Prenatal & Pediatric care

As a member of the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association), Dr. Hunter offers pregnancy care, both pre and post natal, and pediatrics. She holds certification with the ICPA for the Webster Technique.

Perinatal Care

Chiropractic care during pregnancy can not only remove aches and pains caused by your continually changing body, but can also optimize the messages your body is sending to your baby as it rapidly develops. Safe, specific adjustments to your spine and pelvic ligaments and bones can ensure your uterus is aligned, providing ample room for your baby to grow and possibly lead to an easier labor.

“Research shows that correct alignment of the pelvis and spine contributes to a more straightforward labor with less pain and trauma for mother and child, and may significantly reduce labor time.”~ Well Adjusted Babies, 2nd edition.

The Webster Technique

The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment system that gently corrects pelvic and sacral imbalances or subluxations which may contribute to pelvic misalignment, inadequate uterine nerve function, baby malposition and difficult labor.  This misalignment of the pelvis can cause torsion of the pelvic muscles and uterine ligaments leading to dystocia or difficult labor and a constraining effect to the baby, possibly affecting a proper infant position for birth. By alleviating any sacral imbalances and optimizing pelvic neuro-biomechanics in the mother, it can optimize both the health of mom and baby, leading to a more comfortable labor for both!

Webster for Breech

Webster for breech. By about 32-33 weeks, babies are expected to be head down. If a baby has not turned head down by 34-35 weeks, it can indicate there is an issue with its position. A subtle imbalance in the pelvis and associated structures can prevent the baby from having the space to get into an optimal position for birth, which is known as intrauterine constraint. This condition is directly addressed through the Webster Technique which is proven to be successful in helping breech and transverse babies move into the proper head down position. If the baby’s position is something you are seeking care for, it is never too late to receive an adjustment, however it is ideal before 37 weeks.

Many midwives and OBs note that in actual labor, women who have received regular chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy have less delay and are likely to not suffer from dystocia in the labor process. It is noticeable that they have structurally and physically prepared themselves.

Pediatric Care

A chiropractic lifestyle offers natural, noninvasive choices and ample benefits for your greater health and well-being.  Many parents seek chiropractic care for their children as they have discovered that it offers the family a solid foundation for wellness.

We know that many spinal problems seen in adults began as early as birth and possibly in the womb due to positional issues. Even the most natural birthing methods can stress an infant’s spine and developing nerve system. The resulting irritation to the nerve system caused by spinal and cranial misalignment can be the cause of many newborn health complaints.

Since significant as well as subtle spinal and cranial traumas can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked as soon after birth as possible. For babies and children, stress to the nerve system may present in a variety of ways that can change as the babies grow and develop. Some of these symptoms and stresses can appear such as irritability, an inability to latch properly and breastfeed effectively, poor sleep, developmental delays, digestive issues, behavioral problems, inability to concentrate, headaches, and even ‘growing pains’.

As your infant grows and begins to reach certain developmental ‘milestones’ such as learning to hold up their head, sitting, crawling and learning to walk, we know that all of these activities affect alignment and future development of the spine and nervous system function.

In the first two years of life, your infants spine doubles in size! Any negative interference to this vital system can  adversely affect the body’s ability to function at its best. These growth markers are essential times to have your child checked and adjusted, as this allows the opportunity for these issues to be resolved quickly, in a timely and effective way and not follow your little one into adulthood.

“Three reported improvements in chiropractic care for children are: improved immune system function, better sleep, happier dispositions.”~ EXPLORE: Journal of Science and Healing.

Similarly to adults, chiropractic care in children does not treat conditions or diseases.  Dr. Hunter’s expertise is in checking the baby or child’s spine for misalignments that impair nervous system function therefore affecting overall body function. The bones of the spine, the vertebrae, house and protect the spinal cord. The spinal cord is an extension of the brain and carries information from the brain to the body parts and back to the brain again. Subluxations or areas of unadapted tension, interfere with the nerves’ ability to transmit this vital information.

The chiropractic adjustment restores nerve system function which allows the body the ability to express a greater state of health and well-being. When indicated, chiropractic adjustments for babies and children may include the NUCCA approach or other forms of extremely gentle and non-forceful approaches.  Having your child adjusted is a wonderful way to help them thrive both physically and mentally from a very early age, as it can create an opportunity to teach them to listen to and understand their bodies as they grow, something we hope for them to carry on into adulthood.

Pediatric Chiropractic Care can help with:

  • Sleep Issues

  • Acid reflux

  • Digestive Issues

  • Torticollis

  • Limited or Asymmetrical Movement Patterns

  • Scoliosis

  • Constipation

  • Breastfeeding

  • Motor development/Gait or extremity issues

  • Joint Sprains & Muscle Strains

  • Headaches

  • Aches & Pains