When you’re expecting, you want your body to function at its highest potential. You know that if you operate at 100%, your baby benefits exponentially. You’re also creating the opportunity for an optimal birthing experience.
As chiropractors, Dr. Quill and Dr. Ludeman love seeing expecting moms and their children, making sure that they receive the natural care they need.
Why You Need a Chiropractor When You’re Expecting
If your body is in the best possible shape, you know you can expect that labor and delivery will go more smoothly. Chiropractic is a safe choice for expecting moms who can’t take painkillers for their discomfort. As your baby grows, your body changes. You may not even notice the small compensations you’re making as your center of gravity shifts.
You want to make sure your baby has as much room as possible to develop, and you want to be comfortable during your pregnancy. We aim to make sure you enjoy all these benefits and more.
“The Dr’s at Bolingbrook Family Chiropractic really treat you like family. They are personable, funny and kind hearted. They are genuinely concerned in making you feel better. Great place to go!”
Techniques for Moms and Children
Adjustments are different for pregnant women, babies, and young children. We use modified techniques and different positions through each trimester of pregnancy. With a drop table, we accommodate your growing belly. Dr. Ludeman is certified in the Webster Technique, which can benefit you through your entire pregnancy.
She is also certified in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, which can assist babies who aren’t crawling properly or lack other motor patterns so that they can develop properly.
Commonly Seen Childhood Conditions
We welcome you to bring your baby in as soon as you’re able to after delivery. We see infants and older children with issues such as:
▷ Misshapen head
▷ Latching problems
▷ Ear infections
▷ Lack of fine motor skills
▷ Poor posture
Keeping Your Child Comfortable
We love seeing kids because we know that we can create positive change in your entire family’s life by helping your child. You can rest assured that they’ll learn to love their visits with us.
If your child is about toddler age or up, we’ll show them around, let them move the table up and down and introduce them to the Activator® adjusting instrument. If your baby is coming in as a patient, we’ll have you lie on the adjusting table with them resting comfortably on you.
Dr. Ludeman has personal experience in assisting children with special needs. Some of our pediatric patients are in this population. Their condition can result in musculoskeletal complaints. By adjusting them, we may be able to give their overall well-being a boost.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Tongue-Tie?
The lingual frenulum (or frenum), is a remnant of tissue in the mid-line between the undersurface of the tongue and the floor of the mouth. When it interferes with normal tongue function it is called “symptomatic tongue-tie” or “symptomatic ankyloglossia”. Tongue-tie can adversely affect breastfeeding.
How is a tongue-tie identified?
A tongue-tie may not be obvious at birth. If your baby has breastfeeding problems or if you have pain with latching, or damaged or bleeding nipples, you should a practitioner knowledgeable in tongue-ties. If your child has difficulties with swallowing, speech articulation, and/or tooth misalignment or dental problems, you should also seek a practitioner knowledgeable in tongue-ties.
What kinds of problems are caused by tongue-tie?
In infants (0-12 months), tongue-tie can impair their sucking and swallowing at the breast. Babies can have minor to severe difficulty coordinating their sucking, swallowing, and breathing. Symptoms can include latch difficulties, damaged or painful nipples, “colic” like behavior, constipation, compromised milk supply, poor milk transfer, low weight gain, and failure to thrive. Children (1+) who are tongue-tied may present with speech articulation problems, childhood sleep apnea, ADHD, swallowing problems and increased incidence of dental problems.
Should tongue-tie always be treated?
The negative impact of tongue-tie varies from patient to patient. For some, the impact is very minor while for others the impact is substantial. However, it is impossible to predict which babies will experience the worst problems as they grow up (I would know! I had one child released at 6 weeks and the other at 11 months!). Treatment is recommended only in symptomatic individuals. Symptomatic tongue tie can be treated at all ages after symptoms begin to appear.
Can the condition worsen after treatment?
Research demonstrates that the procedure is safe and side effects are rare. Sometimes, the tongue becomes less mobile due to scar tissue a few days to weeks after the frenectomy. Support from a tongue-tie professional such as chiropractor, IBCLC, speech pathologist, or myofunctional therapist will optimize function. Scar tissue formation may be present, which may resolve with proper wound care and post-procedure exercises given by a chiropractor, IBCLC, speech pathologist, or myofunctional therapist.