Many women experience back pain during pregnancy, and chiropractic care can help. In fact, studies have shown that by providing a consistent program of chiropractic care for the mum-to-be in pregnancy, the nervous system and spine display healthy benefits before, during, and after birth. There is certainly no need to cease chiropractic care due to pregnancy. Chiropractic care can be applied safely through all stages of pregnancy and thereafter.
Chiropractic and Pregnancy
Pregnancy should be an enjoyable life experience. During pregnancy, however, a woman’s body goes through enormous changes. Due to ligament laxity and the shifting of the centre of gravity, mothers-to-be can develop poor posture and more than 50% of pregnant women experience low back pain.
There are many difficulties that you may experience during pregnancy, such as back pain, sore legs, headaches, sciatica, shortness of breath, dizziness, morning sickness, fatigue and Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (pelvic pain) that can be attributable to the health of your spine. Since chiropractors are trained to recognise dysfunction in the spine and surrounding muscles and joints, chiropractic can be a great source of relief during the 9 months of pregnancy and beyond.Chiropractic offers safe, gentle, and drug-free treatment alternatives for the relief of discomfort during
pregnancy. It can play an important role in ensuring that your body and spine are functioning normally. This can result in less pain for the mother-to-be and more room for the developing baby so that both mother and baby can experience less physical and emotional stress.
Also, by reducing the stresses and strains on the joints and muscles, normal daily activities can be continued throughout the 9 months. Many women who are cared for by chiropractors find that labour is shorter and less painful.
The Chiropractic Aim
The goal is to support the whole body to function at its best throughout pregnancy, reducing tension in the spine and pelvis, supporting as the stress on the musculoskeletal frame increases, and maintaining good balance and stability of the pelvis.
Chiropractors provide appropriate exercise advice according to the person’s pre-pregnancy level of fitness and current condition. Exercises can include those which activate the core muscles and pelvic floor and those which stabilise and re-balance the pelvis.