The Importance Of Prenatal Chiropractic Care

by Administrator 24. February 2017 23:12

A woman’s body undergoes various physical changes during pregnancy. In order to cope up with the severities that come along with pregnancy, it is important to stay healthy. Prenatal chiropractic care can help to maintain a balance in the body and ensure that the abdominal muscles are strong enough to bear the rigors of a childbirth.

Chiropractic care can help the would be mother in the following ways-

  • Preventing subluxations - The developing baby inside the womb may put pressure on the pelvic bones and due to the relaxation of the muscles and ligaments even the spine may get misaligned, leading to subluxation. This condition may make the mother uncomfortable and affect her nervous system by building pressure on the nerves, which may lead to muscle weakness, pain, sensory issues and improper functioning of other organs.

In order to improve the neuro-biomechanical function of the pelvis and eliminate subluxation issues, chiropractors use the Webster technique on their patients. In this the chiropractor aligns the two complex bones, pelvis and sacrum present at the bottom of the spine whose misalignment may cause severe low back pain and problem in the atlas bone, making it difficult for the patient to stand and walk.

  • Proper position of the fetus- The Webster technique helps the patients to prevent the breech position (the head isn’t upside down) of the baby. Uterosacral and pubocervical ligaments hold the uterus and act as shock absorbers in the abdomen. With the progress in pregnancy these ligaments become stretched, tight and thin causing sharp pain with any sudden movements such as sneezing, coughing etc. These constricted ligaments may restrict the normal movement of baby, causing it to remain in that position. The chiropractor applies pressure on these ligaments to help the patient obtain a vertex (head is upside down) position of their baby.

Chiropractic treatment also ensures that the s minimum labor pain while giving birth.

  • Prevention of Dystocia - It is a condition in which cervix and uterus muscles do not contract properly while giving birth and is the most common cause of intervention surgery. Uterus’ and cervix’s improper functioning may result from reduced neurological impulses which affect the optimal working of their muscles. Adequate spinal and cranial muscles adjustments given by chiropractors may help the patients to restore the functioning of these organs.
  • Reduce the poor posture problems – The protruding belly during pregnancy lays stress on your back and increases the curve which causes pain and posture related issues. Effective chiropractic techniques can help to eliminate this stress and prevent the long term problems.
  • Control pregnancy symptoms – Regular chiropractic care is effective in handling the regular symptoms of pregnancy such as nausea and morning sickness.

In order to avoid complications in pregnancy the chiropractors suggest their patients to follow certain preventive measures –

  • Swimming, walking or stationary cycling are the recommended exercises. They help to prevent stiffness and enhance the blood flow in the body. In case, a patient experiences nausea or dizziness, the exercise must be stopped.
  • Wearing flat shoes may be suggested to maintain a healthy spine.
  • The patients may be asked to bend using their knees instead of back, to avoid pressure on the abdomen.
  • To take pressure off the lower back, sleeping on the side with pillows kept between the knees may be recommended. For this, full length pillows and pregnancy wedges may be used.
  • The patients may be advised to take small meals after short intervals to alleviate nausea and maintain sugar balance of the body.
  • Chiropractors suggest their patients to consume diet rich in vitamins, minerals and iron for the perfect growth of developing fetus.
  • Chiropractic treatment is usually a safe and an effective practice during pregnancy. A regular chiropractic checkup and treatment can help to manage pain in patient’s back, hip or other joints. It can also help to restore the pelvic balance and reduce the delivery time. 

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, offer complete chiropractic care for would-be mothers to make sure that they have a happy pregnancy period. For more information about how chiropractic care can be helpful, feel free to call us at (254) 698 – 1600.

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