Many health problems that women experience during their pregnancy can be managed and treated without the use of invasive procedures or drugs. Instead, effective, gentle chiropractic care can allow for the natural treatment of symptoms and can address the root cause of the symptoms. At Foundations Spine and Well-Necessities, a prenatal chiropractor can address a woman’s unnoticed, pre-existing imbalances that can cause their pelvis and spine to become overused during pregnancy. These added stresses often lead to difficulty and discomfort performing daily activities.
Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy can reduce neck pain, back pain, and other joint pain that’s associated with the shifting center of gravity within the body during pregnancy.
Aside from pain reduction and promoting a smoother delivery, there are numerous health benefits of prenatal chiropractic care including:
Our chiropractors offer a wide variety of treatments and gentle adjustments that are very effective for pregnant women through all stages of pregnancy. Gentle spinal adjustments are the most common treatments provided for pregnant women, which are great for improving the alignment of the back, relieving joint pain, neck pain, and back pain. For women who want to avoid using pain medication during pregnancy, chiropractic care is a great option.
Specific chiropractic adjustments will eliminate stress to the spine, restoring balance to the pelvis and to the ligaments that are attached to the uterus. These eight ligaments can cause a uterine constraint on the baby, which can lead to longer labor or breech presentation before delivery. This issue is one of the main reasons why a woman needs a C-section.
Our chiropractors are experienced and trained in performing a non-invasive, gentle procedure called the Webster Technique, which is effective in removing constraints to the pelvic and uterine structures, which allows a breech baby to naturally move in the womb into a normal head-down position. This technique involves specific, gentle chiropractic adjustments and non-invasive, mild pressure on specific areas of the abdomen.
All of the chiropractic methods designed for pregnant women that are used in our office are completely safe for an infant in utero and mothers. Our chiropractors can also prescribe some at-home exercises that can continue to help a patient manage their pain throughout their pregnancy.
Studies have shown that more than 75% of pregnant women experience pregnancy-related pelvic pain, low back pain, or a combination, and this type of pain increases as a woman’s pregnancy progresses. Seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy can help an expecting mother manage her pain and discomfort and restore pelvic balance.
Fortunately, chiropractic care is a drug-free, effective, and safe way to manage these and other symptoms during pregnancy.
The normal biomechanical changes that occur during pregnancy can result in a variety of musculoskeletal conditions such as:
Lower back pain during pregnancy is due to the increased stress that’s placed on the lumbar spine. Altered gait patterns and compensatory muscle tightness also contribute to pain that can be severe.
Deep external rotators and hypertonicity in the gluteal muscles can compress or irritate the sciatic nerve during pregnancy. Studies have shown that the growth of the baby can place direct pressure on the sciatic nerve, or it can contribute to uterine pressure placed on supporting vasculature. This can result in lower back pain that radiates into the legs.
The sacroiliac joints can shift and move due to ligament laxity that’s caused by hormonal changes in pregnant women. This increased mobility will place stress on the surrounding muscles and ligaments, which can result in pain.
When a woman is pregnant, the production of the hormone relaxin allows the ligaments that stabilize the pubic symphysis joint to relax, allowing the joint to separate and move. This condition can limit a woman’s mobility and produces pain. Chiropractic care during pregnancy can keep the mother happy, comfortable, and thriving.
At Foundations Spine and Well-Necessities, our prenatal chiropractors provide the best possible experience for both you and your baby, so you can enjoy a healthy pregnancy during this exciting time. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment. We can discuss your care needs, ongoing issues with pain and discomfort, and ensure you remain comfortable, happy, and healthy throughout your pregnancy.