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Knowledge Base: Pregnancy Chiropractor
Are you looking for a pregnancy chiropractor? Fast affordable holistic care is easier than you may think! Schedule your risk free consultation now or continue reading to learn more.
Chiropractic and Pregnancy
One of the most important times for a woman to receive chiropractic care is during her pregnancy.
At first glance, most people do not see the connection between chiropractic and pregnancy (sometimes referred to as prenatal chiropractic).
However, there are four stages in which having an optimally working nervous system can help both mother and child (and cost much less than expected!).
Many pregnant patients often report shorter, more pleasant deliveries when they receive chiropractic care and spinal decompression.
Pediatric Chiropractic care prepares the body to be as strong, supple and balanced as possible to carry the pregnancy. It can also help with regular and healthy ovulation (all signs point to a positive test!)
Regular maternity chiropractic care during pregnancy appeals to mothers who seek a natural approach to better health
Labor and Birth
Many rely on chiropractic care to help assure optimum biomechanics of the hips and spine in the hopes of reducing the need for interventions during the birth process.
Even natural births can stress a baby’s spine. Breastfeeding problems can arise if the baby has a subluxation and is unable to comfortably turn its head to one side.
You can relax. We use special approaches to make our adjustments safe and comfortable for you and your child.
From the moment of conception, your body goes through a series of changes. Back, pelvic and postural changes can cause unwanted pain and discomfort. The good news is, chiropractic can help!
How can chiropractic help?
Your spine is made up of 24 independent vertebrae that enable your body to twist, bend and move. It also helps protect the delicate central nervous system that controls and coordinates every cell, tissue and organ of the body.
Subluxations of the spine, commonly known as joint dysfunctions, occur when two or more vertebrae become restricted and impede the body’s ability to communicate with itself. Joint dysfunctions during pregnancy can be caused by the changes taking place in your body as it prepares to support you and your new bundle of joy.
Changes such as weight gain in the abdomen, poor posture and rotation of the pelvis force the body to unnaturally adapt to additional stress placed on the spine. These changes negatively affect joint function and nerve communication throughout the body.
Chiropractors are trained to locate and correct joint dysfunctions by applying a gentle, targeted movement to the body’s spinal column and extremities (where and when needed) restoring proper joint function and improving nerve communication throughout the body.
This non invasive technique is commonly known as a chiropractic adjustment.
What are the benefits of chiropractic during pregnancy?
Millions of expectant mothers look to chiropractic for it is safe, natural and drug free approach to pain relief and prevention for a healthier, happier pregnancy.
Benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy could include:
Relief from back, neck or joint pain
Controlling symptoms of nausea
Reduction in time of labor and delivery
Prevention of a potential cesarean delivery
Q: Why should I go to the chiropractor if I am pregnant?
A: Most pregnant women are referred for lower back or pelvic pain associated with pregnancy. This includes localized lower back pain, sciatica (radiating leg pain), groin pain, and leg or thigh pain. Some patients present with middle back pain, rib pain, neck pain or headaches. Chiropractors can also help determine if the fetus is not in the optimal position for birth, such as breech, transverse, or posterior.
Q: Is Chiropractic treatment safe during pregnancy?
A: Yes! Gentle chiropractic treatment including joint mobilization, soft tissue treatment, and therapeutic exercise is safe and effective during pregnancy. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to address the challenges of the pregnant body including loosening ligaments and increased weight.
Q: How often will I need treatment during my pregnancy?
A: A treatment plan will be individually tailored for your specific condition and depends on your week of pregnancy. Treatment recommendations range from 2 to 3 times per week to once a month.
Q: What else can I do at home between my office visits to help my pain?
A: In addition to drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet, home care recommendations usually include ice, physioball exercises, and gentle stretching. A maternity belt support may be recommended as well. Exercises are tailored specifically for each patient.
Q: Can chiropractic treatment really reduce my time in labor?
A: A research study showed that patients under chiropractic care during pregnancy had decreased labor times by 24 to 39%!
Q: Is my treatment over after my baby is born?
A: Prior to returning to routine personal care, at least one postpartum evaluation is recommended before the ligaments around the pelvis tighten. Usually this occurs about the same time as your postpartum visit to your birth provider at 2 to 4 weeks.
We are Pregnancy Specialists!
Our practice offers chiropractic care to pregnant women living in the area. Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy are safe and they help relieve back pain, maintain pelvic balance and alignment, and may reduce the time spent in labor and delivery.