The Benefits of Chiropractic During Pregnancy

Chiropractic is an artful science of aligning joints in the spine and body to improve and maintain healthy nervous systems and structural alignments. The benefits of chiropractic are far-reaching because proper alignment and maintenance of the spinal column have been proven to relieve stress on nerves, protect discs from degeneration and positively impact posture in the body which in turn reduces pain and discomfort.

People experience misalignments, stress and aches in the body for a multitude of reasons, many easily remedied by chiropractic care with a skilled professional. When someone’s body goes through a radical change due to an injury, weight gain or habitual movement patterns there will surely be structural responses in the body to compensate for the changes over time. Pregnancy is a unique body transformation that forces the body to not only gain weight rapidly, but because the weight is not distributed evenly around the body and tends to develop mostly in the lower belly, there is an exaggerated pressure on the lower back and therefore the entire spine and structure of the mother can shift.

Chiropractic care is a great way to help reduce symptoms of overall pain, nausea, joint stiffness, misalignment, back/neck pain and discomfort during pregnancy. By being regularly adjusted, an expecting mother can maintain a better structural alignment in her body as she moves around, sleeps, and prepares for her delivery. During pregnancy there are several endocrinological and physiological changes in the body that can lead to structural misalignments. Some of these include:

– Protruding abdomen and Increased back curve

– Rapid weight gain and excessive weight gain throughout the body

– Postural adaptations

– Pelvic changes

Maintaining pelvic balance and alignment is the most important reason for chiropractic care during pregnancy because a misaligned pelvis creates a restriction called intrauterine constraint which reduces the amount of room for the developing baby and can also make it difficult to achieve an ideal position for delivery.

Chiropractic care has been able to help with pelvic misalignments and is a great step towards planning a natural, non-invasive birth. Studies have shown that proper alignment in a woman’s pelvis increases the space for the developing baby, reduces difficulty in delivery and reduces undue stress to the uterus and supporting ligaments. All chiropractors are trained in pregnancy adjustments and there are no contraindications to chiropractic during pregnancy. Some chiropractors go beyond their basic trainings to become more knowledgeable about techniques, exercises and other helpful information to share with the expecting mother both prenatal and for her post-natal wellness rebalancing.

It is always recommended that a patient communicates with her doctor and primary health care professionals about methods of care and many doctors and nurses support the use of chiropractic care for the alignment benefits and pain reduction throughout and after pregnancy.

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