If you are a new mom or are currently expecting a baby, you know that, in addition to your waist size, many other things also change about your body during pregnancy. Just like you make adjustments in your clothing to accommodate your baby, your body makes changes, too. And many of these changes are not very comfortable! Holistic chiropractic treatment during pregnancy can help with these changes, naturally.
Your body is under tremendous stress while pregnant, which increases the potential for severe pain. Research has shown that up to 50% of all pregnant women suffer from lower back pain, especially in the late months, when the position of the baby’s head can lead to sciatica.
If you have low back pain before pregnancy this problem can intensify, because during pregnancy, many hormonal and physiological changes occur. These changes can cause misalignment of the joints or spine which leads to pain in the lower back. All of these can contribute to generalized back pain, lower back pain while standing, aching feelings, muscle spasms, and sciatic nerve pain (sciatica), even in the early stages of your pregnancy.
Some of these changes include:
- Changes in the structures of your pelvis
- Changes in posture often resulting in a “sway back”
- Protuberance of your abdomen
- An increase in the curve of your lower back
Holistic chiropractic care during pregnancy
Holistic chiropractic care during pregnancy is both natural and holistic. It involves the healthy maintenance of the spinal column and discs, the related nerves, and the alignment of the bones without the use of drugs or invasive procedures. The art and healing science of adjusting misaligned joints, especially those of the spine, used during chiropractic pregnancy adjustments decreases inflammation on the spinal nerves. This relieves stress and muscle tension and promotes health all through the body.
Unlike almost all drugs and pain medications, there are no contraindications known that limit chiropractic care during pregnancy. Chiropractors are fully trained to work with pregnant patients and they use techniques that do not place pressure on the abdomen. Many chiropractors use tables that specially adjust for an expectant mother’s special body.
Benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy
Maybe you are wondering how pregnancy chiropractic treatments can help you and your baby, even if you’re not having back pain or other symptoms.
Besides natural pain relief, chiropractor adjustments during pregnancy have the potential to help you:
- Maintain a healthier environment for your baby
- Control symptoms of nausea and heartburn
- Reduce the length of your labor and delivery
- Prevent a possible delivery by C-section
- Help with sleep issues
By performing a specific evaluation and chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy, your chiropractor can re-establish pelvic balance, reducing stress on the uterus and the ligaments that support it. Studies have proven this technique, called the Webster Technique, allows your baby to assume the best possible position in the uterus. When your pelvis is in a balanced position, the chances of a breech or posterior presentation, both of which increase the need for Caesarean birth, are reduced. When your baby is in the right position, safer, shorter, and easier labor and delivery are more likely.
Your chiropractor can also work with you to help find ways that are more comfortable to sleep, sit, stand, and walk, and give you advice on safe ways to continue your current exercise program or start a new, healthy plan of simple stretches or fitness for pregnancy.
Chiropractic care after pregnancy
Postpartum chiropractic care includes helping realign joint problems caused by the extra stress of loose ligaments and added weight. This can prevent post-partum shoulder problems, muscle tension, headaches and back pain. Treatment after pregnancy can also help prevent the back pain associated with carrying your baby around.
Most healthcare professionals realize the positive impact holistic care offers to patients. Talk to your healthcare provider about the many benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy and schedule an appointment with your Redondo Beach chiropractor. You can relax and enjoy this exciting time of your life when your options include natural choices that support you and your baby.