Chiropractic care for Pregnancy Back Pain
During pregnancy your body is going through several physical changes in preparation to create an environment for a developing baby. As the baby grows, a protruding abdomen and increased back curve cause postural adaptations which can result in a misaligned spine or a bulging disc resulting in sciatica.
Pelvic changes can also lead to misaligned joints and when the pelvis is misaligned, it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A properly aligned pelvis can help the baby get into the best possible position for delivery and reduce the chance of breech and posterior positions that can affect the mother's ability to have a natural birth. Larry Webster, D.C., developed a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment for pregnant women which is now referred to as the Webster Technique. This technique establishes a balance in the pregnant woman's pelvis and reduces the undue stress to her uterus and supporting ligaments.
Benefits of chiropractic care during Pregnancy
Receiving care of a chiropractor including during pregnancy including pregnancy massages offers benefits such as:
- Controlling nausea
- Relieving back, joint, and neck pain
- Maintaining a healthier pregnancy by aligning the spine and pelvis
- Reducing labor and delivery time
- Reducing the chance of a breech delivery
- Reducing and relieving headaches caused by pregnancy hormones
Is chiropractic care safe during pregnancy?
Most chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant and supporting the wellness of a woman who is pregnant or trying to conceive is a routine care chiropractors. There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout the entire pregnancy.