This is a guest post by Jenine McCann, her bio is below. Jenine understands the body so well, especially the concerns of a pregnant woman. We know there are specific issues that will come up through pregnancy (hello, low back pain) and chiropractic techniques can really save you if you’re hurting…or better yet, if you want to prevent yourself from hurting. Keeping the body, especially the pelvis, optimally aligned can be incredibly helpful in reducing aches and can set you up for a potentially easier labour – who doesn’t want that?!
(It doesn’t have to be like this all the time)
With more pregnant women taking the lead role in their health through a natural approach, chiropractic should be on the list to consider as an alternative health care option. Chiropractors use a drug-free manual therapy to assess, diagnose and treat the neurological, muscular and skeletal systems of the body. The most common form of treatment is through an adjustment that is performed on detected dysfunctional joints of the spine, pelvis, and extremities. The chiropractic adjustment is a non-invasive and highly specific procedure that restores proper movements of the joints, helps manage pain, relaxes supporting tissues, and allows for the whole body to work optimally.
How will it help me?
A common misconception of chiropractic care is that symptoms must be present before seeking treatment. This in fact is not the case. Chiropractors concentrate on preventative care and are able to detect problems within the interconnected neurological and musculoskeletal systems before the presentation of pain or noticeable imbalances. Regular preventative care can help provide overall long term benefits in health and wellness.
One of the most common treatments chiropractors provide to pregnant women is the management of low back pain. When weight is gained, the stress on the joints in the spine increases. With most of this weight in the front there is a drastic change in load distribution and an increased lordosis of the lumbar spine. Due to the hormonal changes in estrogen, progesterone and relaxin throughout pregnancy, ligaments become more lax and structural and mechanical changes occur. All of these necessary, yet taxing, changes on a woman’s body can create an imbalance in the nervous system and prevent the body from optimally working.
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What will the chiropractor do?
Chiropractors assess imbalances and help ensure that joints, muscles, and nerves are functioning optimally. A balanced system assists in a comfortable overall pregnancy and contributes to a speedier and less complicated delivery. Even late in pregnancy, there are various ways that chiropractors are able to treat women with certain positions, adjusting tables, and pillows that ensure comfort and safety.
Chiropractors provide adjustments, but can also perform soft tissue work, explain exercises and stretches, give nutritional advice, and can offer assistance in co-management plans with other health care providers. I encourage all pregnant women to become educated on the various health care options available and how these health care providers can help them achieve a healthy pregnancy. It is so important to talk to other women who seek chiropractic care, and to research the health care and medical needs that will help to improve your pregnancy and birthing experience.
Where can I find out more information?
If you’ve never thought about chiropractic before, it might be something that’s right for you. Check out these fantastic resources below for you to check out for more information, especially if you’re “science-y” and need more proof!
- Finding a Chiropractor who specializes in Obstetrics or Pediatric Care
- About Webster’s Technique (especially important for optimal position in labour and delivery)
- Chiropractic for you and your children
- Review of literature for chiropractic care in pregnancy
About the author: Jenine is currently studying at New York Chiropractic College. She has a keen interest in obstetrics and pediatrics and plans to make this her focus once once she’s in practice. If you would like more information, don’t hesitate to contact Jenine at firstname.lastname@example.org.