Pregnancy & Paediatrics


Women can be checked for subluxations at any stage of their pregnancy. In fact, it may even be a good idea for a woman to be under Chiropractic care before/when she becomes pregnant because multiple studies show that women under Chiropractic care generally have faster and less painful labours and births. Chiropractic care during any part of a woman’s pregnancy should be considered quite safe, even in the first trimester. Dr Robyn uses some different techniques to assess things that become important during pregnancy, labour and birth. One of these techniques is called 'Webster's technique' which focuses on Round Ligament tension (these are the ligaments that are attached to the sides of the uterus and are the only ligaments in the body that have muscular attachments as well, allowing the uterus to swell in size to accommodate the growing baby). Aside from helping the whole body to be well aligned, Dr Robyn specifically likes to make sure the pregnant woman's entire pelvic region is in good alignment. The sacrum in the lower back has a vital role to play during the whole of pregnancy (and especially during the birthing process) so it is a good idea to make sure that you are well-aligned before the onset of labour, especially if you are planning for a natural birth.

Dr Robyn has undertaken a number of postgraduate seminars in both pregnancy and paediatrics and is more than capable of assessing and adjusting children of all ages, including newborns. A common complaint in babies is either reflux or colic, and the good news is that Chiropractic care may be able to help with both these conditions, among others.

Chiropractic care of babies is very gentle as their nervous system, bones and body are still developing. Babies also have certain ‘reflexes’ that are meant to naturally integrate into their nervous system over time, allowing them to develop into healthy and responsive children and adults. If these reflexes are not integrating properly, however, the right Chiropractic adjustments and specific exercises can help most children to properly integrate their nervous system. Chiropractic care can support their development both physically and neurologically.

There are varied Chiropractic techniques that can be utilised for babies and children: gentle techniques such as SOT and Activator are often used, along with gentle soft tissue techniques. Cranial work is often used to help with conditions such as plagiocephaly (misshapen skull). Sometimes gentle manual spinal adjustments work better. It is rare that a manual technique needs to be used on a newborn, but even if it is, it is still a gentle adjustment – and it is always modified for the baby so that just the right amount of force is used without reducing the specificity of the adjustment. More on this under “Dr Robyn and baby Max”.

Most children are not scared by Chiropractic, and given our doctors use appropriate techniques for them, keep them assured and make consultations and adjustments fun and interesting for them, almost all children feel quite comfortable in our practice. Dr Robyn has 3 young children of her own and has spent a lot of time around children throughout her life. Dr Robyn is very comfortable around children, even those with learning disabilities and/or varying levels of autism, so your children will be in good hands under the care of Dr Robyn.

If you have any questions about your child’s development or Chiropractic care, please don’t hesitate to contact Yass Chiropractic or speak with Dr Robyn.