Prenatal Chiropractic Care
Prenatal Chiropractic Treatment at New Berlins Top-Rated Chiropractor
During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through many endocrinological and physiological changes that can result in pelvic and spinal misalignment. Hormones will loosen the ligaments in the body. A lower center of gravity, loosened ligaments, and the added weight of the baby can create pain and discomfort for the mother. Aside from being generally uncomfortable and painful, this can also result in complications during delivery. Fortunately, chiropractic treatment is safe and effective during pregnancy and can help to restore balance in the body, reduce pressure on the spine and eliminate pain and discomfort.
Get Relief From Prenatal Back Pain
Studies have shown between 50% and 70% of pregnant women experience back pain. There are many reasons why this type of pain occurs. As a woman gains weight each week, the weight is thrust toward the front, pulling the spine forward and placing stress on the spine.
Hormones can also play a role in causing lower back pain during pregnancy. An increase in relaxin, a hormone responsible for softening and relaxing the ligaments, allows the pelvic joints and bones to spread so the infant can be born. However, this increase in relaxin can cause the bones to shift, or may cause them to move in a direction they shouldn’t be in. This can result in nerve compression and severe pain and discomfort.
Symptoms of Prenatal Back Pain
A painful back can prevent you from sleeping through the night, may make it impossible to find a comfortable sitting or sleeping position, and can even prevent you from walking or standing for more than a few minutes at a time. Back pain can range from mild to severe and can become a chronic problem, especially during the final trimester.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help With Back Pain While Pregnant
A chiropractor can examine you to identify any misalignments and perform adjustments that are safe for pregnant women. These adjustments can relieve pressure on the spine, alleviating nerve compression, reducing pain and inflammation, and improving your range of motion, flexibility, and quality of life.
What to Expect at Your Chiropractic Appointment
Chiropractic treatment during pregnancy is similar to the type of chiropractic care you would normally receive when you’re not expecting. If you’re new to chiropractic care, at your first appointment you will be asked to fill out paperwork detailing your pregnancy due date, symptoms, medical history, and any specific concerns you want to address, such as lower back pain.
First, a chiropractor will conduct an assessment to determine your overall mobility and identify any areas of dysfunction or misalignment.
A chiropractor will take the results of the exam and create a personalized care plan that will include treatments and services that are deemed safe during pregnancy. During this time, you can look over your treatment plan and have all of your questions answered.
Your chiropractor’s job is to manipulate your muscles, joints, and spine into alignment. However, they will apply a lower level of pressure than usual and will adjust techniques accordingly.
They may also use a special adjustment called the Webster Technique. This specialized adjustment works to correct a sacral subluxation, balancing the ligaments and muscles in the pelvis.
After an adjustment, your chiropractor may recommend using an ice pack if you experience any soreness as your body adjusts to treatment. In most cases, patients may experience mild soreness for a few hours following an adjustment.
Preventative Prenatal Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can relieve pain, discomfort, and inflammation. Ongoing treatment during pregnancy can prevent pain in the future, and can allow you to enjoy a comfortable, active pregnancy. The frequency of treatment will vary and will depend on many factors, such as any underlying health issues, medical restrictions, and how far along you are.
Make an Appointment With Our Doctor
At Advantage Chiropractic, we offer prenatal chiropractic treatment that’s safe, effective, and gentle on the body. Our chiropractors provide treatments that are designed to relieve common pregnancy aches and pains, improve your mobility, flexibility, and eliminate your pain and discomfort. If you’re ready for a more active and pain-free pregnancy, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Common Questions our Patients Have About Prenatal Chiropractic Treatment
What Does a Prenatal Chiropractor Do?
A prenatal chiropractor is trained in applying controlled pressure, techniques of stretching, and can make specific adjustments that are safe and effective for pregnant women.
Is it Safe to Go to a Chiropractor When Pregnant?
Yes. Seeing a chiropractor is safe during pregnancy, unless you have a high-risk pregnancy and your OB/GYN does not recommend care at this time. In most cases, a pregnant woman can benefit from ongoing chiropractic care throughout their entire pregnancy.
When Should You Start Prenatal Chiropractic Care?
You can start chiropractic treatment at any stage in your pregnancy. Many pregnant women will start treatment during their first trimester and some will seek treatment during the end of their second trimester, when they begin to experience severe round ligament or lower lumbar pain.
Is it Safe to Go to a Chiropractor in the 3rd Trimester?
Yes. Treatment is safe during the final trimester of pregnancy unless stated otherwise by your treating OB/GYN.
Does the Webster Technique Hurt?
Pregnant women tend to find the adjustment comfortable. The technique involves a gentle, downward thrust to the side of the pelvis.
Can I Lay On My Stomach During Chiropractic Treatment if I’m Pregnant?
Chiropractors that provide prenatal chiropractic treatment use specialized equipment, such as tables with belly cutouts that are designed to accommodate a growing abdomen. This will prevent placing any pressure on the infant during treatment.