Congratulations on this exciting new adventure!

As you embark on the exciting journey to welcome a newborn into the world, considering chiropractic care for yourself during pregnancy and to your child after birth can provide many benefits. 
Dr. Jacquelyn Nicholls loves providing gentle chiropractic care for pregnant moms, kids, and infants, every day.

It is commonly said that chiropractic care is for adults, but the truth is, infants, children, and their parents can all benefit from seeking chiropractic professionals.

Dr. Jacquelyn Nicholls is a chiropractor who is Webster Technique Certified. The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of SI joint dysfunction. In doing so, neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is facilitated. 

Webster Certified Chiropractor provides safe and effective and drug-free care for pregnant moms. Webster Certified Chiropractors is someone who has been specifically trained to assess and adjust the spine and pelvis in pregnant women. 
Sacral or pelvic dysfunction may contribute to difficult labor for the mother (i.e., dystocia), caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby mal-presentation. Correction of sacral dysfunction may have a positive effect on all of these causes of dystocia.

Webster Technique focuses on relieving the tightness in the round ligaments. This allows the baby to shift comfortably and freely within the womb so that he or she may get into the proper position for his or her big journey to the outside world.

The average healthy weight gain in pregnancy is 25-35 lbs. As the baby grows, the spinal curve increases and the core muscles cannot stabilize the spine as they did before. This extra weight, especially in the front of the body, places a lot of stress on the joints in the backhipsknees, and feet.

In addition, in the third trimester, Relaxin, a hormone, increases ten times. This hormone relaxes your ligaments which allows the loosening of the body’s joints to accommodate the enlarging uterus and allow the baby to pass through the pelvis during delivery. These loose joints force the muscles of the back and pelvis to work overtime, resulting in muscle and joint pain.

A maternity and Webster-certified chiropractor can provide safe, effective, and drug-free conservative care to relieve pain by decreasing pressure on the joints, muscles, and nerves of the spine and pelvis.

Ultrasound Therapy is an effective tool for treating chronic pain and various kinds of disorders such as mastitis with breast-feeding mothers.


Ultrasound therapy is the use of Ultrasonic waves or sound waves to treat muscle injuries, reduce the inflammatory response, and break up blockages. It does this by using high frequency that is not audible to the human ear are produced by means of mechanical vibration in the metal treatment head of the ultrasound machine. The treatment head is then moved over the surface of the skin in the region of the injury transmitting the energy into the tissues.

Therapeutic ultrasound is one of the most popular modalities in physical therapy due to its ease of use, applications for multiple issues and time efficiency.


Ultrasound is thought to accelerate the normal resolution time of the inflammatory process by attracting more mast cells to the site of injury. This may cause an increase in blood flow which can be beneficial in the sub-acute phase of tissue injury. As blood flow may be increased it is not advised to use ultrasound immediately after injury.

PLEASE NOTE: Ultrasound Therapy is added to Chiropractic or Physiotherapy appointments as required to maximize treatment results, and is not a standalone service.
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BENEFITS of seeing a chiropractor throughout your pregnancy

    Maintain an overall healthier pregnancy
    Control symptoms of nausea (using acupuncture treatment)
    Reduce pain and time of labor and delivery
    Encourage optimal positioning of the pelvis to help reduce in-utero constraint and breech presentation
    Relieve back, neck, foot, and joint pain


ULTRASOUND can help with the pain of the blocked milk ducts or with mastitis.

ACUPUNCTURE can help with a variety of pain complaints.

INTERFERENTAL CURRENT (IFC) and TENS machine for pain modification.

PRE/POST-NATAL CARE training to individualize rehabilitation programs for healthy exercise.
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We have answered a few of the most common questions!


The birthing process can be a traumatic experience for a baby and therefore may necessitate paediatric care. If there is physical intervention during birth, like hands-on assistance or forceps extraction, the mechanical stress of pulling and twisting can be stressful to the spine and body of a newborn and paediatric care may be required by a qualified chiropractor to correct any spinal dysfunction. A chiropractic adjustment can correct any spinal issues and allow the baby to develop in a healthy and natural way.

Toddlerhood is also a very physical time, and falls and accidents are all part of a normal childhood. By addressing the minor stresses and strains on the body, you can prevent them from becoming issues as they grow.

Bones model in response to outside physical stresses placed upon them and proper joint motion is needed to distribute these forces for optimal bone development. There are periods of time when skeletal growth is accelerated (“growth spurts”) during which balance in the muscles and joints is especially important.

Just like the bones of the skeleton, your child’s nervous system is also developing at a rapid rate. The nervous system includes the brain, the spinal cord, and all the millions of nerves that serve every inch of your body and control its functions. Just like the bones need a proper joint motion for optimal development, so do the nerves in order to develop optimal communication.


YES! There have been several large-scale research studies verifying the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care for kids.

The amount of force used to adjust an infant is comparable to the amount of force you use to test a ripe tomato at the grocery store. Those with kids know that they are certainly able to withstand a lot more pressure than that!


The basic premise of chiropractic care is the same regardless of age.

However, the ever-growing and changing active little bodies of children have distinct needs depending on their stage of development. Generally, children respond much faster and more profoundly to chiropractic care than adults do. Also, in children, pain is not a primary indicator of dysfunction. This can make it more difficult for parents to know when their kids need to visit their Calgary chiropractor.

Certain clues can help parents know when their kids need to visit their chiropractor; these include signs such as postural changes, only wanting to breastfeed from one side, being off-balance, and running with a limp.


It is never too early to bring your child to the chiropractor.

Infants just minutes old are often checked by the loving hands of the family chiropractor. The birthing process is physically strenuous for both mom and baby, so it is best to get them both cared for as soon as possible afterward. That being said, it is never too late either! Children can enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care at any age or stage of development.


Chiropractic for kids will vary as much as chiropractic for adults.

As mentioned above, it is often difficult to know when your kids need to see the chiropractor because they do not generally present with pain. To help with this issue, we recommend setting regular well-child visits, the same way you would with your dentist and paediatrician. This will help to catch minor issues before they turn into major problems, and will allow kids to truly maximize their health potential.

Times to consider bringing your child in for a chiropractic appointment include:

 Major milestones (such as starting to sit up, crawl, walk, etc.)
 Any trauma or falls
 If you notice any signs of imbalance (limping, head tilting, etc.)


Here is a list of common childhood conditions that families have seen great impact from chiropractic care that you may not have thought of as chiropractic issues. Chiropractors do not necessarily treat or cure these conditions, but they have been shown to help in profound ways by treating the children suffering from them and enhancing their general health.
  •   Breastfeeding Difficulties
  •   Birthing Trauma
  •   Torticollis
  •   Colic
  •   Constipation
  •   Growing Pains
  •   Painful Joints
  •   Headaches
  •   Bed Wetting
  •   Sports Injuries (like Little League Elbow)