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Why Having a Chiropractor in your Maternity Team is Important!

Having a reliable support group during your pregnancy is hands down the most important piece of the birthing puzzle! From the OB-GYN, midwives, nurses and doulas, pediatrician, and the whole support staff, having a Webster-certified chiropractor on your maternity team is heaven-sent.

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Chiropractors who are specifically trained for maternity chiropractic care know exactly how to adjust your body in a gentle and safe way during pregnancy and the difference in the way that your body will feel is night and day!

How Prenatal Chiropractic Care Will Improve Your Pregnancy

Pregnancy brings so many changes in your life, and the most obvious is your physical attributes. Your tummy gets bigger as your peanut grows, your hips widen to prepare for birth, and your posture changes as your body tries to hold its balance. These are all normal, and from an onlooker’s perspective, it is actually a delight to see a woman carrying another human being. But for someone pregnant, there is a lot more than meets the eye. These changes affect her whole being. 

We know how excited you are and we also understand the struggle because your body is stretching to its full capacity to carry your growing baby. The heavier he or she gets, the weight on your back becomes close to being unbearable, thus the shift on your posture. It makes moving around slower and your lower back will feel the shift. You also tend to feel off-balance sometimes, but thankfully there are chiropractors, like us, who are specifically trained in prenatal chiropractic care! We use the Webster Technique, which is specifically designed for pregnant women. Our team of maternity chiropractors uses gentle adjustments that help improve your overall comfort while you’re carrying your sweet babe.

Life-changing effects of maternity chiropractic care.

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Prenatal chiropractic care coming from a team of Webster-certified maternity chiropractors will help you have a more comfortable pregnancy and prepare your body for birth!

  • Makes room for the baby.

Since the baby is growing, he or she needs room to move around inside the tummy. Each month your baby grows and changes until it reaches maturity and gets into a head down, position. It is vital for the baby to have sufficient space inside to grow, which can be addressed by a professional maternity chiropractor. Our gentle adjustments remove tension from a mother’s uterus and hips, which gives their baby more space to move!

  • Preparation for childbirth

There is no manual that really prepares you for childbirth, so the best you can do is to prepare your body for what’s to come. If you are physically ready, your brain signals the rest of your body not to worry. Because your body is aligned from prenatal chiropractic adjustments, your brain is not concerned with the physical act of birth – that is innate, momma. Your body will lean into its instincts. Instead, your head space can be filled with your affirmations and emotions while you bring life into this world. 

  • Reduced aches and pain

From the earliest stages of pregnancy up until postpartum, a woman experiences different kinds and degrees of discomfort. During the first trimester, there’s nausea caused by the changes in hormones secreted by the body. Just when she’s about to enter the second trimester, she’ll feel the shift in gravity due to the weight of the sweet baby she’s carrying. Aches and back pains will then be added to the list. Then, around the time of her labor, she’ll experience pelvic discomfort. As the pregnancy progresses, so does the list of unpleasant experiences. BUT just because these discomforts are common, does not mean you have to bear them. A Webster Certified chiropractor uses gentle and specific adjustments to keep your hips and pelvis aligned during your pregnancy, which significantly decreases the “common” discomforts.

So, will a Prenatal Chiropractor be on Your Maternity Team?

Given the benefits that your body will definitely reap by having a maternity chiropractor on your prenatal team, is it a go or a no?

When you’re ready to bring a Webster-Certified Chiropractor into your whole pregnancy-childbirth-child-rearing journey, we are here for you.

At Blossom Family Chiropractic, we are a team of Webster-certified chiropractors in St. Petersburg, Florida who are specifically trained in prenatal chiropractic care. We love supporting mothers through pregnancy and postpartum! South Florida Pediatric Chiropractor

Your SECOND brain?! What the gut?

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“That gut feeling” is a real thing! Your stomach aches from a stressful situation, or you’ve got knots in your stomach from making a decision. Do you know the feeling we are talking about? You’ve got a little nervous system in your gut, the enteric nervous system, which communicates with your brain through the autonomic nervous system. The millions of nerves that line your gut send signals to your brain that elicit emotional responses and physical responses within your body! We talk A LOT about “fight or flight” responses around here, and your gut can trigger that response. 

The problem is that when your gut can’t send the right signals to your brain, your brain stops a SUPER important thing – the ability to poop well.

 

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Your “gut brain” has a major effect on your poop probs!

Those millions of nerves that line every inch of your gut communicate directly to your brain through your vagus nerve. Imagine it like a constant conversation. The gut says, “hey, brain, it’s time to get rid of this waste that I’ve been working hard to make.” The brain should get the message via the vagus nerve and say, “cool, let’s start a bowel movement.” This sort of conversation should be everflowing between your gut and your brain. 

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But sometimes your gut and your brain lose connection

Since the vagus nerve plays a large role in the conversation between your gut and your brain, when that nerve is not functioning the way that it should, it breaks the connection. When this disconnection happens, your gut becomes inflamed. That inflammation does a few things. 

  1. An inflamed gut SLOWS or STOPS the communication from the nerves in your gut to the Vagus Nerve 
  2. An inflamed gut makes it incredibly hard to use the bathroom 
  3. Gut inflammation can also affect your mental health 

So, of course, the ultimate goal is to keep communication flowing between your gut and your brain. But how?

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To keep the conversation going between your gut and your brain, your Vagus Nerve needs to be free of interference.

This is where chiropractic care comes in! During an adjustment with a neurologically focused chiropractor, like us, we assess the function of your vagus nerve. At each and every adjustment, we work to restore the function of your nervous system so that your brain can communicate effectively with the rest of your body – especially your gut!

Chiropractic adjustments for vagus nerve

At Blossom Family Chiropractic, we take a neurological approach to chiropractic care. We know how important the vagus nerve is to your entire body and how you feel. When we assess each patient at our St. Petersburg office, we use advanced technology to measure HOW their vagus nerve is functioning

With our very specific adjusting techniques, we are able to help your vagus nerve communicate at its best capacity with your brain. Our in-depth scans show us exactly where the miscommunication is so that we can adjust at the precise place. 

If you are in St. Pete, Florida area and are having digestive issues, book an appointment with us so we can help your vagus nerve function at its best!

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3 Ways to Stimulate Your Child’s Vagus Nerve to Help Them Relax

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Your kiddo has one main component that controls their ability to feel cool, calm, and collected!  The super science term is the vagus nerve but at Blossom Family Chiropractic, we call it the “brake pedal”!

When your kiddo gets ramped up, the vagus nerve is what tells the brain, “alright buddy, it’s time to press the brakes”. That communication is what can bring your child from overwhelmed & anxious to calm & collected. 

But when the vagus nerve can’t get the message to your brain, your kiddo’s body can’t regulate itself to calm down.

What is the vagus nerve?

It wanders from the base of the skull in two directions. Upward to connect with nerves in the neck, throat, eyes, and ears. and down towards the lungs, heart, diaphragm, and stomach. It picks up signals from your body and brings them back to your brain.

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The vagus nerve controls the parasympathetic nervous system which keeps your body running with the things that we don’t think about. Things like sleep, digestion, immune function, growth and development, relaxation, and healing are all controlled by your vagus nerve. 

But most importantly, ESPECIALLY in kiddos, the vagus nerve plays a major role in the body’s ability to go from a stressed and overwhelmed state to a calm and collected state. When a child’s vagus nerve is not able to communicate with their brain, their body gets stuck in a place that we call “fight or flight” mode. 

They’re like a Ferrari stuck in overdrive and they’ve lost control of their brakes. They can’t hear you because Metallica is blaring in their head and drowning everything else out.

Stimulating the Vagus Nerve Helps You (and your kiddo!) Calm Down

When the human body detects that something dangerous is around, it goes into “fight or flight” mode. When that happens, adrenaline kicks in as you literally prepare to fight or run for your life. You will feel your heart start to the race, you might sweat and your thoughts will race. 

Once the danger is gone your body should start to calm back down. Your heartbeat should return to normal and you will have clear thoughts. That transition out of “fight or flight” is led by your vagus nerve! It tells the brain to let the body relax since the danger is gone. 

You can signal your body to relax by activating your vagus nerve. This is incredibly helpful when you are feeling overwhelmed!

Here are a few ways that you can “activate” Your Vagus Nerve:

– Deep breathing: Take slow and steady breaths. 

– Get outside: When you are in that overwhelmed space, get into nature. 

– Chiropractic care: Regular adjustments keep the pathways from the vagus nerve to the brain open so they can communicate when they need to!  

Try these with your kiddo next time they’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed. When your body realizes that it can come out of that “fight or flight” mode, the vagus nerve can return to keeping your digestion, breathing, and all of the other always occurring things in your body functioning at their best!

Chiropractic adjustments for vagus nerve

At Blossom Family Chiropractic, we take a neurological approach to chiropractic care. We know how important the vagus nerve is to your entire body and how you feel. When we assess each patient at our St. Petersburg office we use advanced technology to measure HOW their vagus nerve is functioning

With our very specific adjusting techniques, we are able to help your vagus nerve communicate at its best capacity with your brain. Our in-depth scans show us exactly where the miscommunication is so that we can adjust at the precise place. 

If you are in St. Pete, Florida area and have felt like you are stuck in “fight or flight” mode, book an appointment with us so we can help your vagus nerve function at its best!South Florida Pediatric Chiropractor

Pediatric Chiropractor for your baby & their sleep

Is your baby struggling to sleep? Chiropractic care can help!

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you are exhausted. You’ve tried everything you can imagine to get your baby to sleep. You need rest, your baby needs rest, and your entire family needs rest. But no matter what you’ve tried, no one is getting the rest that they need.

We know your story. We see parents every day who walk into our St. Petersburg office hardly able to function – sometimes with tears in their eyes – begging for answers.

Claire’s parents were in your shoes. Before they found Blossom Family Chiropractic, Claire had not slept a single night through. The entire family – including Claire – was exhausted. Claire was not getting the rest that she needed for her body to restore and develop at its best.

Since bringing Claire in for pediatric chiropractic adjustments, she is sleeping so much better!  Since she started getting adjusted,  she has slept 9 nights – 7 hours – uninterrupted. Prior to chiropractic care, there was not one night she slept through the night.South Florida Pediatric Chiropractor

How does Chiropractic care help your baby sleep better?

We are about to get into some super cool science. But we know your mind is exhausted, so we will make it short and sweet.  At the base of your baby’s skull is the root of a major nerve that wanders through their entire body. It’s called the vagus nerve. 

The vagus nerve controls the whole parasympathetic part of the nervous system. That’s responsible for sleep digestion, immune function, growth and development, and relaxation. Still, following? We’re almost done. 

We call that parasympathetic part of the nervous system our brake pedal. And what happens is when there’s irritation in that area or any kind of inflammation, or what we call subluxations in that area, it turns off our brake pedal and puts us full-on gas pedal mode and that fight or flight stress mode. So we’re going, go, go all the time.

Your baby can experience that “go, go, go” feeling just like we can. Except for their little bodies that usually look like trouble sleeping, fussiness, digestion issues, etc.

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Our gentle chiropractic adjustments remove the inflammation around the vagus nerve so that your baby’s body has the ability to find and press its “brake pedal”.  These safe and precise adjustments help your baby’s brain communicate to the rest of the body that it is time to rest and restore. When your baby feels the release of the gas pedal (that go, go, go feeling) they can settle into better sleep, their body can digest food better and everyone gets the rest that they need.

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Sleep deprivation will make you feel awful. At Blossom Family Chiropractic, we want to support your baby, and the rest of your family, so that you can all get the restorative sleep that your body needs. 

If you are in the St. Petersburg, Florida area and your infant is struggling to sleep, reach out to us to book an appointment.

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Flight or Flight Response

Kiddo feeling angry often? They might be stuck in fight or flight mode!

 

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Imagine this – you’re at a county fair with your family, enjoying the rides, cotton candy, and maybe even some animals. You turn your head for just a second to grab something from the stroller and when you look up, you don’t see your kiddo. What would your body do?

The appropriate response would be a heightened heart rate, a heightened sense of sight and hearing, and an adrenaline rush that puts you in overdrive to find your child.

What is “fight or flight” mode and how does it feel to your kiddo?

That feeling is “fight or flight” mode. It is an uncontrollable physical response where your brain tells your body “this is a threat” and your body responds in a way that will save you (or in this case, your kiddo). 

That physical response FEELS like a lot to you, as an adult. Now imagine being a child who does not yet understand those big feelings. They don’t know how to manage the adrenaline rush or why it is even happening. 

For your child, “fight” looks like – kicking, screaming, spitting, pushing, throwing, etc. while “flight” looks like – restlessness, running without concern for safety, fidgeting, etc. 

Kiddos who struggle with hyperactivity, impulsivity, and sensory challenges will not only find themselves in a “fight or flight” mode but they get STUCK in this “fight or flight”/ gas pedal mode.

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What causes your kiddo to go into “fight or flight” and stay there?

It all comes down to that beautiful brain in their head and the nervous system that stems from it. Your child’s nervous system is constantly communicating with their brain. The nerves say “Hey, you just put your hand on something warm!” and the brain says “pull your hand away!”. It all happens so quickly. The body perceives danger, reacts to it by going into “fight or flight”, then comes out of defense mode when the danger is gone. 

But when signals are misfiring, because of poor brain/body communication, your child goes into “fight or flight” in situations that it is not needed and cannot regulate themself out of that defensive mode. For our easily stimulated friends, sometimes that looks like the wrong texture of shirt touching their skin and they struggle to manage their big response to the “danger” that their brain perceived. 

The sympathetic nervous system tells the body to release adrenaline, followed by cortisol, so they have a burst of energy to remove themselves from “danger”. Imagine a car whose gas pedal is pressed to the floor. Full speed ahead.

When the body does not send the signal that the threat is gone, it remains in fight or flight mode. Your kiddo can see you trying to change their shirt and remove the “threat” but the signal isn’t reaching the brain. The cortisol keeps their body revved up and on high alert. Your child’s gas pedal is stuck down. Their brain cannot tell the body that the threat is gone and that it is okay to relax because their brain never got that signal.

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Helping your kiddo come out of “fight or flight” so their body can rest and restore

The nervous system starts at the base of your kiddos’ skull and continues down their spine, then weaves through the rest of their body. It sends the signal to the brain that the threat is gone and that it is time to stop the “defense mode”. But when there are interferences in the communication stream – we call that a subluxation in the nervous system – your kiddos brain does not get the signal to let off the gas… 

The blockages in communication are caused by “stress” that your kiddo feels. Sometimes this stress looks like an overly stimulating environment, a fall or extra hard tumble, or chemical stressors like an influx in processed food intake. These stressors are inevitable, but the thing that you can control is helping your kiddo’s nervous system get rid of the subluxation (blocking the messages) so that their brain can get the signal that it is okay to let down their defenses. 

As a nervous system-focused chiropractors, we concentrate on finding and removing the subluxations that are blocking the signals to your kiddo’s brain. We go in-depth on the tools we use to find the exact points of miscommunication here. After an adjustment at Blossom Family Chiropractic, your kiddo’s body will be able to better communicate with their brain and let it know that the defense is gone and that it is okay to rest. We would love to say that this is an immediate fix after just one adjustment, but it took time for your kiddo to get stuck in this “fight or flight” space and it will take time for their body to come out of it. 

In our St. Petersburg pediatric chiropractic office, we create customized care plans based on the results of the neurological scans we use. Each adjustment builds on the previous one to re-pattern the nervous system and take the foot off the gas pedal “fight or flight” by pumping the brakes (activating that rest and relaxation part of the nervous system). The adjustments change the way the body is able to receive and send information and restores normal nervous system function, allowing your kiddo to thrive!

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If you are in the Tampa or St. Pete area and are looking for a pediatric chiropractor, contact us to schedule an appointment to see those unique scans of your child’s nervous system function and how pediatric chiropractic adjustments can help them come out of the “fight or flight” mode and into a balanced space where they can rest.

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Irregular periods? How a Chiropractor Can Help Your Menstrual Health

Did you know that your MENSTRUAL HEALTH is directly related to your NERVOUS SYSTEM?!

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Your menstrual cycle and your hormones move together! During each phase (week) of your menstrual cycle, your hormone levels rise and fall. That shift in hormones is the root cause of the physical changes and mood fluctuations that happen during the month. As hormone levels shift, your body is working overtime to maintain a balance that will keep you feeling your best.

The delicate balancing act is controlled by your nervous system. The intricate system of nerves not only controls muscle movement and reaction, but it also is the communication pathway between your brain and involuntary body functions – like your menstrual cycle. As your nervous system picks up the signals that hormone levels are fluctuating, it tells the body to react appropriately. Your nervous system should adapt to each phase. During menstruation, your body should release the thickened uterine wall. During ovulation, your body should prepare to host sperm.

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But what happens when the signals from your body don’t make it all the way to your brain?

Sometimes your nervous system has roadblocks – that we call subluxations. These blocks in the communication pathway stop some signals from reaching your brain. Since the brain is not receiving the signal, it cannot react appropriately. Super science-y, right? Here’s a real life example. We are going to compare “Suzy” who has a lovely period week and “Jessica” who wishes she could fast-forward the dreadful week.

When Jessica enters the menstrual phase of her cycle she experiences a HUGE mood swing. She often feels out of control of her emotions and lashes out. On the day that she begins bleeding, she experiences very painful cramping and symptoms similar to IBS. Her period is full of clots and did we mention, painful?

Suzy, on the other hand, often does not even know her period is coming – she may track it on an app but she experiences no physical symptoms. She bleeds lightly and her cramping is minimal – if at all. Her period does not interfere with her life as Jessica’s does.

Why is Suzy so “lucky”? Her nervous system is able to adapt to each phase of her menstrual cycle. It receives every signal that the body sends and reacts the right way. Her body will say “hey, our period is starting soon, can you make sure your uterine wall is ready to slough off?” and the brain says “Yes! I will make it happen!”

While in Jessica’s case, there is a block somewhere in her nervous system, and when her body says “hey, our period is starting soon, can you make sure your uterine wall is ready to slough off?” the brain literally does not get the memo so it has no way to prepare her uterus to do the work. So when it’s time for Jessica’s uterine wall to slough, her hormone levels are off and it is incredibly painful.

Chiropractic Adjustments for Menstrual Health

At Blossom Family Chiropractic, our focus is your nervous system. We base all of our adjustments on the health and adaptability of your nervous system, which we are able to measure through state-of-the-art equipment.

Meaning, we can look at the scans and measurements and see when your nervous system has those roadblocks that would make your menstrual cycle abnormal.

Each adjustment helps remove those blocks – subluxations – from your nervous system, which allows the signals to flow freely to your brain. When your brain receives all the correct signals, it can respond in all the right ways!

So, if you want a cycle like Suzy, routine chiropractic adjustments will most definitely help!

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As a practice with a focus on pregnancy and children, we work with women who are ready to support their body’s ability to adapt. Once the nervous system is supported, we often see resolution of infertility struggles – which are directly related to nervous system health.

If you are in St. Petersburg, Florida or surrounding areas and you are struggling with your menstrual health, let’s see if chiropractic care is the missing link! reach out to book an appointment with us!

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What does a pediatric chiropractor do?

How can a pediatric chiropractor actually help my child’s health?

What does a pediatric chiropractor do

This loaded question is one that we hear so often. It usually takes the form of “what does a pediatric chiropractor do?” but we’ve realized that parents don’t want to know technically what we do (although we LOVE to talk about it!). Instead, you want to know how pediatric chiropractic care can positively influence your child’s life. While we could talk on this for DAYS, we are going to narrow it down to the top 4 things that pediatric chiropractors ‘do’.

Pediatric Chiropractors Deal Hope

We are hope dealers. Parents come to our office, generally as a last resort. After seeking out support from other practitioners, specialists, friends, and family, these parents have given up hope.

Imagine these situations- and you might actually be facing them:

Your kiddo is struggling to manage their big feelings and nothing seems to help. Your sweet little baby can’t get comfortable enough to sleep – which we all know makes the whole family suffer. Or you’ve been faced with a diagnosis of ADHD and your kiddo isn’t getting the support they need to navigate their racing thoughts and their need for movement.

Pediatric chiropractic care is the answer to so many of these situations. We work with your child’s innate ability to adapt. We’ll get more into that next!

Our families, who once came to us as a last resort, have their hope renewed. They see the potential that their kiddo has and their body’s amazing ability to adapt. So what do pediatric chiropractors do? We deal hope to families who need it.

Nervous System Support from a Pediatric Chiropractor

Remember that innate ability to heal that we mentioned above? This is a topic that we can totally nerd out on. Stick with us!

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There is one system in the human body that connects your brain with every single inch of the rest of your body. This system is an intricate web of nerves that weave in and out of every organ and muscle. The nerves take in signals like “wow, this stovetop is hot on my hand” and sends a message to the brain. The brain tells your arm to pull away to avoid a severe burn. These signals also come in an emotional form. When your kiddo hears disappointing news, their nervous system tells the brain to react with disappointment.

When your (your kiddo’s) nervous system is performing at its best, it receives signals and the brain reacts appropriately – by pulling their hand away from the heat or getting a bit disappointed, but then moving on.

But, when your kiddo’s nervous system has a block and can’t send signals to their brain appropriately, the reactions aren’t what you’d expect. Especially on the emotional side. A child who has blocks in their nervous system will react strongly to a situation. They may lash out and remain angry for longer than expected.

So when families ask us “what does a pediatric chiropractor do?” this is part of our answer:

Pediatric chiropractors adjust your child’s spine or cranial bones with the intention of supporting their nervous system so that they can feel and heal at their best. Using advanced technology scans we can see where the block – that we call a subluxation – is and use very specific movements or tools to remove the block. The result is a nervous system that is functioning at its prime and ready to react appropriately.

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Pediatric Chiropractors for Reactive Care

Many families also bring their children to our St. Pete office for reactive care for things like ear infections, colic, difficulty latching, headaches, growing pains, constipation, and a whole slew of other things that their poor little one is feeling.

These are all “issues” that pediatric chiropractors can help relieve. The relief from these things goes right back to how we support your child’s nervous system.

When a child’s nervous system is not functioning well, their brain can’t “hear” the signals that the nerves send. So when your kiddo hasn’t pooped in 3 days, we know it is because the brain isn’t getting the signal that it’s time to go. Or when your little one consistently gets ear infections, their brain is not hearing the signals to drain their ears appropriately.

Specific and gentle adjustments from a pediatric chiropractor will often have your kiddo feeling better within days.

Preventative Care from a Pediatric Chiropractor

Up to this point, our answer to the most common question “What does a pediatric chiropractor do?” has been completely reactive. Meaning, that we’ve talked about how adjustments can HEAL things.

But let’s dive into one incredible topic that we could never leave out of this blog. Preventative care. All of the ‘issues’ that we listed above have become accepted as “normal” in society. Your neighbor Suzy’s kid had back-to-back ear infections for a month, so it must be normal. Your mother couldn’t get a good latch when she was breastfeeding so of course it’s “normal”.

We are going to challenge that. At Blossom Family Chiropractic, we believe that what is common is not normal. Your child’s body has the innate ability to heal itself AND be in a balanced place where they might not ever have to heal. When a child is regularly adjusted by a pediatric chiropractor, their body is set up to move forward with developmental milestones, creating those beautiful brain synapses, and taking in the world around them. And their body can do this at their full potential because it is not spending their time fighting the “common” issues.

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Our St. Petersburg families who come to us as the last resort stay with us and visit us often because they see the incredible things that pediatric chiropractors ‘do’. 

If you are in the Tampa or St. Pete area and are looking for a pediatric chiropractor, contact us to schedule an appointment. We are here to support your child through every phase!

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Are Pediatric Chiropractors Safe? We’re weighing in on this hot topic!

Are pediatric chiropractors safe?

As a caregiver, your instincts tell you to keep your child safe. That is natural! So when you hear of an alternative treatment to traditional medicine, it is also natural to question if it is the right choice for your kiddo. Chiropractic care for children is a practice that is becoming wildly popular, but many parents question if pediatric chiropractors are safe. Unfortunately, there are articles published online that make drastic claims against the safety of adjustments for kiddos. Back to those instincts… if you see claims that pediatric chiropractic adjustments are not safe for your child, we know it is natural for you to shy away from that alternative treatment. 

While we cannot help you “unsee” what you’ve already seen, we’d like to take a different approach to this question or concern about the safety of pediatric chiropractic adjustments. Continue reading to see the ways that we make you feel secure that your child is safe in the hands of any of the doctors at Blossom Family Chiropractic.

We Evaluate Each Child Before Adjusting Them

Just like a mechanic would not start tearing a Ferrari engine apart without doing a diagnostic report, we will never adjust your child without an in-depth evaluation.  During your child’s first visit to Blossom Family Chiropractic, we will do a series of 3 neurological scans that give us a very clear picture of how your kiddo’s body is healing and feeling. 

The results of these three scans, Heart Rate Variability, Thermal, and Surface Electromyography, give us a data-driven report of how your child’s body is functioning and where there are areas for improvement. You can read about each scan here, and we encourage you to because it is fascinating.

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These scans drive every decision that we make for your child’s care plan. There are no blind adjustments made here. Each scan is repeated periodically so that we can see how your child’s body is adapting to the pediatric chiropractic adjustments and you can see the science behind each adjustment that we make.

We Have Extensive Training and Certification in Pediatric Chiropractic Care

While it is true that any chiropractor can adjust children safely, at Blossom Family Chiropractic, our team has received extensive additional education centered around pediatric chiropractic care. Each training brings us deeper into our understanding of your kiddo’s body and how we can help it function at its best.

Adjustments for a child are gentle, specific, and based on the neurological scans or physical symptoms that your kiddo is experiencing. Pediatric chiropractic adjustments are safe. They are nothing like the adjustments that you’d see an adult receive. In fact, we like to compare the pressure that we apply during an adjustment to how you’d feel for the ripeness of a tomato.

During a pediatric chiropractic adjustment, we use specific tools that assist us in making sure that your kiddo is getting the precise adjustment that they need!

These two tools below are of the most common that you’ll find in the office.

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The first tool, an activator, delivers quick and precise pressure to a specific area. This tool is used by neurologically focused chiropractors that are able to use scans to see the exact place of misalignment in your child’s body. When your child gets an adjustment with an activator, they’ll feel when the tip of the tool is placed on their body and they will hear an audible “click”. They do not feel the pressure because it is delivered so quickly by the tool. The purpose is to reset the nerve dysfunction exactly where it exists. This tool means that we are not pushing, twisting, or “popping” your kiddo. 

The second tool, a toggle headpiece, allows a precise and low force adjustment to the base of your child’s head. This is where your child’s vagus nerve stems from. The vagus nerve can [and will be!] a blog in and of itself. It is the cornerstone of their nervous system and maintaining its function is a top priority in our office. The toggle headpiece is especially helpful because it can be used while you are holding your little one. We call this tool the “shell phone” and our kiddos LOVE talking to St. Pete’s beaches while they get adjusted.

Chiropractic Care Supports your Child’s Innate Ability to Heal

Every child is born with an innate ability to heal themselves. Human bodies are incredibly designed to have reactions to different factors (like illness, stress, injury, etc) and these reactions dictate how the body will adapt.

Super scientific right? Let’s break it down. Let’s say that your kiddo is in child care and encounters another little one with a cold. We know how kids are… chances are pretty high that your kiddo will have direct exposure to the cold. If your child’s nervous system (remember that Vagus nerve we mentioned above?!) is functioning at its prime, your child’s body will have the appropriate immune response to fight the cold.

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It is not abnormal for new patients to ask us “are pediatric chiropractors safe?”

After all, we primarily serve pregnant women, mothers, and children here in St Petersburg. At Blossom Family Chiropractic we take every single step to make you feel comfortable and know that not only is chiropractic care safe for children, but it is also incredibly valuable to their bodies.

We know that your child is your world and you’d go to the end of the Earth to make sure that they are safe. When you have questions, and it is okay and expected that you do, call us. We are here to help you feel comfortable.

If you are in the Tampa or St. Pete area and are looking for a pediatric chiropractor, contact us to schedule an appointment to see those unique scans of your child’s body function and how pediatric chiropractic adjustments can bring their body to balance!

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What is the best time to start the Webster Technique?

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From keeping you more comfortable to decreasing labor times, and ensuring your nervous system is at its peak performance while your body has the very important job of growing the newest addition to your family, Chiropractic care gives you an edge during pregnancy. The Webster technique is one specific chiropractic method that can prepare your body and your baby for a comfortable pregnancy and birth. It’s important to understand what the Webster Technique is and what’s the best time to take advantage of the Webster Technique.

What is the Webster’s Technique?

Webster Technique is an adjusting technique designed to restore and maintain balance in the pelvis and sacrum during pregnancy. This technique focuses on improving structural balance for mamas while optimizing fetal positioning which often results in an easier birth with a reduced risk of interventions.

The primary goal of the Webster Technique is to remove spinal subluxations, which relieves pressure on the uterus so the baby has more room to move.  Gentle adjustments of the sacrum are performed to ensure proper alignment with the pelvis which relieves tension on the uterus. When there is the best alignment and the least amount of tension on the uterus, the babies are able to move around freely and settle into the optimal birthing position.

When to start Webster Technique?

As soon as you see those two pink lines, the + sign or the glaring blue “PREGNANT”! Whichever test you take, as soon as you know that you’re pregnant, it is time to start receiving adjustments using the Webster Technique. 

The earlier in your pregnancy that you start these unique adjustments, the better your body is able to adapt to the physical, emotional, and hormonal changes that it will have over the next nine months. 

But let’s not forget the benefit of these adjustments for your little peanut. Your baby’s neural tube (which becomes the brain and spinal cord) begins to develop at the 4th week after conception. We want mama’s nervous system to be balanced and adapted so that it can support the baby’s growth and development. 

It’s never too late to start getting Webster Technique adjustments during pregnancy, but it’s always best to start as early as possible. It can take multiple visits to realign the pelvis and get it into a position that is safe and effective for both you and your baby. Sometimes, it can take a longer period of time. The more time we have, the better prepared you, your body and your baby are for labor and birth.

When is it TOO LATE to start Webster Technique?

Of course, we’d love to see all birthing parents as soon as they are pregnant, but if you are a parent who is far into your pregnancy and has just learned about the Webster Technique, it’s not too late. 

You are able to receive adjustments using the Webster Technique up to birth. In fact, some women also get adjusted during birth to make sure their pelvis is aligned and their birth canal is opened. 

We often see women in their third trimester whose babies are in breech positions. While the Webster Technique cannot turn babies, it does remove stress on the uterus and align the pelvis. Those two things make space for the baby, who can then move and settle into the head-down position.

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Benefits of Webster Technique

The Webster Technique is one of many activities you can do to prepare for the birth of your child. Some of the benefits of the Webster Technique are:

  •  Better sleep and mobility
  •  Decrease in discomforts such as the back, hip, pelvic, and groin pain.
  • Restoring proper nerve function to reproductive organs
  •  Decrease in Sciatica, and heartburn
  • Optimal baby positioning
  • Reduced nausea, dizziness, and joint pain
  • Reduction in postpartum depression

The Webster Technique not only makes an expectant mother a bit more comfortable but can also help avoid numerous issues for the growing baby. Ultimately, it can provide more peace of mind and better birth.

Conclusion

The Webster technique is something that we recommend for all of our Blossom mamas. The outcomes, both for mom and baby, are incredible! When you’re ready to create the best environment for your baby through chiropractic care and give your body the ability to adapt during pregnancy, we’re here to hold your hand every step of the way.

As one of St. Petersburg’s Webster Certified chiropractors, we’re always striving to provide you and your baby with the best care and experience. If you are in the Tampa or St. Pete area and are looking for a prenatal chiropractor, contact us to schedule an appointment to see how Webster Technique can help during your pregnancy!

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How does Webster Technique work for pregnant women? Click to find out!

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Mamas-to-be, you are amazing! You are bringing life into this world. That’s no small task!  You have a lot of demands placed on your body. Some demands are hormonal stress due to the preparation for birth or physical stress due to the changes you observe in your body.

But, have you ever considered chiropractic care to put your body back into balance and to help you better function while a new beautiful life is growing inside you? There is no better time than now to take the best care of yourself! Yes – there are specific techniques that can help to make your pregnancy go smoothly!

The Webster technique is a unique adjusting technique just for pregnant women.

Here’s what you need to know about this technique, how it works, and how does it help?

Webster Technique for breech babies

The term “breech baby” refers to a baby that is not in the proper positioning to make its way through the birthing canal. If a baby is breech until the time of delivery, a vaginal birth is typically not possible and a C-section may be recommended by your OBGYN for you and your baby. 

A chiropractic adjustment using the Webster Technique can positively impact your baby’s ability to move into a head-down position. Although we cannot actually turn breech babies, with safe and effective adjustments we are able to create more space in the pelvis so the baby is able to turn into a head-down position. This will provide more comfort to the mother and decrease the likelihood of a C-section.

How does the Webster Technique work?

During pregnancy, the pelvis and sacrum are constantly shifting to make space for your growing baby. This can cause tightness in the surrounding ligaments and muscles, making life uncomfortable for you and limit movement for your baby. 

The Webster Technique focuses on relieving the tension in your ligaments, balancing the pelvis by adjusting the sacrum, and addressing any additional tight muscles that connect to the uterus or pelvis. Doing this creates a more functional environment for your baby. In the end, you’ll have a bit more room so your baby can turn with ease.

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How does the Webster Technique Help Pregnant Women?

The main goal of the Webster technique is to remove spinal misalignments and alleviate pressure on the uterus. The adjustments also help alleviate the discomforts many women feel as their body changes. By keeping your hips balanced and your posture corrected, the Webster Technique will relieve lower back pain and sciatica.

Spinal misalignments can play a significant role in the baby’s position in the womb. Removing spinal misalignments can relieve the pressure and allow the baby room to move about

Adjustments using the Webster Technique will help your body adapt to pregnancy more gracefully and easily

Conclusion 

Every mother needs a support network on this journey, and we are proud that so many moms-to-be choose us to be on their team.

The Webster technique is something that we recommend for all of our Blossom mommas. The outcomes, both for mom and baby, are incredible! When you’re ready to create the best environment for your baby through chiropractic care and give your body the ability to adapt during pregnancy, we’re here to hold your hand every step of the way.

As one of St. Petersburg’s Webster Certified chiropractors, we’re always striving to provide you and your baby with the best care and experience. If you are in the Tampa or St. Pete area and are looking for a prenatal chiropractor, contact us to schedule an appointment to see how Webster Technique can help during your pregnancy!