Pregnancy is a time when a woman’s body undergoes many changes to accommodate her developing baby and prepare for birth. This can cause discomfort for many women throughout their pregnancy. Particularly in the spine and pelvis. Fortunately, there are conservative options to help women with pregnancy related issues. Chiropractic care is one of them. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association recommends that women receive chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy to establish pelvic balance.
There are many benefits of chiropractic care through pregnancy. Chiropractic treatments are focused on improving overall alignment, joint function and muscular balance. Adjustments also stimulate the nervous system for proper communication between the brain, spinal cord and the whole body thus promoting optimal function. In addition to adjustments, chiropractors offer stretching, exercise, and nutritional advice among other recommendations to ensure you are staying active and in motion. Here are some of the benefits of what chiropractic can do for you during pregnancy.
- Chiropractic helps keep you aligned
Getting adjusted promotes pelvic and spinal alignment for proper function as your body grows and changes. As pregnancy progresses and the baby starts to gain weight proper pelvic motion is important. The expanded abdomen causes a woman’s center of gravity to shift forward. This puts additional stress on the curvature of the spine in the low back and increases the pressure on certain joints. As the pelvis tilts forward and there is an increasing weight shift forward, it alters a woman’s gait. You may find you are starting to “waddle” a bit when you walk. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to detect misalignments in the joints and correct them before they become symptomatic or correct the problem if there is discomfort in the joint.
- Chiropractic helps to decrease pain
During pregnancy, changes in pelvic biomechanics can bring on some discomfort. We may start noticing tightness, aches, or pains that weren’t there before. The stress on the body from the growing baby can also exacerbate pre-existing symptoms. Through treatments, proper alignment can be restored. Stiffness and tension in the muscles are reduced allowing for better range of motion leading to less aches and pains.
- Chiropractic helps you maintain a healthier more comfortable pregnancy
Chiropractic adjustments support the biomechanical changes in your body to minimize pain or injury. During pregnancy a hormone called Relaxin prepares our bodies for birth by allowing our ligaments to “loosen up”. This can lead to some instability in the joints contributing to misalignment. It could also increase the possibility of pain or injury. Chiropractic can help maintain good posture, properly moving joints and decrease muscle tension so you can keep up with all of your daily activities.
- Webster Technique is a specialized treatment specifically designed for pregnant women
It is explained by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) as, “a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment used to reduce the effects of subluxation and/or SI joint dysfunction. In doing so, the neurobiomechanical function in the sacral/pelvic region is improved.” The pelvis has ligaments attached to it that support the uterus. If there are restrictions in the pelvis, it can cause tension in those round ligaments connected to the uterus which can cause uterine constraints. The Webster technique can eliminate biomechanical constraints from pelvic misalignments thus allowing the baby to be able to move into the proper position for birth.
- Chiropractic during pregnancy is natural, safe, and effective
During pregnancy your pain relief options are somewhat limited, at a time when your body is changing rapidly. You may be experiencing a flare up of pre-existing pains, or noticing some aches that are brand new. Women often look for a drug-free alternative that is safe for mom and baby to manage their discomfort. Chiropractic care during pregnancy is safe, gentle, natural and effective. It looks to the source of what is causing the pain to correct it. Many patients say that they experience some immediate relief after an adjustment.
At Complete Care Chiropractic all of the doctors are trained to treat patients during pregnancy. We have chiropractors on staff who are members of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. They are also certified in the Webster Technique for pregnancy. In the office we have specialized treatment tables that drop out to accommodate for a growing belly. This allows a woman to lie face down comfortably without any pressure on the abdomen for a safe and gentle adjustment. There is no referral from your OB or primary doctor necessary to set up an appointment. At your first appointment a doctor of chiropractic (DC) will do a thorough history and physical exam to assess and determine a diagnosis to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.