Chiropractic and Pregnancy
Chiropractic can be highly effective in treating back pain and the other stresses and strains associated with pregnancy. As it is drug-free and non-invasive, it is entirely safe for pregnant women and can help enhance their overall sense of well-being.
Many women experience back pain and other associated strains during pregnancy and are seeking relief and ways to cope with the changes that their body is undergoing. Chiropractic is an extremely safe, non-invasive treatment that is especially suited to pregnant women, providing a simple and effective way of addressing these issues, and is beneficial to expectant mothers both during pregnancy and in the weeks following childbirth.
Pregnancy and Back Pain
It is not at all uncommon for women to experience varying degrees of back pain and discomfort during pregnancy. This is largely due to postural adaptations made as a result of the unusual strains that pregnancy places on the spine, as the accompanying change in a woman’s centre of gravity means that there is often increased curvature of the spine in both the lower and upper back.
This misalignment can also mean that other parts of the body do not function as effectively as they might, as the nervous system is not communicating at optimum level with all the body’s extremities, perhaps leading to increased stress on joints, muscle spams, and pain in ligaments and tendons. As a consequence, some expectant mothers might also experience a lack of balance, along with neck pain and headaches.
These are some of the many reasons that pregnant women frequently seek chiropractic care during their pregnancies, as a means of realigning the body and helping it to adapt to and cope with the many physical changes that are taking place.
How does Chiropractic Help Pregnant Women?
Many pregnant women find that significant relief from back pain and other associated strains can be afforded by chiropractic adjustment during their pregnancy. This is because it is holistic, drug-free and non-invasive, and seeks to restore the proper functioning relationship between the nervous system and spine with the body’s bones, organs, joints, tissues and muscles. Chiropractic’s emphasis on restoring the proper alignment of the spine means it is a particularly effective way of addressing back pain associated with pregnancy, and because chiropractic is gentle and painless, most pregnant women feel extremely comfortable and relaxed during a chiropractic consultation.
An enhanced sense of well-being is also a result of chiropractic treatment, meaning expectant mothers feel healthier and more able to cope with the changes their bodies are undergoing. This may be useful in helping pregnant women to sleep better, which in turn helps them in managing any associated stress. In addition, chiropractors can also help pregnant women to address lifestyle issues that may also impact on their feelings of comfort, giving advice and guidance on posture and how they use their bodies whilst pregnant, and what sort of exercise regime it might be useful for them to maintain.
Is Chiropractic Helpful After Childbirth?
As well as being beneficial to women during their pregnancies, chiropractic can also help mothers after they have given birth, as it assists in ensuring that their posture, and the position of their spine and pelvis, return to normal. Regular chiropractic alignment during the weeks following childbirth can also help to ensure that muscles and ligaments do not become strained or damaged as they return to their pre-pregnancy state.