The current rate of cesarean section in the United States is 40-50%. The World Health Organization states that this rate should not be higher than 15%. That is a huge discrepancy! Once common cause for cesarean section is improper position of the baby. This could include breech or transverse position of the baby. Many women are told that their only option to help their baby turn is a rather uncomfortable, not very successful procedure, called an external version. ?
Pregnancy can be a very wonderful time in a woman’s life. However, many times the aches and pains caused by common daily activities can make pregnancy much more difficult. Drs. Quintin and Katie Sleigh are pregnancy chiropractors who find that many pregnant women can avoid some of this by following these guidelines:
With all of the changes that occur in the body during pregnancy, pain is a common occurrence. Pregnant women often feel hopeless in alleviating this pain because common pain killers are not advised. One way to prevent or alleviate pregnancy pain is using better posture.
When a pregnant woman is told that her baby is in the breech position, she is commonly given two options: 1) schedule a cesarean section or 2) do an External Cephalic Version (ECV). What many pregnant women do not know is that there is another option: The Chiropractic Webster Technique. This article describes what the Webster Technique is and how it may help women avoid breech presentation and cesarean section.
Sleep is an essential component of growth and development for infants and kids. During the first part of life, our bodies go through tremendous changes that occur while sleeping. As a chiropractor with a special focus on pediatrics, Dr. Katie Sleigh works with many infants whose sleep is interrupted. If there is stress on the nervous system of the infant, Dr. Katie uses gentle adjustments to alleviate that stress so that baby (and family) can sleep. In addition, common conditions in infants, like colic, constipation, and reflux, can interrupt sleep. Dr. Katie Sleigh can in many cases alleviate these problems through chiropractic care.
Pregnant women go to great lengths to ensure the safe and healthy development of their babies. So when they experience back pain during pregnancy, they avoid taking medications that could harm the baby. The mom to be may even consult with her OB-Gyne who may recommend some stretching, heat or ice. But what if that doesn’t alleviate her back pain?
In part I we discussed kids wearing heavy backpacks (link to that article) and the concerns healthcare providers raise about possible long term effects of misuse of backpacks by children. In part II we discuss warning signs of improper backpack use and recommendations for proper use to avoid aches and pains and future problems.
Drs. Katie and Quintin Sleigh of Sleigh Family Chiropractic in Arlington Heights are concerned with the increasing numbers of kids experiencing back pain much earlier in their lives. One common cause of this may be overloaded, improperly worn, improperly sized backpacks. Many kids want to get the backpack that fits their current interests and style. However, Drs. Katie and Quintin warn that caving into their demands may be setting them up for back injury and pain, as well as neck pain and headaches.
Dr. Katie Sleigh, a chiropractor in Arlington Heights, IL, reports that she is often asked by parents when they should bring their child in to see a chiropractor. Infants and kids don’t commonly complain of headaches or back pain, the typical symptoms that motivate adults to see a chiropractor. Many parents do bring their kids in with hopes that chiropractic care can help ailments such as torticollis, colic, bedwetting, and constipation. BUT should a parent wait until their child has those or other symptoms to have them checked?