All chiropractors are trained to work with pregnant women and some take a specific interest in prenatal and postnatal care. There are no known contradictions to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy, in fact, more women are seeking chiropractic treatment for pregnancy related aches and pains.
In preparation to create the environment for the developing baby, there are several bodily changes that occur over the course of gestation. Some of these changes include:
- Pelvic changes
- Postural adaptations
- Protruding abdomen
- Increased back curve
Chiropractic care will maintain the spinal column, discs, related nerves and bone geometry without any medical interventions. The trained professionals use the art and science of adjusting misaligned joints of the body (especially the spine) which reduces spinal nerve stress and therefore promotes good health throughout the body. A chiropractor who is specifically trained in the needs of pregnant women can also provide them with exercises and stretches that are safe to use during pregnancy.
The late Larry Webster, D.C., Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) developed an analysis and adjustment which enables chiropractors to create balance in the pregnant woman’s pelvis and reduce undue stress to her uterus ad supporting ligaments. Here is a video by Bloomington Wellness Centre1 that features Dr Brittany demonstrating the Webster technique on Daniela, who is 37 weeks pregnant:
Seeing a chiropractor for pregnancy related symptoms is effective and natural. Listed below are 2 common reasons why most women seek Chiropractic treatments during a pregnancy:
- Back Pain: Postural changes can affect the way you move and put strain on your lower back. Back pain is a common symptom of pregnancy that can be brought about by sudden weight gain that needs to be supported by the spine. The growing baby puts pressure on the nerves of the pelvis and back, also causing lower back pain and sciatica.
Through chiropractic adjustments, movement can be resorted in the locked or fixated joints of the lower back, removing pressure on the nerves and helping muscles relax.
- Neck Pain: As a result of the quickly growing baby (during the later stages of the 2nd trimester and the beginning of the 3rd), women push their heads forward to compensate for the extra weight pulling down in the front.
Chiropractors, that specialize in pregnancy-related pains, can provide patients with exercises that can be performed at home to strengthen muscles in the lower back and neck. This will help them manage the strain and also provide them with pain relief.
The pelvis is extremely important when it comes to childbirth; if it is unable to move properly, it can lead to a lot of pain during delivery for both mother and baby. The balance and alignment in the spine and pelvis (result of a chiropractic treatment) has clinically shown to allow the fetus to get into the optimal position. The treatment dramatically increases a woman’s chances of delivering her baby with fewer complications and in a shorter period of time.