Chiropractic for Pregnancy?
The physical stress of pregnancy can lead to a great deal of discomfort. It's common for women in Willowbrook to visit a chiropractic office regularly for low back pain, as well as other related issues, such as sciatica, leg cramps and constipation. This can lead to difficulty performing daily tasks as well as difficulties in labor.
Chiropractic treatment for pregnancy can be an outstanding source of relief for back pain. Many women also comment that the birthing process was easier after having undergone chiropractic treatments. The following article takes a more in-depth look at the discomfort caused by pregnancy and explains exactly how chiropractic treatment can help.
Prenatal Chiropractic in Willowbrook
During pregnancy, a woman’s body is undergoing a number of different changes to accommodate the growing baby. As the baby grows, a mother’s center of gravity shifts to the front of her pelvis, resulting in added stress and discomfort in the lower back and the various joints of the pelvis. At the peak of pregnancy, resulting from the associated weight gain, the curve in the lower back (lordotic curve) can increase to the point of causing serious impact on the vertebral joints, the sacrum, and the hip joints.
The nerves that travel to all other parts of the body have their origin in the spine. When the spine is compressed, these nerves can become irritated causing the pain to radiate to other areas of the body. Sciatica is a condition commonly stimulated by pregnancy, involving pain that radiates from the lower back all the way down the legs.
If a previous issue exists with the alignment of the spine, and there has been a history of lower back problems, pregnancy will often aggravate the condition. Pregnancy can cause the spine to become misaligned to the point that it does not simply go back into place once the pregnancy is complete. This can make the tasks that become necessary once the child is born, such as carrying a baby on your front or back, breast-feeding, and bending over to lift and pick things up, painfully difficult.
Prenatal Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic practitioners can provide safe and effective personalized care throughout your pregnancy and in the postpartum period. A thorough examination will determine the best treatment to address your discomfort and prepare the body for the height of pregnancy and childbirth. There are specialized adjustment methods to accommodate pregnancy. These treatments may reduce the need for pain medications throughout the delivery as well as help to reduce labor time. Follow up treatments can assist in realigning the body after the pregnancy and speed up the transition to a healthy post-pregnancy body.
If you are curious about how chiropractic can help you with your pregnancy call our team at Complete Health Chiropractic today. We are here to help.
Why is chiropractic care important for pregnant women?
Having a pelvis that is properly balanced and aligned reduces the amount of effort and pain in delivery. When the pelvis isn’t properly aligned, the baby has less room available to grow and develop. It’s also more difficult for the baby to get into the right position before delivery when the pelvis isn’t balanced and aligned properly.
How does chiropractic care help in pregnancy?
Pregnancy brings about many physiological changes for the woman to create an environment suitable for the baby’s development. During pregnancy, the belly protrudes, which causes the back to curve inward. The pelvis also changes significantly during pregnancy. In many cases, this leads to problems with the alignment of the patient’s spine and joints. When these issues aren’t addressed, the patient may experience pain, stiffness, and other issues. These problems can also interfere with labor and the delivery of the baby.
What are the benefits of chiropractic care for pregnant women?
Chiropractic care may provide a number of benefits for pregnant women, including:
- Relief from pain in the neck, back, and joints
- An easier labor and delivery
- Reduced intensity of nausea and other symptoms
- Less chance of a cesarean delivery
- A healthier overall pregnancy
Is chiropractic care safe during pregnancy?
Chiropractic care is believed to be generally safe for patients during pregnancy. Dr. Menton is trained to work with pregnant patients. He knows how to provide care that’s both safe and appropriate for each individual woman.
When can patients begin chiropractic care in pregnancy?
Patients can begin chiropractic care as soon as they know they’re pregnant. Chiropractic care is appropriate from the beginning of the pregnancy through delivery. Patients can also benefit from chiropractic care sessions before and after pregnancy. In fact, some women who are trying to conceive find that they benefit from chiropractic care.
Is chiropractic care beneficial after delivery?
Many women find that chiropractic care after delivery of a baby can help them to regain their previous shape and stamina faster. Patients can return to chiropractic care as soon as they’ve been released from the hospital.
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