Chiropractic Services in Pittsburgh

Answers To Some Of The Most Common Questions Asked About Chiropractic Care

How does chiropractic work?

You are a self-healing, self-regulating organism, controlled by your nervous system. Every moment, millions of bits of information flow from your brain, down your spinal cord and out to every organ and tissue in your body, then back up to the brain. The loss of this communication leads to an inability to adapt to stresses of your daily life and decreases the self-healing, self-regulating ability of your body. Chiropractors refer to this as Subluxation. Subluxation can at times cause pain, but not always. Chiropractic adjustments are a specific impulse given to your spine and nervous system with the intention to improve neurological communication between your brain and body. This restores the normal flow of life energy in your body and allows you to resume healing and functioning normally.

Infants and Kids

How Do Pittsburgh Infants, Toddlers, And Young Kids Benefit From Chiropractic Care?

There are plenty of benefits a pediatric chiropractor can provide for children. In fact, children actually respond better to chiropractic care because many health problems are best corrected during the early stages of their development. Many studies also point out spinal misalignments are just as likely to develop in children as they are in adults. Dr. Barto specializes in care for infants, toddlers, and children of all ages. Her gentle, low-force adjusting technique can be modified to fit patients of all sizes.

Care by a pediatric chiropractor can provide children with:

  • Increased immune function
  • Decreased need for antibiotics
  • Easier and faster injury recovery
  • Better physical performance
  • Improved posture
  • Improved school performance
  • Increased focus and attention

It’s very possible that the first subluxation (spinal misalignment) you ever experienced was at birth, as the birth process puts a great amount of strain on infants’ spines (even with natural methods of childbirth). An infant’s spine, particularly the neck, can easily be contorted during the pushing stage of labor. This leads to misalignment of the small bones of the spine, putting pressure on nerves and resulting in the loss of communication between the brain and spinal cord and the rest of the body. Use of suction or forceps only compound the problem. Breech births put children at unique risk for developing neck problems depending upon the presentation and difficulty of labor.

Even if the newborn’s spine is uninjured by the birthing process, the inevitable tumbles and falls of early childhood increase the risk of injury to the spine, potentially compromising nervous system function.

If left uncorrected, these misalignments can develop into serious health problems, including chronic inner ear infections, respiratory disorders, digestive dysfunction, poor sleeping habits, colic, decreased immunity, poor appetite and other problems.

Top 10 Reasons Kids See Chiropractors

1. Earaches/Ear Infections
2. Back Pain
3. Digestive Disorders
4. Tension Headaches
5. Upper Respiratory Infections
6. Neck Pain
7. Infantile Colic
8. Asthma
9. Enuresis (Bed Wetting)
10. Allergies

Pregant Women

How Can Chiropractic Care Benefit Pregnant Pittsburgh Moms & Unborn Babies?

Many women seek chiropractic care to relieve neck or back pain that can result from the rapid body changes that occur during pregnancy. But even if you’re not in pain, you will benefit from chiropractic care. Chiropractic care during pregnancy maintains and can even improve a healthy spine and nervous system.

Regular chiropractic care can also provide a more comfortable pregnancy, labor, and delivery for mother and baby. It stimulates the nervous system to enable proper functioning of the whole body, thus supporting the needs of your baby throughout pregnancy and during labor and delivery.

The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic technique for pregnant mothers. It reduces interference to the nervous system and helps balance the pelvis, muscles, and ligaments in a low force manner specific to the needs of pregnant moms. 

When looking for chiropractic care during pregnancy, it’s important to choose a doctor who is trained through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). Dr. Barto is a prenatal and pediatric specialist certified in the Webster Technique. Proof of Dr. Barto’s ICPA membership and Webster Technique certification can be found by clicking here.

Postpartum Chiropractic Care

Should Women Continue To See A Chiropractor After Childbirth?

YES! The benefits of chiropractic care are widespread and effective for all sorts of different people. Postpartum women are just one of the many groups of people who benefit from chiropractic care.

There are many reasons why it is very valuable for women to see a chiropractor. Carrying extra weight in your abdomen or on your hip, when you are not use to it can strain your back fairly easily. In addition, during labor, as the baby descends through the birth canal, the bones of the pelvis must shift to allow passage, this is especially common if the baby was posterior. Regardless of the length of labor or size of baby though, misalignments of the spine and pelvis are common during labor and lead to dysfunction and decreased healing after the baby is born. A properly functioning nervous system will help you heal faster so you can be your best for the new addition in your life.

Breastfeeding and Chiropractic

Why Breastfeeding Your Baby Is One Of The Best Decisions You’ll Ever Make
  • Early breast milk is liquid gold – Known as liquid gold, colostrum (coh-LOSS-trum) is the thick yellow first breast milk that you make during pregnancy and just after birth. This milk is very rich in nutrients and antibodies to protect your baby. Although your baby only gets a small amount of colostrum at each feeding, it matches the amount his or her tiny stomach can hold.
  • Your breast milk changes as your baby grows – Colostrum changes into what is called mature milk. By the third to fifth day after birth, this mature breast milk has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein to help your baby continue to grow. It is a thinner type of milk than colostrum, but it provides all of the nutrients and antibodies your baby needs.
  • Breast milk is easier to digest – For most babies — especially premature babies — breast milk is easier to digest than formula. The proteins in formula are made from cow’s milk and it takes time for babies’ stomachs to adjust to digesting them.
  • Breast milk fights disease – The cells, hormones, and antibodies in breast milk protect babies from illness. This protection is unique; formula cannot match the chemical makeup of human breast milk. In fact, among formula-fed babies, ear infections and diarrhea are more common. Formula-fed babies also have higher risks of:
    * Necrotizing (nekroh-TEYE-zing) enterocolitis (en-TUR-oh-cohlytiss), a disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract in preterm infants.
    * Lower respiratory infections
    * Asthma
    * Obesity
    * Type 2 diabetes

Some research shows that breastfeeding can also reduce the risk of Type 1 diabetes, childhood leukemia, and atopic dermatitis (a type of skin rash) in babies. Breastfeeding has also been shown to lower the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

Mommies Benefit From Breastfeeding, Too
  • Life can be easier when you breastfeed – Breastfeeding may take a little more effort than formula feeding at first. But it can make life easier once you and your baby settle into a good routine. Plus, when you breastfeed, there are no bottles and nipples to sterilize. You do not have to buy, measure, and mix formula. And there are no bottles to warm in the middle of the night! You can satisfy your baby’s hunger right away when breastfeeding.
  • Breastfeeding can save money – Formula and feeding supplies can cost well over $1,500 each year, depending on how much your baby eats. Breastfed babies are also sick less often, which can lower health care costs.
  • Breastfeeding can feel great – Physical contact is important to newborns. It can help them feel more secure, warm, and comforted. Mothers can benefit from this closeness, as well. Breastfeeding requires a mother to take some quiet relaxed time to bond. The skin-to-skin contact can boost the mother’s oxytocin (OKS-ee-TOH-suhn) levels. Oxytocin is a hormone that helps milk flow and can calm the mother.
  • Breastfeeding can be good for the mother’s health, too – Breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of these health problems in women:
    * Type 2 diabetes
    * Breast cancer
    * Ovarian cancer
    * Postpartum depression

Experts are still looking at the effects of breastfeeding on osteoporosis and weight loss after birth. Many studies have reported greater weight loss for breastfeeding mothers than for those who don’t. But more research is needed to understand if a strong link exists.

  • Mothers miss less work – Breastfeeding mothers miss fewer days from work because their infants are sick less often.
Difficulty With Breastfeeding (As Written By Dr. Jeanne Ohm, DC)

Modern birthing procedures, even those with seemingly minimal intervention, are known to cause trauma and stress to the infant’s cranium and spine. In a leading pediatric textbook on manual therapy for children, one author tells us, “When considering injuries and dysfunctions of the spine and its associated structures, the significance of birth trauma is often underestimated, and the resulting symptoms frequently misinterpreted.”

In the case of breastfeeding difficulty, as with many childhood disorders, the cause of the problem often traces back to undetected biomechanical injuries to the spine and cranium at birth. The failure to recognize these biomechanical injuries and their relationship to difficulty in breastfeeding leads to incorrect conclusions and therefore, inadequate recommendations and treatments. Without real solutions, mothers become discouraged, successful breastfeeding is not achieved, and women stop trying out of frustration.

Breastfeeding is by far the best choice for infant feeding for numerous reasons. Significant research shows that, from a nutritional, immunological,digestive, neurological, developmental, mental, psychological, and emotional standpoint, there is no replacement. Today, more and more women are choosing the healthy, natural benefits of breastfeeding. Exclusive breastfeeding is the optimal feeding mode for an infant’s first 6 months of life. Many women initially plan to breastfeed for that length of time, yet fall short because of difficulties that seem to have no solution. Many of the care providers they consult are unaware of the biomechanical disorders in the infant’s spines and craniums that cause the difficulty in breastfeeding. This lack of knowledge leads to ineffective recommendations with unsatisfactory results. In these instances, it is imperative that parents seek family chiropractors who offer mothers and infants the care appropriate to their needs.

When infants are presented with any of the indicated difficulties (see below), once evaluated and adjusted accordingly, they respond favorably with chiropractic care. Normal function in the infant is often restored and breastfeeding continued without further complications and hindrances. Among other numerous benefits of chiropractic care for infants, the ability to successfully breastfeed has lifelong consequences for the baby’s future health potential. Including chiropractic care for your newborn may very well be one of the most important choices you make in support of the family wellness lifestyle.

Some of the most common indicators of difficulty with breastfeeding are:
  • Babies who cannot latch firmly
  • Babies who can latch and not sustain sucking
  • Babies who are unable to smoothly coordinate suckling, swallowing, and breathing
  • Babies who can feed in only one position
  • Babies who seem dissatisfied when nursing or who remain fussy and distressed throughout the day
  • Babies who chew and damage the mother’s nipples
  • Babies who may not feed any better from other devices
  • Babies who have the need to suck 24/7

90-Day Lifestyle Program

In Addition To Regular Chiropractic Care, You Need To Eat Well, Move Well, & Think Well To Achieve Optimal Health

Barto Family Chiropractic Offers Dr. James Chestnut’s Innate Lifestyle™ Program Designed To Give You The Results You Need…Guaranteed!

If you’re like me, you’ve learned that being a mom (or dad!) is rewarding, but not relaxing.

Your kids demand your mind, your body, your time, your energy, your everything!

The problem? By devoting all your physical and emotional resources to your kids and to your family, you’ve probably neglected your own health. If you don’t take control of your own well-being soon, chances are you’ll end up with some serious health issues that hurt you and your family for years to follow.

I’m Dr. Stephanie Barto, And I’m Embarrassed To Admit That As A Doctor, I Let The Demands Of Motherhood Wear On Me & My Health. But I’m Back In Control Of My Health And I’m Ready To Show You How You Can Be, Too!
I know how emotionally and physically draining it can be to raise children. Having to take care of young children makes us mostly forget about taking care of ourselves, and that’s a dangerous path to take—for us and for our kids (and even for our significant others).

We get so busy doing things for our kids that we start to eat whenever we can sneak in a snack or a small meal—and it’s usually not healthy food.

We abandon most or all exercise routines, because we think of at least 20 things that are more urgent—notice I didn’t say important—to do instead of exercise. Some of us start to look in the mirror and get down or depressed about our appearance. And we might even start to believe that our only purpose on this planet is to raise happy and healthy kids, regardless of whether or not we’re actually happy and healthy ourselves.

Eventually, all of the stress and chaos that comes with being a good mom (or dad!) can change who we are. We may transform from the “fun to be around” partner to the “never see me at my best” partner.

As a mom and a wife who has gone through many of these things personally, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be this way for you. You can avoid it altogether, or greatly improve your current situation if you’ve already fallen victim to some or all of the negative consequences of parenthood. Continue reading to find out what helped me make positive changes in my life, and how I can help you achieve the same results.

I traveled to Washington, DC four times this past year to learn the how’s and why’s of Dr. James Chestnut’s revolutionary Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well Innate Lifestyle Program. After trying this program myself, it was so life-altering that I knew I had to offer it to other parents in need of regaining true health before it’s too late and more serious health issues arise.

The Innate Lifestyle Program is based on over 25 years of research on genetics, nutrition, and exercise with the science of empowering personal change. It is the first program in history based on the science of determining the eating, moving, and thinking lifestyle patterns that match the human genetic requirements for wellness and prevention.

The secret to the success of the Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well Innate Lifestyle Program is that it follows your genetic blueprint for health and vitality. You are literally genetically programmed to crave and enjoy the lifestyle that your cells need to express health and vitality. The science of the Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well Innate Lifestyle Program implementation strategies is that they follow your genetic programming instead of fighting your unnatural cravings. As you add healthy lifestyle choices, many of your desires for unhealthy choices will simply fade away naturally.

The Innate Lifestyle Program maximizes your potential for WELLNESS and PREVENTION. Regardless of your lifestyle concern, the Innate Lifestyle Program will provide the instruction, coaching, and inspiration for WHAT to do, HOW to do it, and HOW to EMPOWER YOURSELF to do it – EASILY, GRADUALLY, and COMFORTABLY.

When you implement the revolutionary Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well Innate Lifestyle Program, you can expect the following benefits:
  • Achieve your Ideal Body Weight and Fitness
  • Maximize your Health and Healing capacity
  • Maximize your ability to Prevent Illness
  • Maximize your Energy and Vitality
  • Maximize your Happiness, Contentment, and Confidence
  • Maximize your Self-Control and Self-Esteem

“Dr. Barto is the real deal.

She uses technology, knowledge of the body, and common sense to keep our family in tip top shape. If you try to keep up with young kids and throw out your back or knees, she’ll fix you right up!”

– Alan G.