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Chiropractic Care Can Help with Pregnancy

Being a mother is a joyful and wondrous thing, but getting there can be difficult. Bringing a new life into the world requires significant and prolonged changes to the body. These changes can cause many physical and mental ailments for some women. While modern medicine offers some treatments for these ailments, such as medication, there are many natural remedies that can be used instead. Chiropractic care offers a range of techniques that can be used for many different ailments, including ailments caused by pregnancy.


Back Pain is a Common Issue

One of the most common issues with pregnancy is back pain. As is the case with many physical ailments, chiropractic care can help ease some of the burdens of pregnancy. When women go through pregnancy they typical gain between 25 and 35 pounds. In order to accommodate this new weight, the spine must adjust, causing lower back pain. Regular visits to a chiropractor can help pregnant women in a number of ways. Spinal adjustments can help to relieve pain and make for an overall healthier lower back. Additionally, a chiropractor can inform pregnant women on correct posture and stretches to alleviate pain throughout the day.


Relieving Sciatic Pain

The added weight from pregnancy doesn’t just affect the spine. The weight of a baby can put pressure on blood vessels and nerves in the pelvis and back. One of the most common symptoms of this pressure is known as sciatic pain. The sciatic nerve runs from the uterus down the legs and is the largest nerve in the body. Pressure on this nerve can cause a range of issues, including pain, muscle tension, sacroiliac joint dysfunction and less commonly herniated disk. There are a few chiropractic stretches that can be used in order to relieve these symptoms, but you should first consult a doctor before trying these them.

  • Seated Piriformis Stretch: While sitting on a chain, place on ankle on the opposite knee. Lean forward slowly and gently stretch the back.
  • Table Stretch: Lean on a table and push hips away to stretch the entire back.
  • Hip Flexor Stretch: Lunge forward with one knee while kneeling with the other, like so.


Reduced Complications

Pregnancy will cause significant changes to both the spine and the pelvis, leading to a number of issues. Fortunately, these are chiropractor’s specialties. In particular, pelvis issues in pregnant women can lead to complications during childbirth. Positioning of the baby is important for a healthy and less painful delivery. Much of the positioning of the baby before birth is dependent on the alignment of the pelvis. While these kinds of complications are rare, regular chiropractic visits can help reduce some of these complications and make for an easier delivery.


Less Overall Stress

The stress associated with being pregnant and giving birth is large and well known. Chiropractic care can help reduce this stress and increase overall well-being. A multitude of studies show that regular spinal manipulations and other chiropractic techniques can increase sympathetic relaxation and reduce pain, leading to less overall stress. Pregnant women need to watch their stress levels for the health of the baby and to ensure a healthy delivery.

Published: October 12th, 2016