Pregnancy can be a wonderful, life-affirming time in a woman’s life. It can also be a time of concern over minimizing risks of complications, so the process goes as smoothly as possible for the mother and child.
Many bodily changes occur during pregnancy, and a great deal of pressure is placed on the spine and surrounding muscles.
The average woman gains 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. The shifting center of gravity causes biomechanical stress that leave a woman vulnerable to vertebral subluxation and muscle spasms resulting in low back pain.
When seeking options for relief of this discomfort, it is common to wonder whether chiropractic care would be beneficial and safe.
Chiropractic Care Is Beneficial
Many women find that chiropractic adjustments provide relief from the pains of pregnancy. The treatments lower the stress in joints and muscles so they are better able to carry out normal activities. Many women also experience a shorter and less painful labor.
A report by the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine found that 72% of pregnant women who sought chiropractic care for back pain in addition to their other medical care were likely to have benefited.
Chiropractic care is also helpful before pregnancy. A pre-conception adjustment can help balance the spine and prepare for the upcoming weight gain.
Postpartum adjustments can help a woman to have a more smooth recovery. Your chiropractor can suggest stretches and exercises to help maintain a strong and healthy spine during all stages.
Safe for Mother and Child
Some women may worry whether going to a chiropractor during pregnancy could cause complications. Chiropractors have the skills necessary to safely work on pregnant women. They are trained to perform adjustments without putting any pressure on the abdomen.
Chiropractic treatment can help correct misalignments affecting the spine, joints and pelvis that could cause complications during childbirth.
At Barbati and Davies Chiropractic, we evaluate each patient’s needs and limitations. We seek to help our expecting patients have more comfortable and trouble free pregnancies.