Pregnancy and Chiropractic
During pregnancy, weight bearing-changes occur. This can cause an added stress to the spine. Chiropractic care during pregnancy not only can help you to stay more comfortable, but can also help to facilitate your birth.
Over the course of a forty week gestation, a mother's weight gain will ideally reach somewhere between 30-40 lbs. This increase in weight can create spinal misalignment and/or postural distortions, which in turn affect nerves, muscles and mobility of joints. As the bulk of this weight is deposited in the abdominal area, the mother's center of gravity shifts forward. In order to compensate, the natural curves of the spine, particularly in the lumbar region, become exaggerated causing "low back pain".
The hips may also expand laterally to help stabilize the body, putting pressure on the sacroiliac joints. The hormones of pregnancy cause muscles, ligaments, cartilage (such as the symphisis pubis), and even bones to "soften" and become more pliable. Pelvic bones "slip" and can become more easily displaced and/or fixated. In addition, certain round ligaments attach to pelvis bones and then to the uterus as it enlarges with the growth of the baby. When these ligaments are strained or torqued, as with sudden movement or "rolling over", they can cause even more discomfort for the pregnant mother.
Benefits and facts of Prenatal Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care during pregnancy:
* Is very safe and we have a special table to accomidate the ever growing baby. Above are pictures of our special pregancy table where you can see how it adjusts to accomidate pregnancy.
*Corrects vertebral misalignment and relieves pressure with gentle and effective adjustments.
*Helps ensure that pelvic bones are properly aligned, facilitating a quicker, easier delivery.
*Re-establishes the natural position and mobility of the joints.
*Provides freedom from interference of normal nerve energy which is vital for the development of a healthy baby and mother
*Chiropractic care during pregnancy has been shown to significantly reduce the length of time a woman labors. First time moms averaged a 24 percent shorter labor, while mothers who have already given birth experienced a 39 reduction in the average labor length, compared to controls (Fallon, 1991).
*Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy can also reduce the likelihood of experiencing back labor (Diakow, 1991).
*Regular chiropractic adjustments can safely continue up until the time of birth (Penna, 1989).
Best of all, It's Drug Free & highly effective in relieving back pain!