NUCCA, Pediatrics & Pregnancy
by NUCCA Chiropractor, Dr. Devin Luzod & Spinal Care of Nevada Las Vegas
Kids need alignment too! In fact the number one reason parents bring their children to our office, is so they don’t end up with the same problems. Dr. Devin completed the 120-hour course in Chiropractic Pediatrics and was awarded a Fellowship in the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association (www.ICPA4kids.com). It should be noted that all Chiropractors are licensed to treat infants and children, however, in certain difficult cases additional training can make the difference in your child’s health.
Infants & Chiropractic Care
Dr. Devin sees infants as young as 3-weeks, because even the normal birth process can cause damage to the spine. In a normal delivery, a doctor exerts and average of 30-40lbs of force on the neonates skull and neck. Which is equivalent to an adult lying on the floor, and being lifted up by their head! And of course if you’ve witnessed a delivery, it’s not simply a straight pull and the baby comes out. The process involves twisting and torquing of a very elastic and shapeable infant spine. And if there are any complications, the use of vacuum extraction or forceps can add to the damage.
In addition to the delivery process, when you observe a child in the weight bearing phase of life, they fall on the average of 10-15 times in a day. Add on 20, 40, 60 more years of wear and tear, and you can start to understand how as adults we become desperately in need of alignment.
Pregnant Mother’s Need Special Care
During his studies, Dr. Devin placed special emphasis on the care of the pregnant mother. Even though previous pregnancies may have been pain-free, multiparous women can experience extreme low back and leg pain at any time. In particular, as the mother heads into her third trimester, she will release a hormone known as Relaxin. This allows the ligaments of the birth canal to expand, as well as the surrounding structures to shift, which can also exacerbate the pain, and make the spine more unstable. Dr. Devin has helped numerous mothers through their pregnancy, the most common reason for return visits – “It makes the pregnacy go faster with less pain!”
Because the NUCCA Correction is classified as low-force chiropractic, Dr. Devin is able to treat with an extremely gentle pressure, and there are no contra-indications to the adjustment (except in cases of major traumatic fracture, cancer and spinal infections).