Relief & Comfort
Chiropractic and Pregnancy
During Pregnancy, chiropractic care can help a woman’s body adapt to the changes.
From conception to birth, your body will change on many levels. Your hormones, your posture, your weight, your mobility and your level of comfort will all change. The great news is chiropractic can help!
How can chiropractic help?
Your spine is made up of 24 moving vertebrae that allow your body to bend, twist and move. Inside your spine is your delicate nervous system. Your nervous system controls and coordinates every cell, tissue, muscle and organ of your body allowing you to live your life.
Stress on your spine, some sudden and some over time like poor posture can cause the bones in the spine to shift out of their normal alignment. When this occurs joints can become “STUCK”. Stuck joints can interfere with the messages between your brain and body and may lead to a symptom.
These symptoms are your body’s only way of letting you know something is wrong. Unfortunately, the absence of pain is not an indication of health. By the time pain and symptoms appear the problem may have been present for months, years or even decades.
Now during pregnancy as your body’s posture small imbalance that may have been present before now become a bigger issue. These changes negatively affect joint function and nerve communication throughout the body.
At the Posture Doctor our qualified and highly trained Chiropractor have done additional studies on the management of pregnant moms and bubs. They can assess your spine for Subluxations and then deliver a gentle, non-invasive, non-addictive therapy called an Adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments reduce the restriction and misalignment in the injured joints, which helps your body to heal by reducing inflammation and improving function in both the affected joints and nervous system.
What are the benefits of chiropractic during pregnancy?
Millions of expectant mothers look to chiropractic for it’s 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 pain
- Relief from neck tension
- Relief from joint pain
- Reduced labour times
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Frequently Asked Questions
Most pregnant women seek from a chiropractor for the relief of lower back or pelvic pain associated with pregnancy. Symptoms may include localized lower back pain, sciatica (radiating leg pain), groin pain, and leg or thigh pain. It is not uncommon for some pregnant mothers to present with middle back pain, rib pain, neck pain or headaches.
Yes! Gentle chiropractic treatment including joint mobilization, soft tissue treatment, and therapeutic exercise is remarkably safe and effective during pregnancy. Our qualified Chiropractors are trained to address the challenges of the pregnant body and will also be able to offer you advice on how to achieve better sleep.
This will depend on what our qualified Chiropractors find with your spine and nervous system. Treatment recommendations may range from 2-3 times per week to once a month.
Combining healthy lifestyle choices with your chiropractic care will always give you better results. Things like drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet can play an important role for both mum and bub. Home care recommendations are given to all our patients, and usually include ice, dura disc exercises, and gentle stretching. We offer a Web Based Exercise program for mums that are looking to stay in shape during their pregnancy. A maternity belt support may be recommended as well.
A research study showed that patients under chiropractic care during pregnancy had decreased labour times by 24-39%!
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 2-4 weeks.