Magnolia Chiropractic | Interview with Dr. Robyn Hawkins Merritt

Interview with Dr. Robyn Hawkins Merritt from Magnolia Chiropractic

Why did you become a Chiropractor?

From an early age, I knew I wanted a career where I could help people and serve others. While working on my undergraduate studies to pursue a career in nursing, I worked part-time in a chiropractic office. My dad was a patient and constantly raved about chiropractic and how it has positively impacted his life. I was also observing the changes I saw in each patient and was intrigued by the holistic and proactive approach to health that chiropractic embraced. I chose to switch gears and enrolled at Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC.​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​

It wasn’t until I was in chiropractic school that I learned how beneficial chiropractic can be for expecting mothers and children. Being able to care for these populations quickly became a passion of mine. Since then, I have made it my mission as a chiropractor to help patients discover a means of wellness-based healthcare. My goal is to help patients enjoy the things they love by actively participating in their health.

How long have you been a Chiropractor? Where have you practiced? What type of training and certifications do you have? 

Five years total; practiced in North Augusta before we opened our office, Magnolia Chiropractic, here in Augusta; certified in the Webster technique for prenatal chiropractic care, extra courses are taken to care for babies and children, and a member of the ICPA (organization for chiropractors specializing in prenatal and pediatric chiro care)

Do you practice solo, or are you a part of a team?

I co-own Magnolia Chiropractic with another doctor!

Can you explain what it looks like to get adjusted with you through pregnancy and the benefits?

Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy are very gentle and safe. The techniques and equipment allow moms to adjust effectively while remaining neutral and comfortable. I also have special pregnancy pillows with a hole cut out in the middle so moms can lay comfortably, much like a hammock for the baby belly. Chiropractic works wonders during pregnancy.

Some of the benefits include:​​​​​​​​

  • Less back pain/sciatica and pelvic pain
  • Improved sleep​​​​​​
  • Increased comfort
  • Better posture
  • Correct pelvic position for optimal fetal positioning​​​​​​​​
  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy​​​​​​​​
  • Promotes proper development of the baby
  • Supports easier labor and birth

Can you explain what it looks like to get adjusted with a new baby and the benefits?

Chiropractic adjustments for babies look much different than adjustments for adults. We use gentle, sustained pressure using the fingertip. The amount of pressure during the adjustment is less than what you would use when checking the ripeness of an avocado. 80% of brain development occurs by the age of 3. So starting chiropractic care early is a great way to positively impact your growing baby’s health. The benefits of chiropractic care for newborns can include: supports physical development, improved sleep, supports developmental milestones, promotes proper spinal alignment, supports neurological development, and can help improve mood & temperament.

Do you have any other information you would like to share with potential Magnolia Chiropractic clients?

Postpartum chiropractic care is also critical. Recovering after birth takes time and energy. Often it’s so easy for moms to focus all of that energy on her new baby. But ensuring that mom is taken care of during that fourth trimester is vital.

During pregnancy, your posture changes for 9 months to make room for your growing baby. After birth, your body slowly returns to its pre-baby state and should be supported just as it was during pregnancy. Chiropractic helps to realign the spine and restore pelvic balance. You also have new physical demands when caring for your new little one due to feeding, holding, and rocking your baby. Chiropractic care can help to support your transition into motherhood by helping to relieve neck/upper back pain, improve sleep, support the healing process, and increase mobility/range of motion.

Robyn Hawkins Merritt from Magnolia Chiropractic

I would love to wake up and feel pain no longer… well, at Magnolia Chiropractic, you can feel fabulous every day. Magnolia Chiropractic offers a free consultation to determine the best course of action for your treatment plan, whether you require prenatal care, postpartum care, or pediatric care for neck and back pain. Magnolia Chiropractic takes care of you with its friendly staff and very knowledgeable and caring doctors. 

You can call them anytime during business hours and contact them anytime online, and they will reach out to you to discuss any concerns you may have. Magnolia Chiropractic accepts most insurances, but verify that your insurance covers chiropractic services. They also offer ChiroHealth USA, a great payment option that is helpful if you do not have health insurance. In addition, if you have insurance but have a high deductible, or it does not cover chiropractic care. You can reach out and call the office during office hours, and they can help you determine your best coverage for payments. 

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So, whether you are expecting a little one, looking for post-natal care, or just looking for a new chiropractor, make sure to chat with Dr. Robyn at Magnolia Chiropractic. I hope this FAQ Interview with Dr. Robyn Hawkins Merritt from Magnolia Chiropractic answered many of your questions. 

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