Updated: Aug 18, 2022
Chiropractic care for babies and expecting moms is becoming increasingly popular for many reasons.
Bonsie had the opportunity to learn more by talking to Dr. Rousseau, a chiropractor in Nashville who reaches and supports thousands of patients from her online platforms. You’ll soon see why so many parents and pregnant women are turning to chiropractic care for optimal health benefits.
Can you tell us about yourself and your qualifications?
I am Dr. Jennifer Rousseau. I am a Board Certified licensed Doctor of Chiropractic. After completing my undergraduate degree in Business Management at the University of Texas, I attended Parker College of Chiropractic where I received my doctorate in Chiropractic. I specialize in pediatrics, pregnancy, Cbp trained for scoliosis treatment, and women’s health issues – such as lupus, autoimmune diseases, weight loss counseling, neck and low back pain, and headaches just to name a few. I am ICPA trained for pediatrics and pregnancy-Which is my specialty! I have 15 years of clinic experience, I am a Palmer College associate clinic professor and run my own called Kyd Kyro in Franklin, TN
Do you recommend pregnant women see a chiropractor? Why?
100%! Getting adjusted while pregnant is a different technique than just regular adjustments. You want to find a Webster trained and certified chiropractor. (When trying to find one in your area, you can go to icpa4kids.com)
There are so many benefits to getting adjusted while pregnant. As the baby grows, the pelvis tilts anteriorly causing the muscles in the lower back to shorten and tighten, the hamstrings and gluteal muscles to stretch and weaken developing a deeper curve in the cervical and lumbar region; all of which results in more stress on the lower back and neck. Hello, back and neck pain! Pain of this kind should be the last thing on a woman’s mind while pregnant!
On top of that, a woman’s body undergoes hormonal fluctuations causing ligaments to loosen. Loose ligaments leave the joints less stable. The sacroiliac joints and pubic symphysis become the most vulnerable. Chiropractic care assures these joints remain in the proper position.
Webster is a very safe technique and adjustment that allows the baby to move into the proper position so the mother can experience a less painful and safer delivery for the baby. Reduced pain alleviates stress and anxiety. Women report the benefits of chiropractic care are easier and faster deliveries! (And who doesn't want that?!)
What are the benefits of taking a baby to the chiropractor?
There are so many great benefits to bringing in your baby to see a chiropractor. Those benefits help with:
improving latch, which then improves nursing
better sleep patterns
less digestive issues
less flat head or plagiocephaly
less reflux or colicky
At what age should parents bring their babies into the chiropractor?
I have parents that bring their baby in at all stages of life! Some as early as a few days to weeks to months. The earlier the better because then I can assess and help with any impedances that are in the way.
Can you explain how chiropractic care for babies is safe?
Many people are apprehensive to take their children to a chiropractor because they think of the “snap, crackle, pop” that most adults experience when they visit a chiropractor. However, the technique and approach that I use with children and infants is very different from that of adults. Our technique is very safe, gentle and is performed with a light touch. It is not a manual adjustment comparable to what adults receive when they visit a chiropractor. Therefore you want to find a pediatric chiropractor that is trained to do so! When trying to find one in your area, you can go to icpa4kids.com.
How often should a baby see a chiropractor?
There isn't a magic number because every baby is 100% different. Some may need more care per week than others. It also depends on what the issues are as well. Those that are colicky or reflux have a different treatment plan then a baby that has torticollis or plagiocephaly. I make treatment plans based on each child I see and what they need.
Any other tips or advice for new parents?
Being a twin boy mom, here is some advice that I wish I was told when they were born!
Enjoy the season of life you are in. Parenting is a journey, so enjoy the ride!
What do you love most about your job?
The thing I love most about my job is helping families live their optimal health and guiding parents of newborns on how to navigate those first few months of life with a newborn.
Learn more about Dr. Jennifer Rousseau and Kid Kyro here: