Roots Family Chiropractic - New Mother / New Baby Care

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Although birth is undeniably a beautiful journey, it is also innately traumatic for both mom and baby. That’s why Dr. Tom and our team strive to help new mothers and their infants optimize health during the intimate postpartum period and beyond.

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Chiropractic Care for Mom:

Chiropractic care is very important postpartum to help mom and baby recover physically and emotionally. Your body is returning back to its pre-pregnancy state, hormones are changing, and new stressors may be entering your life as you step into parenthood. The role of a chiropractor is to detect and correct any form of stress on your nervous system- the master controller of the body. When this system is functioning optimally, every other system has the potential to function at its best.

We want you to be as strong and healthy as possible, so that you can keep baby strong, healthy, and safe! 

Chiropractic BENEFITS for a postpartum mother include:

  • Quicker recovery from labor/delivery
  • Supports breastfeeding relationship: increased milk production, improved latch for baby if checked post birth
  • Assists with hormonal imbalances: improved mood
  • Increased immune function
  • Much more!

Chiropractic Care for Baby

The reason why chiropractic care is so important for newborns can begin by better understanding the birth process. Birth is a beautiful thing; however, on average, a newborn experiences 60-90lbs of pressure on their head and neck. 

In fact, according to a well-known research study completed by Viola Frymann, DO, 9 out of 10 infants suffer from some sort of birth trauma. This means 90% of the studied infants suffer from some sort of “birth trauma” that includes strain in the neck and cranial areas. Because of this, it is important to note the following signs your baby might be demonstrating post birth: 

  • colic
  • favoring one side during positioning
  • difficulty breastfeeding  
  • improper digestion, vomiting    
  • irregular breathing and respiration rates       
  • imbalance in muscle tone
  • ear infections
  • vestibular (balance) concerns
  • sleeping problems
  • sensory integration dysfunctions

It is important to note that the techniques used by trained chiropractors to adjust infants are much gentler to compensate for the developing frame of the child. According to the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association), the pressure used to adjust an infant can be compared to the amount of pressure you would use to test the ripeness of a tomato.

Our Team

Dr. Tom Williams

Hey, I’m Dr. Tom. Most days you can find me with a cold brew in my hand while enjoying the outdoors, and exploring the unique neighborhoods of Chicago with my family. I am most known for being Oliver’s dad and the chiropractor behind Roots Family Chiropractic.

My mission is to inspire the families of Chicago to experience health differently. My practice is 50% pediatrics, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! I truly believe that children are resilient rockstars who deserve to live a healthy, happy life. As a chiropractor and fellow parent, I am your family’s biggest advocate and strive to educate, encourage, and support you through your journey into true health.

Lauren Williams

Hi there, I’m Lauren! I am Dr. Tom’s wife and mama to our little explorer, Oliver. I am a lover of oat milk lattes, outdoor hikes, and relaxing with a good book. I am mostly known for being the boss lady behind the front desk, and “the sticker holder” at Roots Family Chiropractic- which is seriously the BEST job there is.

I have a huge heart for holistic living and sharing all things motherhood. My journey into motherhood has been one I will never take for granted- from the lows of miscarriage, to the highs of a beautiful home-birth, and everything in-between- I would love to walk along side of you! Empathy is my #1 strength and I will be your listening ear and biggest cheerleader all wrapped into one.

If you didn’t know, I am also the writer behind our blog and social media extraordinaire at Roots Family Chiropractic. If you wish to know more about a specific topic, I would LOVE to know. Let’s walk through the journey into health together! You can reach me at .

Dr. Ashley Speller, Office Coordinator/Chiropractic Assistant

Greetings, I’m Dr. Ashley! I am so excited to be joining the Roots Family Chiropractic family as a chiropractic assistant. I obtained my doctorate in chiropractic from Life University in Georgia. Chiropractic is a proactive and natural form of healthcare that allows the body to heal itself from the inside out. My goal is to be an advocate for this very message of chiropractic and educate families in the Chicago area about the many benefits of chiropractic care.

Outside of serving in the office you can find me caring for my 2 young babies. They keep this momma busy! When I have time, I enjoy a good movie or a good book. I love spending quality time with family and friends. I’m always looking for fun, new activities and events for me and my little ones!

As a family chiropractor that loves baby-wearing, I have also been featured on ABC news, CBS, Popsugar, Upworthy, Morning Dose, and more. Dying to know why? Check it out:


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