Yes. Dr. Giles is trained in special techniques for the treatment of pregnant women with a certification from the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association). He focuses on techniques that avoid undue stress and pressure on the mother’s belly, and his offices include tables designed specifically to accommodate the changing bodies of mothers-to-be. In addition to optimizing treatment techniques for pregnant women, Dr. Giles also provides guidance in home exercises and activities that are safe and beneficial for both the mother and the developing baby.
Pregnancy involves big changes to just about every system in the body, including the musculoskeletal system, nervous system, and endocrine system, in addition to placing extra strains and stresses on the muscles, ligaments, and organs. Many of these changes (including weight gain and a growing belly) place unusual strains on the spinal column, causing painful misalignments, “slipped” or herniated discs, and compressed nerves. When nerves are compressed, the signals between the brain and specific organs are interrupted, which interferes with many of the body’s normal functions. Keeping the spine aligned with regular chiropractic adjustments throughout pregnancy helps prevent nerve compressions and related irritation so nerve pathways are kept clear and open for “communication,” supporting optimal health not just for the mother, but for the developing baby as well. Plus, routine chiropractic adjustments have other benefits, including helping women control pregnancy-related nausea, pain relief in the back, neck, and joints, and reducing the pain and time spent in labor and delivery.
The Webster technique is a chiropractic technique that uses special techniques to assess and adjust a woman’s pelvis, reducing stress on the uterus and the ligaments that support it. Maintaining a balanced pelvis can help the developing baby assume the correct position in the uterus so the risk of a breech birth (a birth where the baby is positioned “backward” for delivery) can be reduced and labor and delivery can be less stressful on both the mother and the baby. Plus, when the pelvis is properly balanced, the uterine size is optimized, allowing for proper fetal growth and development throughout the entire course of pregnancy.
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