At Vaughan Chiropractic our goal is to offer the best, most thorough, most advanced chiropractic care available.
Chiropractic care is essential for the pregnant mother. Her systems and organs are now providing for two and their optimal function is critical for the baby’s healthy development. The mother’s spine and pelvis undergoes many changes and adaptations to compensate for the growing baby and the risk of interference to her nervous system is increased. Specific chiropractic care throughout pregnancy works with enhancing nervous system function providing greater health potential for both the mother and baby.
Another important reason for care throughout pregnancy is to help establish balance in the mother’s pelvis. Because of a lifetime of stress and trauma to her spine and pelvis, her pelvic opening may be compromised, resulting in a less than optimum passage for the baby. Williams Obstetrics Text tells us that, “Any contraction of the pelvic diameters that diminish the capacity of the pelvis can create dystocia (difficulty) during labor.” They further state that the diameter of the woman’s pelvis is decreased when the sacrum is displaced. Dr. Abraham Towbin, medical researcher on birth tells us that the bony pelvis may become “deformed” this way by trauma. Chiropractors define this displacement/deformation as spinal misalignment or subluxation primarily caused by the stress of trauma.
Additionally, these compensations to her spine and pelvis during pregnancy are likely to cause an imbalance to her pelvic muscles and ligaments. The woman’s pelvis supports her growing uterus with specific ligaments. When the pelvic bones are balanced, the uterus is able to enlarge symmetrically with the growing baby. If the bones of the pelvis are out of alignment or subluxated, this will directly affect the way the uterus will be supported. Unequal ligament support of the uterus will torque the uterus reducing the maximum amount of room for the developing baby. The term used to describe this is intrauterine constraint.
In some cases, this constraint restricts the baby’s positions during pregnancy adversely affecting his/her developing spine and cranium. Additionally, these limitations on the baby’s movement during pregnancy may prevent him/her from getting into the best possible position for birth. Any birth position other than the ideal vertex, occiput anterior position of the baby indicates the inhibiting effects of constraint. Such positions lead to longer more painful labors with increased medical interventions in birth. Often c-sections are resorted to and both the mother and baby miss the many benefits of a natural vaginal birth.
The Webster Technique, discovered by Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, is one such specific chiropractic adjustment for pregnant mothers. Working to correct sacral subluxations, this technique balances pelvic muscles and ligaments in the woman’s pelvis, removes constraint and allows the baby to get into the best possible position for birth. Dr. Webster instructed many Doctors of Chiropractic in this technique and their combined results showed a high success rate in allowing babies in the breech position to go into the normal head down or vertex position. Because of its ability to facilitate easier, safer deliveries for both the mother and baby, many birth care providers are actively seeking Doctors of Chiropractic with the skills in this technique.
Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy allows for healthier function of the mother and baby. Specific techniques tailored to pregnant mothers create balance in the mother’s pelvic bones and therefore reduce the possibility of intrauterine constraint. Offering the baby the ability to get into the best possible position for birth leads to an easier and safer delivery for both the mother and baby. Seeking chiropractic care early in pregnancy is a safe, effective way to support the natural process of birthing.
A woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture, and birth another human being. After conception, a woman and unborn child will unite in an oceanic blend of energy and identity… where one ends and the other begins no one knows.
A woman becomes a parent at the moment of conception. Every decision made from that moment on will affect her unborn child in some way. In order for her influence to have a positive affect, a woman must be prepared to make educated and informed decisions concerning the foods she will consume, the thoughts and images she will imprint on her baby’s developing brain, and the birth model she will embrace – technological, holistic, or humanistic. A female child spends her entire early life preparing for the possibility of motherhood so she can inadvertently make those decisions.
During childhood, a young girl learns to parent by example. She watches her mother and records subconsciously what she observes. Later, a teenage girl prepares her body for motherhood. Without her conscious knowledge, a teenager stores some of the nutrients she consumes to insure she has the building blocks to form a body for future children. For example, she must consume folic acid to prevent birth defects; essential fatty acids to build the central nervous system and peripheral nerves of a future embryo; and calcium for future fetal bone growth. Nature does its best to insure that a woman is prepared for parenting, but the forces of nature are not enough if she is not an active participant. Her body can not store what she does not consume. Consequently, we must educate our young girls early on about the concept of preparing their bodies for conception.
Conceiving and nurturing the unborn child are only two of the most important concepts we must teach future parents. Entrusted with the guardianship of a new life, a pregnant mother must also learn that all decisions surrounding her pregnancy, labor, and delivery should be based on knowledge and confidence rather than fear or impatience. Therefore, one of the most important concepts a parent must educate herself about is the birth model she will choose to adopt.
There are three basic philosophical models that a pregnant parent may choose from. The first and most commonly adopted is the technocratic model. In this paradigm, a parent accepts that the human body functions like a machine. Robbie Davis-Floyd in Birth As An American Rite of Passage demonstrates how this model, which is the foundation of modern obstetrics, views the female body as unpredictable and inherently defective. Consequently, it may malfunction at any time. The basic tenet of this model of birth holds that some degree of intervention is necessary in all births. Women who embrace the technocratic model enter the birthing room believing that science is there to take care of them and save them from the pain and anguish of childbirth.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is the holistic model. Within this paradigm of birth, the family is the significant social unit instead of the hospital. Under the holistic model, the human body is a living organism with its own innate wisdom, an energy field constantly responding to all other energy fields. Female physiological processes, including birth, are healthy and safe and need no medical intervention. Under this model, the mother’s mental and emotional attitudes affect her performance during birth, as do the beliefs and actions of the partner. It is almost impossible for a parent who adopts the holistic paradigm to deliver within the hospital environment because of the inherent institutional management of birth associated with the technocratic approach.
In-between these two diametrically opposed models of birth lie the humanistic model. When adopting this paradigm, a mother believes she is an individual and must be treated as such. She believes she has the right to promote shared decision-making and responsibility for all aspects of the birth process. This model views the parent holistically while remaining open to the use of technology if applied judiciously. When a pregnant parent adopts a humanistic model, she surrounds herself with loving people who are willing to assist her by walking with her, rubbing her back, helping her move in and out of the bath, holding her, encouraging her, and providing support for any decision she makes. Her birth may occur either in the home, a birthing center, or a hospital if she has a birth attendant who also adopts the humanistic model.
Before women can make decisions concerning which birth model best suits her own philosophical beliefs, she must know that she has several options. As a profession, we must educate ourselves and our patients about the two models that are most suited to our vitalistic belief system. If we all learn how to honor the inherent wisdom of women and developing newborns, we can have a positive impact on the mental, physical, and spiritual growth and development of the next generation.
By Carol Phillips D.C.
Hands of Love: Illustrated with more than 150 emotionally charged, color photographs of chiropractic families witnessing the miracle of birth, “Hands of Love,” Dr Phillips’ book can be borrowed from Vaughan Chiropractic’s lending library.
You do everything to ensure your baby’s health during pregnancy: you eat right, avoid drugs, smoking and drinking, take childbirth classes so you can have a natural, drug-free birth. After the baby is born, you breastfeed knowing that is the superior form of nutrition; you do everything you can to make sure your baby is healthy —- but have you had the most important part of their health, their spine and nervous system, checked?
Birth Trauma – The First Subluxation:“The birth process…is potentially a traumatic, crippling event…mechanical stress imposed by obstetrical manipulation. Even the application of standard orthodox procedures may prove intolerable to the fetus. The view has been expressed clinically that most signs of neonatal injury observed in the delivery room are neurological…” Towbin A., Latent spinal cord and brain stem injury in newborn infants. Develop. Med. Child Neurol., 1969.
“With the birth process becoming more and more an intervening procedure.…the chiropractic checkup becomes even more important to the child’s future.” Larry Webster, DC, of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.
Of a random group of 1,250 babies examined 5 days after birth, 211 suffered from vomiting, hyperactivity and sleeplessness and spinal abnormalities were found in 95% of this group. Spinal adjustment “frequently resulted in immediate quieting, cessation of crying, muscular relaxation and sleepiness.” The authors noted that an unhealthy spine causes “many clinical features from central motor impairment to lower resistance to infections, especially ear, nose and throat infections.”
When does a Baby need a Spinal Checkup? The following times in a baby’s first year of life when spinal examinations are especially important:
“Our children deserve to be treated naturally, not with dangerous chemical drugs and unproven surgeries” Bobby Doscher, DC, director of Oklahaven Children’s Center.
Do all you can to give your baby the best possible chance to have a healthy life. That includes childbirth without trauma, avoidance of drugs and medical procedures, and breastfeeding. You have your baby’s eyes checked, heart checked, ears checked —- why not their spine and nervous system?
Children are constantly putting stress on their spine and nerve systems. The average child by the age of 5 has 200 major falls; on the stairs, off their bicycle, out of a tree house or learning how to skate. Children spend many hours at their desks at school and carry backpacks with heavy textbooks. Many of them play sports, have additional falls, or sit in awkward positions while playing video games or using the computer. Click here to learn about some specific wellness topics for children.
As we age, uncorrected spinal misalignment can lead to a significant increase in the rate of spinal decay. Scientific research shows that rate can increase by up to 300%! Other research shows that permanent spinal damage can occur within days of a misaligned spine. As an adult, the stresses of life are even greater. The physical stress still remains – hours of driving, sitting at a desk while working, hunched over assembling parts, twisting to backup a forklift and even hobbies at home. At this time in our lives, mental and emotional stress plays a much bigger role. The stress and worry many people experience causes them to be sicker and inevitably kills them prematurely. This can come from a variety of areas – doing a job that is unfulfilling, a separation or divorce, a sick family member or constant worry about finances. Another area of spine and nerve stress is through toxic chemicals; those found in water, pesticides on our produce, processed and refined foods, excess alcohol intake and smoking are just a few on the long list.
The way we eat, move and think determines how healthy we’ll be now and for many years into the future. The new proactive health model is far superior to the old way of thinking, i.e. wait until a problem arises and then try to react to it to salvage health. At Ancaster Family Chiropractic we want to help you fulfill the vision you have for your life. We want you to be fully alive now, and for many years to come.
Howard Thurman captured vision for our lives this way:
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
More and more seniors are enjoying the remarkable benefits of chiropractic care as part of their healthy lifestyle.
An growing body of research is extolling the health benefits of chiropractic care for seniors. And this is backing up the outstanding results that patient after patient is seeing under chiropractic care.
One such study looked at a large group of seniors over the age of 65 under chiropractic care maintaining their spine healthy for 5 years or longer. When comparing these seniors to others not getting chiropractic, remarkably some major health differences appeared.
The chiropractic seniors saw their medical doctor only half as often and they took nearly 70% less drugs. Less than a third! 96% of the chiropractic patients believed their care to be either ‘considerably’ or ‘extremely’ valuable.
Another study looked at a large group of seniors over the age of 75 under chiropractic wellness care over a period of time. Comparing them to the averages for people their age, the chiropractic seniors showed some impressive advantages. 87% were much more likely to rank their health status as good to excellent.
Chiropractic patients reported fewer health problems, less illness, less arthritis symptoms, used significantly less medication. They were more likely to exercise regularly and were much more active in their communities.
It’s all about quality of life.
The seniors under chiropractic care were also less likely to be hospitalized or to end up in nursing homes.
Other studies have shown tremendous benefit to the immune system for people under chiropractic care, regardless of age.
A 200 – 400% stronger immune system is a vital key for the health of people of all ages… especially seniors.
As we get older, does it make more sense just to add the years to our life, or can we choose to add some more life to our years. Health is a choice… quality of life is a choice. At any age you get to choose. Make the choice for a healthier you.
Your health is the direct manifestation of how you choose to eat, move, and think.
In order to be well, you must eat well, move well, and think well.
Vaughan Chiropractic provides the instruction, coaching, and inspiration for WHAT to do, HOW to do it, and HOW to EMPOWER YOURSELF to do it — EASILY, GRADUALLY, and COMFORTABLY, in monthly workshops.
These workshops are a staple at Vaughan Chiropractic. Scheduled on the last Wednesday of every month. Pick and choose which workshops you would like to attend, and call to register 905−850−0909.
We are constantly trying to reach out to our community through various initiatives. You may see us at community events providing free spinal health checkups or complimentary health workshops. So many of our family members and friends are sick and suffering that we will continue to teach and educate as much as we can. Some workshop topics include: nutrition, exercise, stress management, time management, and health orientation.
How to Book a Workshop for your Company or other Group:
Complimentary workshop times are available at various times throughout the week. Program duration can vary depending on the needs of your group, but typically last 30 – 60 minutes. We can speak to your book club, church group, workplace (great for increased productivity), civic club, team, or school class. Email us your request so we can come speak to your group!
A custom orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look like insoles, but are biomechanical medical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. Custom orthotics work on your feet much like glasses work on your eyes — they reduce stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back into proper alignment. The plastic body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot by redirecting and reducing certain motion that takes place during the gait cycle.
Vaughan Chiropractic provides custom orthotics and footwear from the Orthotic Group and Varifit custom orthotic and footwear laboratories. We prescribe custom foot orthotics and custom foot orthotic shoes based on individual needs. The orthotics are for all walks of life, including children, adults, senoirs and a custom sportsflex line for athletes.