Mums and bubs

There’s nothing more special than a newborn baby and it’s very satisfying for practitioners to assist with pregnancy and childbirth. The team of practitioners here at Co-Habitat have a strong focus on pre and post natal care. Pregnancy yoga, pregnancy massage, midwifery, lactation consultations, birthing classes, doula services and manual therapy for women’s health are some of the services we provide.

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) is entrenched in developmental Kinesiology. Ideal movement pattens within the locomotor system are hard wired as motor control patterns within our nervous system. Specific functional exercises based on these principles can be provided to adults. For infants and children improved physiological function can be promoted via positional play and the management of their movement patterns. Active play based exercises, treatment and advice for parents helps motor skill development. Manual therapy can assist this process.

The Webster technique is a method of analysis and treatment during pregnancy that allows for balanced maternal pelvic muscles and ligaments. Sacral torsion or misalignment can cause tension in certain pelvic muscles and ligaments which  have an effect on the uterine shape and tone. Positive outcomes can be more than just relief of back pain. The Webster technique has been shown to reduce uterine tension and allow for optimal fetal positioning. It has been linked statistically with a high success in the prevention and correction of breech, transverse and posterior presentations. The technique is very gentle and is distinctly different from obstetric ‘breach turning’ technique.

Pelvic torsion can also be responsible for lack of normal reproductive function. In many cases following pelvic correction, women have fallen pregnant who previously suffered prolonged inability. Such cases have included instances of repetitious miscarriage and abnormal cycles such as amenorrhea (loss of normal menstrual cycle). Period pain may also be alleviated by re-alignment of the pelvic region. Of course there may be other reasons for issues regarding the female reproductive system. A lack of specific diagnosis following consultation with medical practitioners may be an indication that a more simple functional problem may exist.

Birth trauma and in utero pressure can cause musculoskeletal problems for the newborn. Problems in developmental kinesiology may be genetic, related to other health conditions or acquired post natal. Gentle and painless examination with functional tests, of reflexes and movement patterns in relation to developmental milestones can reveal dysfunction that may often be easily corrected. Sometimes this may involve is a very simple procedure or advice to self manage with the parents. Other times the process can be more involved. We recommend checking babies as early as possible.

Developmental milestones for infants provide a platform for future physiological function. In most cases no intervention is required. Reassessment is advised during key milestones (such as sitting, crawling and walking) or after trauma.  Plagiocephaly, colic and reflux are common conditions that can respond very well. The crying baby syndrome is another situation where conservative management can result in a great outcome. Treatment is safe and gentle. 

Nb recently there has been some conjecture and debate over Chiropractic care of children. In our clinic we focus on gentle techniques that are extremely unlikely to have any adverse affects. Manipulative therapy is very rarely used on infants or toddlers in our clinic. Manual therapy for infants including that by Chiropractors has had a very safe record over the last 120 years (See link below to literature review). In the cases where serious adverse affects occurred in a range of different therapists, the cause was mostly due to underlying pathology. The importance of recognising clinical red flags is paramount for all our patients. We recommend a collaborative approach to all our patients which means working with other practitioners including general and specialist medical practitioners to avoid misdiagnosis.

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