Pregnancy and Paediatrics (Babies and children)
When a mother’s body adapts to accommodate the growth of her baby it can also bring with it some aches and pains. Changes that occur in pregnancy include changes to posture, weight increase and “softening” of ligaments. These can all lead to additional pressure on joints in various parts of the body including the spine or pelvis.
Chiropractic is a safe, gentle way to promote comfort and can help minimise aches such as back pain. Our chiropractors have a range of techniques that they can use to help you deal with the stresses of pregnancy and even have a special pillow that is put on the bench to accommodate your bump!
Babies and children
Chiropractic treatment is suitable for children and babies at all stages of development. As with our adult patients we will always do a thorough assessment prior to any treatment in order to determine what may help. This will include some initial questions and then some “hands on” examination. We may ask questions about their birth, sleeping or feeding habits in order to get a complete picture of their presenting complaint. We ask that you bring in the red book for babies or toddlers to help us with these questions.
As you might expect the techniques we use with babies and children are modified from the ones we use with adults and include using gentle pressure or stretches. You may find that they help to soothe and relax your little one. As with adult patients we work with a variety of other healthcare professionals, when it comes to our younger patients these may include midwives, health visitors and lactation consultants.
It is worth considering what time of day you schedule your appointment for. Morning appointments, with little ones fed and rested often makes for an easier consultation! However we appreciate how quickly things change when you are dealing with babies so don’t worry if your baby needs a feed or a change, we will work round it!
Finally just a polite reminder that to consent for examination and treatment of a child 16 and under you must have parental responsibility/be their legally appointed guardian. For example in most cases others such as grandparents, other family members or nannies will not have this and therefore cannot provide the consent we need prior to examination and treatment.