Pregnancy and Chiropractic
Chiropractic has an important role to play in the care of women both during and after pregnancy. At a time when the use of drugs is to be avoided, the chiropractic approach is a logical way to help ease pain and discomfort , and promote the health and wellbeing of the mother.
Care during pregnancy
Many problems suffered during pregnancy may be directly related to the health of your spine. These may include backache, headaches, aching legs, sciatica, breathlessness, dizziness, dizziness, nausea and fatigue, 96% of women have been shown to experience back pain during pregnancy.
A woman’s back is particularly vulnerable during pregnancy because of the stress caused by carrying the weight of the unborn baby. Hormonal changes make the pelvis more supple during the latter stages of pregnancy. This may further increase the susceptibility of the spinal joints and supporting muscles and ligaments to sprains and strains at that time. Pregnancy therefore may create new problems which were previously compensated for.
The role of the chiropractor
Chiropractic care helps during pregnancy by:
- Correcting abnormal joint mechanics that lead to joint and nerve stress, thus reducing pain and improving function.
- Maintaining joint function and spinal balance so the spine may adapt to the increased weight and altered posture.
- Ensuring that the joints of the lower back and pelvis are moving freely to assist the birth process. Proper joint movement enhance pelvic opening.
- Educating the expectant mother on the correct posture, lifting and other lifestyle factors in order to reduce spinal stress.
- Recommending exercises to assist spinal health.
Obstetrics is a part of our chiropractors diagnostic education. Combined with extensive study into the locomotor system, our chiropractors are well educated to manage the various mechanical imbalances of the spine and pelvis that may develop due to the increased physical strain of pregnancy.
Care after birth
The process of childbirth places great stress on the spine and pelvis, and their supporting muscles and ligaments. Joints, muscles and ligaments are more supple from hormonal changes for some time after giving birth. This may increase susceptibility to injury. With the added strain on the back, neck and shoulders whilst nursing, feeding and caring for an infant, it is easy to see why many women suffer after childbirth.
Chiropractors recommend that new mothers have their spine examined soon after giving birth. Periodic check-ups maybe recommended to prevent future problems. Not only is it important to care for your own health, but also that of your infant. Many problems of the new born, such as colic and irritability respond well to chiropractic care.