PRECONCEPTION, PRENATAL, & PEDIATRIC CHIROPRACTIC CARE
Dr. Forrest-Readdy, DC has received extensive training from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) in preconception, prenatal and pediatric chiropractic care. This specialized education goes beyond what is taught in chiropractic schools to provide the best, current, evidence based approach when caring for the unique needs of these populations. Dr. Forrest-Readdy, DC is also certified in Webster Technique through the ICPA.
CHIROPRACTIC CARE BEFORE YOU CONCEIVE: Both men and women can benefit from chiropractic care when trying to start a family. If the body is under stress, making a baby is the least of it's concerns! Help prepare for your future family by receiving care that will help balance the body, reduce stress in the system and support you in your fertility journey. Dr. Forrest-Readdy offers chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue work to increase blood flow and address scar tissue or restrictions in the fascia (which is especially helpful to support women with a history of surgery, infertility, gynecological disorders, etc.*), and nutritional support for both men and women wanting to conceive. *These services DO NOT TREAT infertility or gynecological conditions, and are not a substitute for other necessary medical interventions, however, they may support those with such conditions.
WEBSTER TECHNIQUE: This is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment designed for pregnant women. Expectant women often seek out practitioners skilled in this technique when baby is breech or transverse, but this technique offers so much more for pregnant women, regardless of baby's position. The purpose is to reduce the effects of misalignment and dysfunction in the bones and soft tissues of the pelvic region. Doing this helps create more space for baby to find their optimal position in the women's uterus, but it also brings better balance and improved function to the pregnant woman's body. This is a safe, non-invasive method, which also helps to improve her comfort throughout pregnancy in preparation for a safer, easier birth. This approach can also be used for those trying to conceive as well, because it is necessary to have optimal pelvic alignment and a properly functioning nervous system for healthy fertility.
CHIROPRACTIC CARE DURING & AFTER PREGNANCY: Chiropractic care not only helps to relieve the aches and pains of pregnancy, but it also serves to improve pelvic alignment and function, which is essential for an optimal birth. Special pregnancy pillows allow moms to lay on their stomaches during treatment, so they feel supported during and after pregnancy. Pregnant women and new moms also benefit from soft tissue treatment for relief of back and hip pain, sore necks and shoulders, and swollen feet and ankles. After birth, the body is still going through many changes, and as the relaxin hormone (which made things looser during pregnancy) dissipates in the body, it is important that proper alignment of the spine is maintained. "Nursing Neck" and pains associated with caring for a new infant are also addressed in postpartum care. The stress of being a new mom can take it's toll on the immune system too. Having a healthy nervous system helps keep your whole family healthy! Dr. Forrest-Readdy may also make specific recommendations for nutritional and supplement changes to support your needs and wellness goals.
PEDIATRIC CHIROPRACTIC CARE: It's never too soon to have a well-functioning nervous system. Starting a child in care at an early age allows for optimal growth and development, right from the start. Chiropractic care is safe for all ages, and care can begin right after birth. The contacts made when adjusting an infant use no more than the pressure you would use when putting in a contact lens or checking a ripe peach. We recommend getting your child's spine checked before any problems occur, and at milestones such as birth, sitting, crawling and walking. However, chiropractic care is also beneficial to support children with many common childhood conditions, such as:
Difficulty breastfeeding/ latching
Pre and post tongue/ lip tie revision
Flat head/ asymmetry of the skull (plagiocephaly)
Missed milestones (such as skipping cross-crawling)