Chiropractor and Pregnancy
More and more health care providers are referring their patients to see a chiropractor while pregnant for chiropractic care. It’s easy to see why. Your entire body is changing to accommodate another growing person and deliver them safely when it’s time. These endocrine and physiological changes put huge a strain on your spine, pelvis, and joints. Because of all the changes occurring, seeing a pregnancy chiropractor is best because there is no other time when you need your nervous system functioning at peak capacity. Subluxation- or misalignment- of the spine prevents your nervous system from doing its job, worsening symptoms of nausea and leading to that lower back pain that is so common in mothers to be.
That adorable bump in front of you will be your child soon. It’s also getting heavy. That extra weight can shift your body’s center of gravity up and forward, affecting your posture and gait. Even the slightest irregularity in the way you walk can lead to a major misalignment of your pelvis and spine. To be as comfortable as possible during your pregnancy, labor, delivery and post-partum period, your Chiropractor will monitor several things.
First, it’s essential your pelvis is balanced during its own metamorphosis in the months leading up to birth. Like many, you may not be aware that there are actually joints in your pelvis! The joint in front is called the symphosis pubis while the joints in back (near your tailbone) are called the sacro iliac joints. Pregnancy hormones are excreted to soften and relax the ligaments allowing those joints to loosen and open. This provides space for the baby to grow and eventually move through your birth canal. In the later months of pregnancy, those muscles usually get pretty strained and tight, leading to discomfort and lower back aches. Your Chiropractor uses a special adjustment called the Webster Technique to relieve the strain, restore function to any formerly blocked nerves, and to allow your baby to optimally position his/herself.
Your Chiropractor will also ensure that the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions of your spine are optimally aligned. (That's the neck, upper torso, and lower back respectively.) She'll use special, targeted methods of adjustment that avoid putting too much pressure on your abdomen. An optimally aligned spine ensures that your brain is effectively communicating with the rest of your body and functioning correctly. Misalignment of your atlas (the vertebra at the very top of your spine) can worsen dizziness, insomnia, nausea, and headaches. It can also cause a head tilt, which slowly leads to a cascade of subluxations down your spine as your body compensates. Correcting pre-existing subluxations also remains of the utmost importance, as you need your nervous system functioning as best as possible.
At Advanced Spine & Sports Care, we have a multi-disciplinary approach to Chiropractic. We combine physical therapy and massage to help your body heal and function as best as it possibly can. This philosophy extends to your treatment during pregnancy. You'll be provided with beneficial stretches and exercises that are safe for you to use. They'll help strengthen your muscles, encouraging your body to better hold the adjustments made during your visits. We'll also work on building strength in specific areas you'll need during labor, carefully monitoring your therapy to ensure it's working well for you.
You, your healthcare provider, and your chiropractor all want the same things. A delivery that's as easy and pain-free as possible, a healthy baby, and a speedy recovery post-partum. When you have the good fortune to discover you're pregnant, don't forget to visit your chiropractor for a free well-check!