PregnancyPregnancy is wonderful time in a woman’s life, but it can also be painful. As the baby grows and matures, a number of changes take place within the mother’s body. While these changes are necessary for the normal development of the baby, they can be uncomfortable for mom. As a woman’s body grows during pregnancy, ever increasing stress is placed upon her muscles, joints, ligaments and bones. As the baby adds weight to the mother’s abdomen, her low-back is pulled forward -- a condition called hyperlordosis -- which puts pressure on the spine and can lead to low-back pain. Increasing stress is also placed on the pelvis, which can cause pain in the pubic area, as well as the hips and legs. As it is generally not advisable to take pain medication while pregnant, many pregnant women think they just have to endure the pain. However, this is not the case.Gentle, safe chiropractic care has been proven effective in alleviating pain associated with pregnancy. We have treated hundreds of pregnant moms at our clinic with great outcome. In fact, the phrase we often hear most is, “I wish I had done this sooner.”Webster TechniqueAs a woman’s uterus expands during pregnancy, subtle twisting or torsion can occur in the ligaments that hold the uterus inside the body. This, in turn, can inhibit free movement of the developing baby and lead to less-than-optimal birthing position.“The Webster Technique is defined as a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nervous system and facilitates biomechanical balance in pelvic structures, muscles and ligaments. This has been shown to reduce the effects of intrauterine constraint, allowing the baby to get into the best possible birthing position.” -- from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Dr. Laura Pate is trained in Webster Technique, and has successfully applied it in a large number of cases. The technique is gentle, painless and completely non-invasive.
PediatricChiropractic care is just as effective for children as it is for adults. In fact, children often respond to treatment more quickly than adults because they do not have decades of “bad habits” with which to contend. We are frequently asked how old someone has to be before they can begin chiropractic care. The youngest patient our doctors have treated was a one-day-old who was treated for trauma induced during the birthing process.ADHDAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a common diagnosis among children. While most M.D.s are quick to prescribe drugs to treat the disorder, many parents have justifiable reservations about giving their child pharmaceuticals every day.Chiropractic care has been proven effective in the treatment of ADHD. It works by affecting change to a child’s sympathetic nervous system (a.k.a the fight or flight response), and thus attenuating undesirable behavior.