Prenatal & Pregnancy Chiropractic care

Pregnancy is a special time for both the Mum-to-be and the baby. Many Chiropractors focus on specific methods of chiropractic care that are best suited to support this wonderful process right through birth. They also have knowledge and training about the pregnant body and pregnancy-related pain and discomfort. Prenatal chiropractic also focuses more on the pelvis to help with pelvic alignment (which can help with labour and vaginal delivery) and to ensure there’s plenty of room for babies as they grow and invert in the third trimester.

One of the primary focuses of prenatal chiropractic is pelvic alignment. This aspect is crucial for easing discomfort, potentially aiding labour and ensuring optimal conditions for the baby’s growth, particularly in the final trimester.

Expectant mothers often turn to chiropractic care as an alternative method to mitigate back and pelvic pain, which affects about half of all pregnant women. Additionally, a significant percentage of 50% and 75% experience back pain during labour. Studies indicate that chiropractic interventions can alleviate symptoms in up to 85% of women dealing with significant lumbopelvic pain during pregnancy (Borggren, 2007).

Pregnancy-focused chiropractors employ gentle techniques that are safe for both the mother and the baby. They are adept at adjusting their methods to ensure safety, effectiveness, and comfort throughout the various stages of pregnancy.

Physical Changes During Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care

Pregnancy introduces numerous hormonal and physical changes, impacting posture and comfort levels. As the baby’s weight increases, there’s a shift in the body’s centre of gravity, leading to biomechanical adjustments and potential stress in the neuromusculoskeletal system.

These changes often result in a misaligned spine or joints and other discomforts such as:
   – Increased back curvature due to a protruding abdomen
   – Pelvic changes in preparation for labour
   – Postural adaptations due to the changes in the centre of gravity

Chiropractic evaluation and treatment during pregnancy can offer relief from these musculoskeletal symptoms. It’s a recognised method for addressing common discomforts experienced by pregnant individuals and with a proven track record and remarkable history of safety.

Research also suggests that regular chiropractic care may improve the chances of successful natural childbirth (Vallone, 2002). A statistics review found that women who sought chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy had shorter labour times—25% shorter for first-time pregnancies and 31% shorter for subsequent pregnancies (Borggren, 2007).

The Webster technique

The chiropractor’s role in breech presentation is to balance the pelvis and corresponding muscles and ligaments to remove the constraint on the patient’s uterus and allow the baby to assume the correct presenting position (Ohm, 2001). The chiropractor does not attempt to change the baby’s position; the chiropractor only attempts to correct a potential cause of intrauterine constraint (Pistolese, 2002).

Post-Natal Chiropractic

Postnatal chiropractic care focuses on addressing musculoskeletal issues after delivery, including lower back pain, pelvic pain, nerve pain, and postural problems resulting from factors like pregnancy weight gain, labour, carrying a baby postpartum, and breastfeeding.

Persistent poor posture can contribute to pain and reduced mobility, necessitating rehabilitation. Research indicates that women experiencing moderate to severe pelvic pain during pregnancy are more likely to have postpartum complaints (Damon et al., 2002). Continued chiropractic care postpartum can aid in restoring normal spinal biomechanics and addressing musculoskeletal health concerns. Postnatal care may include postural assessments, gentle treatments, and guidance for optimal recovery.

Chiropractic Life’s Commitment

Prenatal and Postnatal Chiropractic care is very safe and is increasingly favoured as a healthcare option due to its natural and non-invasive nature. If you are looking for relief from back pain, pelvic pain or nerve pain during your pregnancy, Chiropractic could help.

Our chiropractic adjustments are designed to be gentle, safe techniques for both mother and baby.

To make an appointment with one of our registered chiropractors, please visit www.chiropracticlife.com.au/locations to find a convenient location near you.

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