier but also aids in reducing discomforts caused by poor posture during breastfeeding, picking up, or holding a baby.
How many sessions will clients need?
This depends on each person’s needs, history, and health goals.
What should pregnant people look for in a prenatal chiropractor?
When building your “ideal” birth team, a prenatal chiropractor is becoming more common to add. Not all chiropractors are trained the same, so finding the “right” prenatal chiropractor for you and your family is important. There are chiropractors who specialize in and have received additional training to work with pregnant women.
A good place to start your search is to visit the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and look for a “Webster Certified” chiropractor. Webster-certified chiropractors are properly trained by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association to help serve pregnant mamas.
Along with finding a Webster Certified Chiropractor through the ICPA, finding a professional certified by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics and trained by the BIRTHFIT will ensure you have the best possible chiropractic care throughout your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum transition.
Why do babies and kids need Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic adjustments on babies are safe, gentle, and tailored to their particular situation. These adjustments are made using light finger pressure.
These gentle adjustments with specific pressure can help restore neurological function, calm tension, and support their circulatory, digestive, respiratory, and immune systems allowing healing to naturally occur in your kiddo.
If your little one is showing any of the following signs, they may benefit from visiting a certified pediatric chiropractor:
- Difficulty breastfeeding
- Arching of the back
- Noise sensitivity
- Restricted head movement
It may also be the answer that would help your infants restore healthy function in the nervous system to help relieve:
- Sleep disorders
- Feeding + latching issues
- Ear infections + earaches
- Colic + acid reflux
Please reach out to Safe Haven Chiropractic if you have any questions at all, we can help you navigate this situation for you or your baby, and find resources near you to guide you further.