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Chiropractic for Kids

At Roughan Chiropractic we are very family focused and love providing high quality chiropractic care for babies and children, as well as care for the pregnant woman. Chiropractic care for children offers your family a solid foundation for wellness. Throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood, the chiropractic lifestyle offers choices and benefits for your greater health and well-being.

Pregnancy Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic is for Kids too!

Chiropractic is for Kids too!

What we cannot see are the millions of different hormonal changes and chemical reactions occurring both in the mother and the developing baby, all of which are controlled and coordinated through the nervous system. Now more than ever, during pregnancy you need a nervous system that responds immediately and accurately to changing requirements in all parts of your body, and therefore you need a healthy spine!

Chiropractic care prior to conception promotes a more regular menstrual cycle and optimal uterine function. It prepares the body to be strong, supple, and as balanced as possible to carry the pregnancy. Restoring proper nerve supply to reproductive organs has helped many couples who thought they were infertile. And adjusting women throughout pregnancy is one of the most rewarding parts of our work, because a healthier pregnancy means an easier labour and delivery, and a better transition for the baby into this life.

Chiropractic is beneficial for all stages of pregnancy

Chiropractic is beneficial for all stages of pregnancy

According to recent studies, chiropractic care may result in easier pregnancy including increased comfort during the third trimester and delivery and reduced need for analgesics (pain medication). In one study, women receiving chiropractic care through their first pregnancy had 24% reduction in labour times and subjects giving birth for the second or third time reported 39% reduction in shorter labour times.

In another study, the need for analgesics was reduced by 50% in the patients who received adjustments. In addition, 84% of women report relief of back pain during pregnancy with chiropractic care. When women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy, the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis function better. As a result, there is significantly less likelihood of back labour (contractions and sharp pain felt in the lower back during labour). Chiropractic care has helped new mothers become more comfortable breastfeeding (posture-wise) as well as to produce more milk. Chiropractic care has also been shown to reduce the likelihood of postpartum depression. (An Expectant Parent’s Guide to Chiropractic – Written by Stacey Rosenberg, Dec 2008)

As chiropractors, our greatest focus is not your aches and pains but,  more so, how well your spine and nervous system are functioning. Ideally pregnant women need all sections of the pelvis and abdomen to be free of restrictions, where joints, musculature and ligaments have even tone. The uterus and cervix need to have good alignment to make it easier for a baby to move easily into the birth canal.

Good spinal alignment and even tone of the uterus help your unborn baby to be able to move freely within the uterus — allowing for optimal growth and development. A uterus with even tone that is aligned with the cervix and has clear nerve function encourages straightforward births with potentially less need for medical intervention.

Chiropractic for Babies and Children

Doctors of Chiropractic have been providing safe and effective care of children for nearly 100 years. There are several published studies conducted by researchers in Germany, Australia, Denmark and the United States that confirm the effectiveness of chiropractic for a variety of childhood illnesses. This body of scientific evidence is growing every day. An important gauge however is to hear feedback from parents of children under chiropractic care. There is a lot of support from this part of society due to the high level of satisfaction parents have with chiropractic care for children.

Chiropractic is one of the safest forms of health care. A baby’s spine is very supple during the first few months of life and the Chiropractor applies only a slight pressure to make spinal adjustments. Chiropractic adjustments are painless and will not hurt your child. Chiropractors do not use drugs and do not perform any invasive procedures (such as surgery). These are some of the reasons why malpractice insurance rates for chiropractors are only a fraction of what physicians pay and why more than 30 million Americans choose chiropractic care for their children and themselves.

The Birthing Room Antenatal Education & Doula Birth Companion

The Birthing Room seeks to empower parents through evidence-based education about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. The Birthing Room runs fantastic BirthWorks Antenatal Classes which are great for first time parents and also subsequent births if you need healing from past emotional traumas or are looking for more information and support. Rosemary also offers Doula Birth Companion Services which is a wonderful support for the birthing mum. A Doula will work alongside your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC)  and birth team to nurture, love and encourage you as the empowered birthing woman, helping you have a more positive birth experience.

For more information visit their website or email info@thebirthingroom.co.nz

Pregnancy Yoga

Sanctuary Health & Yoga offer Pregnancy Yoga classes from their cosy Christchurch studio. Classes are small and friendly and no previous experience is required. Specialized pregnancy hatha yoga classes offer a fantastic way to help prepare for giving birth, and for what follows. It gives you time to relax and connect with your baby while dealing with the physical and mental challenges of pregnancy.

The focus of the class is on developing strength and flexibility in the legs, spine and pelvic floor, opening hips and pelvis, stretching the spine and opening shoulders to help counter the rounding that occurs as a result of the extra weight front side. Opening shoulders also creates more vital space for breathing and can help to prevent compression of nerves.

After your baby is born they also offer ‘Mum & Bubs‘ yoga classes which are great for recovering and healing from birth as well as connecting with your newborn baby.

There are also numerous workshops and events held throughout the year which are continually updated on their website.

Carrying Your Baby

Suggestions for carrying your baby – a Chiropractor’s perspective

10 reasons parents take their children to see a chiropractor:

Dr Simon Roughan with his youngest grandchild Sophia

Dr Simon Roughan with his grand-daughter Sophia

  1. To encourage good neural plasticity (brain and nerve development).
  2. To support their child’s overall health and wellbeing.
  3. To help strengthen their child’s immunity and potentially reduce the incidence of colds, ear-aches and general illness.
  4. To assist with colic and Irritable Baby Syndrome.
  5. To help with asthma, breathing difficulties and allergies.
  6. To encourage good spinal posture.
  7. To help improve their child’s ability to concentrate.
  8. To assist with behavioural disorders.
  9. To help alleviate digestive problems.
  10. To assist with bed-wetting and sleep issues

We highly recommended ‘Well Adjusted Babies’ book by Dr Jennifer Barham-Floreani.

For more information on how chiropractic can help you phone us today!

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Roughan Chiropractic | Christchurch Chiropractors

Delivering the best in chiropractic spinal health care, and integrated health and
wellness to the Christchurch and Hokitika, West Coast area since 1981.