Chiropractic treatment can help alleviate many painful and uncomfortable symptoms during pregnancy. During pregnancy, the body secretes hormones that help to relax ligaments. These hormones are produced to let the pelvis expand during delivery. However, because they affect all ligaments in the body the laxity can cause any joint, especially spinal joints, to become loose and unstable, leading to malfunction and pain. The rapidly increasing abdominal weight changes the center of gravity causing a swayback posture. This puts stress on the joints and muscles in the low back creating misalignments, which in turn cause discomfort and pain.
Low back pain is the most common reason that pregnant women seek chiropractic care. The pain can range from mild discomfort to being debilitating, with stabbing or shooting pain into the legs and buttocks.
Mid-back pain is also a frequent complaint, due to the postural changes in the low back and the breasts becoming denser and heavier. Headaches and migraines due to postural or hormonal changes are other frequent complaints during pregnancy.
There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy, and generally is a method of choice, because it helps without using medications, a benefit to the mother and baby.
Chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant or who are trying to conceive. With gentle spinal and pelvic adjustments, soft tissue manipulation and massage, chiropractic can help the patient remain as comfortable and pain free as possible. Keeping the spine and pelvis aligned and functioning through pregnancy can also make labor and delivery less stressful. Many women who receive chiropractic treatment throughout their pregnancy have less back labor, as well as shortened labor. Many symptoms that may occur with pregnancy can be alleviated or reduced with chiropractic therapy. Low back pain, sciatica, leg cramps, mid-back pain, neck pain, headaches, and carpal tunnel symptoms can all be relieved.
Woman having difficulty with conception may also benefit from chiropractic. Many fertility issues may be the result of stress, malfunction of the nervous system, nutritional deficiencies and poor lifestyle habits. Chiropractic works towards restoring the body's natural function through the use of chiropractic spinal and pelvic adjustments, along with manual muscular manipulation, hormonal balancing with acupressure, nutritional counseling, exercise and lifestyle counseling. Chiropractic can also be used in conjunction with traditional approaches to fertility issues and can aid in the success of medical procedures such as IVF.
I have had success in helping women through their pregnancy and beyond, as well as success in dealing with infertility. Call for a complimentary consultation to see if I may be able to help you.