Laura and her husband Michael have been receiving regular care at Whole Health Chiropractic for a long time (many of you might actually remember Laura from when she worked at WHC:)) so it was only natural that when they became a family of five (counting their two dogs, Apollo and Duncan, of course!), their newborn daughter Juniper joined the chiropractic party as well!
From her time at WHC, Laura was able to see firsthand the benefits of chiropractic care for patients of all ages and at all stages in life. She continued weekly adjustments throughout her pregnancy, which she says kept her feeling amazing and also helped her continue her very physical job as a personal chef. As soon as Juniper was born last December, Laura and Michael scheduled her first appointment for just a few days later.
“We wanted Juniper to be as healthy as possible...I knew that supporting her little body and helping it function, especially after the whole birthing process, was so important! I’m so glad we didn’t wait until there were any issues presenting before getting her started. She’s a very healthy, happy baby who eats, sleeps and poops great.:)”
We all know the birthing process can take a toll on moms (check out our pregnancy blog for tips on ways chiropractic can help), but it is a lot of work for babies, too. The process of vaginal birth as well as the physical maneuvering that accompanies a cesarean delivery (C-section) is a lot for a little body! Birthing in all forms can cause trauma or even slight vertebral subluxations to the spine, which can contribute to very common concerns such surrounding sleep, digestion, constipation, general immunity, coordination and a big one we hear about often...breastfeeding.
“I would tell anyone I know to take their babies in for regular chiropractic care with Dr Laura! ESPECIALLY if babies are having trouble eating/latching, pooping, sleeping or any sort of problems, I tell friends to go see Dr. Laura ASAP! If the newborn is doing well, chiropractic care will be there to address any potential issues before they become physical problems. ”
If you personally receive regular chiropractic care, or if you’re just curious about chiropractic, it’s important to know that, just as adjustments are specialized for each patient, they are also customized for newborns. Babies and kids aren’t just small adults. They have very unique needs, and Dr. Laura has the training and knowledge needed to support these needs. Infant adjustments are performed using light, gentle pressure from the fingertips...think the same amount of pressure you would use to test an avocado to see if it’s ripe.
And while the benefits of chiropractic for infants can be immediate, the effects can also be long-lasting. One long-term study showed that children who were under chiropractic care as infants tended to have fewer temper tantrums and decreased frequency of waking at night 2 to 3 years later. Um, sign us up!
“One of my favorite things I learned from Dr Laura is ‘Just because something is common doesn’t mean it’s normal’...for your or your baby. Get some help and get at the root of those problems!”
If your infant is experiencing issues, or if you are just ready to help your baby feel their best, call us at 515-277-0366 to set up a 15-minute phone consultation or appointment today!