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Dr. Nathan Wall has dedicated his career to treating families. He strongly believes this care should take place before and after birth. Dr. Wall has often said that a pregnant women is a very special patient and that is because she has the ability to influence the health and nervous system of both her and her child. Dr. Wall uses safe time tested techniques to treat his patients including to decrease dystocia (an abnormal or difficult childbirth or labor). He is trained by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice.

As a pregnant patient of Dr. Wall's, you’re promised a passionate and supportive partnership to understand your pregnancy and to help you and your child achieve optimal health.

Chiropractic is important in every day life for good health, but is extremely important for the pregnant mom.  So why is it more important for the pregnant mom? Because there are so many changes going on with a woman’s body during pregnancy.

These changes include:

  • release of the hormone relaxin causes muscle and ligament relaxation

    • allows joints to more easily misalign

  • increased weight gain

    • increased demand and fatigue on spinal and pelvic muscles

    • increased stress on spinal and pelvic ligaments

    • increase in lumbar and thoracic spinal curves which further increase the above

    • increased joint stress and thus occurrence of vertebral and sacroiliac joint misalignments

  • change in weight distribution

    • increased demand and fatigue on spinal and pelvic muscles

    • increased stress on spinal and pelvic ligaments

    • increase in lumbar and thoracic spinal curves which further increase the above

    • increased joint stress and thus occurrence of vertebral and sacroiliac joint misalignments

The above changes primarily affect the pelvic and spinal ligaments, muscles, joints and other supportive soft tissues. These changes cause sprain/strains of pelvic and spinal structures, as well as alteration of the normal spinal curvatures and spinal biomechanics. The result is an increased stress on the body leading to pain and discomfort.

Why Chiropractic?

At first glance, most people don’t see the connection between chiropractic and pregnancy. However, there are four stages in which having an optimally working nervous system can help both mother and child.

Pre-Conception

Chiropractic care prepares the body to be as strong, supple and balanced as possible to carry the pregnancy.

Pregnancy

Regular chiropractic care during pregnancy appeals to mothers who seek a natural approach to better health.

Labor and Birth

Many rely on chiropractic care to help assure optimum biomechanics of the hips and spine in the hopes of reducing the need for interventions during the birth process.

After Birth

Even natural births can stress a baby’s spine. Breastfeeding problems can arise if the baby has a subluxation and is unable to comfortably turn its head to one side.

The modern birth process is often one of the most traumatic events that a person will endure in their life.  Unfortunately today, many health care providers choose to look at pregnancy as a “medical condition” rather than the incredibly safe and natural process that it is.  A woman’s body is designed perfectly for the birth process, and difficulties typically only arise if mom is functioning at less than 100%.

Evidence

A 1994 study by Dr. Fallon demonstrated that "chiropractic adjustments effectively reduce the average amount of time spent in labor: 
With a 25% reduction from the accepted average labor times in first time mothers who had regular chiropractic care during pregnancy.
33% reduction from the norm in woman who had previously given birth.

Dr. Per Freitag, MD, a well-known orthopedist, conducted a hospital study that incorporated chiropractic adjustments during the patients' pregnancy. The study concluded that the need for painkillers during delivery in these patients was reduced by half.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will Adjustments hurt my baby?

Of course not. This is a common concern among parents who mistakenly think their child will receive adjustments like the ones they receive. Not only are adjusting techniques modified for each person’s size and unique spinal problem, an infant’s spine rarely has the long-standing muscle tightness seen in adults. This makes the energy needed to adjust a child’s spine considerably less than an adult’s does.

WiIl adjustments make my spine to loose?

No. Only the spinal joints that are “locked up” receive adjustments. This allows weakened muscles and ligaments to stabilize and heal.

Pregnancy is natural. Why would I need Chiropractic?

Being born is a natural phenomenon. It’s what we’ve done to the birth process that has become increasingly suspect. In hospitals, birth is often treated like a disease. A newborn’s introduction to the world is often accompanied by a severe drop in temperature, loud noises and other insensitivities. The administration of drugs and anesthesia can have a profound effect on a newborn.

Will my medical doctor approve?

First, you don’t need anyone’s approval to seek a chiropractic opinion about health issues affecting your child! The judgment of another health care expert is always helpful in the decision-making process. Medical practitioners keeping up with the latest pediatric chiropractic research are starting to understand the value of this natural, drug-free approach to better health.

What does my spine have to do with my baby?

Pregnancy may be one of the best times to receive chiropractic care! While it’s always good to have an optimally functioning nervous system, it’s especially helpful now. Both mother and baby can benefit. Adjusting methods are adapted to a mother’s size, weight and condition. During this period of weight gain and hormonal changes, many mothers seek chiropractic care. Some report shorter and easier births.

Dr. Wall offers something very special to all his pregnant patients: 24 hour 7 days a week On Call at Home Care.

Dr. Wall has realized that his pregnant patients may need some extra special care at times not between the hours of 9:00am and 5:45pm. He understands that his pregnant patients may not feel as if an adjustment is necessary during regular business hours due to the fact that during those times they are not experiencing any extreme back pain, nausea, sleeplessness, headaches, cramps, etc. No other chiropractor is offering this personal care in the Kitsap County. To learn more about this service please click 24/7 On Call at Home Care.

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