This period of rapid development, hormonal changes, the laxity of connective ligaments, and shifting of weight-bearing structures, may cause many pregnant women to experience low back pain. Chiropractic care can be quite helpful.
Besides helping to relieve the discomfort many expectant mother's experience, chiropractic care helps normalize nerve system function. This is an important component of overall good health. The benefits of chiropractic care may also be noticed during delivery. Many chiropractic patients report that their deliveries were faster and more comfortable than deliveries previous to chiropractic care.
Your Doctor of Chiropractic will take special precautions with you during your pregnancy. Modifications to the table or adjusting techniques are made during each stage of pregnancy.
Pamper yourself and your baby with regular chiropractic checkups.
How Else Can Chiropractic help?
Often Chiropractors who focus on pregnancy are trained in a technique known as the Webster Technique. This is a set of adjustments that help reduce any tension place on the uterus allowing it to relax. When the uterus is relaxed, the baby will often turn into the proper head down position, reducing the risk of a breech baby. For more information ask your Chiropractor or midwife.
Along with Chiropractic adjustments, regular exercise is essential.
Be sure to ask your Chiropractor for specific exercises for you. Some general recommendations are:
- Swimming - Swimming is great exercise because it uses large muscle groups (arms and legs). Though low-impact, it provides good cardiovascular benefits, and allows you to feel weightless despite the extra pounds of pregnancy. It's also a very safe form of exercise because the risk of injury is low.
- Stretching - Stretching is essential to keep your spine strong and free of subluxations.
- Proper Posture - great posture is key to keep the physical stress on your spine to a minimum. Keep your head over your shoulder and keep your shoulders over your hips.