Erin Folkerts, DC, has been a chiropractor for three years and currently works at Minnesota Women’s Care: OBGYN and Urogynecology — Pelvic Speciality Care Center providing chiropractic services to women — especially those who are pregnant, recently had their babies, and women experiencing pelvic pain. In addition to chiropractic care, she also is a Urostym provider — a therapy that helps improve symptoms of pelvic pain and incontinence at any stage in a woman’s life.
Below Folkerts shares a few ways chiropractic care helps women and babies.
dabble | How does consistent chiropractic care through a woman's life help her be her healthiest self?
Erin Folkerts, DC | Consistent chiropractic care can help a woman express her healthiest self by removing interference from her nervous system through the chiropractic adjustment. After an adjustment a woman's body is able to tolerate the physical, mental, emotional, and environmental stressors of life with greater ease.
dabble | How does consistent chiropractic care through pregnancy help?
EF | Chiropractic care in pregnancy balances muscles and joints in the hips and pelvis creating a positive environment for the uterus within the pelvis, giving the growing baby the best chance for optimal fetal positioning. Many women tolerate pregnancy with less discomfort.
dabble | In what ways can chiropractic care help through labor and postpartum?
EF | Chiropractic care can help a laboring woman by reducing fixation of the sacroiliac joints and the pubic symphysis allowing for the baby to re-position in the birth canal to allow for a more favorable delivery position.
In the postpartum phase it is very beneficial to seek chiropractic to be sure the pelvis remains balanced regardless of delivery type (vaginal/ cesarean).
It also can ease the upper body discomfort of the "4th trimester" body, which accompanies the handling of the newborn, differing nursing positions, and carrying the infant seats.
dabble | Is it safe for babies to receive chiropractic care? How does it help?
EF | Chiropractic IS safe for babies! It is very different from the adjustment of an adult because babies joints are very different and the adjustment is performed in a very gentle fashion.
Chiropractic can help improve symptoms of colic and constipation, can reduce the occurrence/ re-occurrence of ear infections, help EVERYONE get better sleep, can improve nursing/feeding issues, and acts like a jumper cable to the immune system improving an infant's tolerance to his/her new environment. Torticollis is another reason new parents seek chiropractic care for their infants.