Pregnancy is a dynamic process, with numerous changes taking place in the body within a relatively short span of time. During pregnancy, the adaptive capacity of the human body is nothing short of amazing. Chiropractors work with the innate ability of the body to grow and adapt in all circumstances of life. During pregnancy, there are several physical and hormonal changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby. The following changes could result in dysfunctional joints in the spine or pelvis:
- Protruding abdomen and increased curve of the low back
- increases demand and fatigue on spinal and pelvic muscles
- increases stress on spinal and pelvic ligaments
- increase in lumbar and thoracic spinal curves
- Pelvic changes
- release of the hormone relaxin causes muscle and ligament relaxation
- allows joints to more easily misalign
- Postural adaptations
- changes in weight distribution
Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is another reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy. When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. When there isn’t enough motion in the joints of the pelvis, it may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery.
Chiropractic Treatment of the Pregnant Patient
- GENTLE SPINAL ADJUSTMENT
Specifically designed for use in the pregnant female, adjustments assist in maintaining a spine free from vertebral fixations, optimizing spinal biomechanics and mobility. Furthermore, adjustments assist in pain relief by reducing spinal and pelvic stresses which produce soft tissue pain.
- THERAPEUTIC EXERCISES AND STRETCHES
Exercises provided by a chiropractor are safe for use during pregnancy. They are designed to keep the spinal and pelvic musculature strong, balanced, and pain-free, and to enable the body to hold itself in a neutral posture.
- SOFT TISSUE WORK
Massage, trigger point work, and soft tissue mobilization are used to keep muscles relaxed and flexible, reduce bouts of aches and pains, and reduce stress on the spine and pelvis.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe During Pregnancy?
Chiropractic care during pregnancy is safe for both mother and fetus. Spinal adjustments are especially gentle during pregnancy as far less force is required to correct dysfunction. This is due to the increase in hormones causing significant muscle and ligamentous relaxation. Special positions are also used to provide comfort and safety for both mom and fetus.