Chiropractic in Hong Kong has become more popular. A growing number of pregnant women discover its benefits, too. In fact, this isn’t just about pregnancy health and mums’ recovery, it’s also about how newborns experience childbirth.
We sat down with Hong Kong chiropractor Dr. Kamilla Holst to talk about how chiropractic can help pregnant women and babies.
What are the benefits of chiropractic for pregnant women?
A lot of pregnant women experience lower back and pelvic pain. This can be due to a number of things including hormonal balance, different weight distribution, fatigue and poor posture as your body adapts to these changes. Chiropractic can help you avoid dysfunction in your body and make sure your body and nervous system are in alignment throughout your pregnancy.
The treatment of a mother’s, and later the baby’s, musculoskeletal system is very gentle in order to restore balance. Chiropractors use a special pregnancy pillow in order to get the weight of the lower back for a while and relaxing the belly, to ensure comfort during treatment.
Read more: Your complete guide to pregnancy in Hong Kong.
What are the benefits of chiropractic for babies?
The babies, Dr. Holst sees most often, present with symptoms such as increased crying spells, restlessness, sleeping problems, stomach ache/colic, distortion of the skull, having a favorite side to lie or breastfeed on and/or problems with breastfeeding.
Studies have shown that in the majority of cases birth trauma is unrecognized and comes as a reaction to a difficult birth, restricted uterus, breech presentation, vacuum extraction or excessive force. A cesarean can also affect a baby’s spine if pulled out aggressively, the baby’s neck can be strained. Chiropractors recommend having your baby checked if this may be the case. The spine doubles in size in the first year of living, so Dr. Holst recommends having your baby checked as soon as possible after giving birth.
Additionally, twins often have restricted room to move around, especially during the last trimester. These cramped quarters can cause strain on the baby’s spine.
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10 ways chiropractic care can help babies:
- To encourage good brain and nerve development.
- To support “first-class” nerve communication throughout the body, promoting health and wellbeing.
- To help strengthen the baby’s immunity.
- To help resolve breastfeeding issues and colic.
- To reduce the detrimental impact our modern world has on our children’s health (environmental stressors).
- Supports digestive health.
- To diminish nerve interference which may impact your child’s capacity to learn and concentrate. (Works well on ADHD/ADD).
- To promote body balance – helping to resolve asthma, allergies and bed-wetting.
- To improve sleep issues.
- To improve spinal posture.
Important: we know that the efficiency of chiropractic, especially chiropractic for babies, does not reach consensus. You can find at the end of this article the scientific references used by Dr. Kamilla Holst to back up the information mentioned.
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Dr. Kamilla Holst is a Doctor of Chiropractic from Scandinavia, who specializes in providing treatment and support to pregnant women, new mums and their newborn babies. She is a regular speaker at the Healthy Matters’ Hong Kong’s Maternity / Kids Health & Parenting event, an Instagram influencer and contributor to maternity publications and podcasts. Author of woman empowerment book ‘The Fear Bucket List’ supporting women and children in Cambodia, Vietnam and Afghanistan.
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