A woman’s innate ability to create, grow, and give birth to a child is one of life’s most beautiful gifts. Throughout the process of pregnancy, women are responsible for protecting, nourishing and nurturing their growing baby. At Mount Street Chiropractic, we understand the unique pressures placed on a pregnant body and the challenges associated with pregnancy. During pregnancy, a woman’s centre of gravity shifts forward due to the abdomen’s protrusion. Along with the additional weight of carrying a baby, large amounts of strain are put on a woman’s lower back, pelvis and sacroiliac joint. This can ultimately create discomfort and symptomatic pain. Chiropractors can treat and potentially improve these symptoms through careful adjustments.
Here are some of the benefits of chiropractic care for pregnant women:
Drug-free treatment option
Women throughout the pregnancy phase are cautious with what foods, drinks and medications they ingest. This is to not harm the development and health of their growing child. Chiropractic may act as an alternative to pharmaceutical pain relief as a natural form of therapy. Studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care is 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs for neck and back pain.
Muscular skeletal and Sciatica Relief
The sciatica nerve runs from your lower back through hips and buttocks and down each leg. Due to the stresses of pregnancy, women can experience severe sciatica pain. Through adjustments to the lower back, chiropractic care may help to ease these symptoms. Furthermore, chiropractic care during pregnancy can be an effective means of treating common musculoskeletal symptoms, such as lower back, thigh, pelvis, leg, neck, and shoulder pain. Furthermore, chiropractors can prescribe home exercises to improve posture in order to enhance the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment and potential symptom relief.
Better Birth Positioning
During pregnancy a woman’s pelvis is put under severe pressure. This can cause pelvic misalignment and unbalancing of the uterus, which can affect the child’s foetal position. This can make it difficult for a baby to move from the breech position to a cephalic position prior to birth. Adjustments can help to balance the pelvis and provide an improved position for a baby during pregnancy.
Reduces Labour Duration
Chiropractic care may also affect a woman’s period in labour. Dr Joan Fallon’s 1993 study found that pregnant mothers receiving chiropractic care for back pain had a shorter period in labour on average. The study showed that first time mothers (without chiropractic care) had an average labour time of 14 hours; whereas those who received chiropractic care, averaged a labour duration of 8 hours. Furthermore, for women who were delivering a subsequent child averaged a labour time of 9 hours; whilst those receiving chiropractic care averaged a labour time of 4 to 5 hours. This may demonstrate a link between chiropractic care during pregnancy and a more efficient labour process.
Improved post-natal recovery
Physical and biochemical changes that occur during pregnancy cease abruptly after birth. Postnatal chiropractic care may help you to recover. This is through adjustments which aim to promote the natural healing and regenerative properties of the body. This is through the alignment of the spine to improve the function of the central nervous system.
For further questions and treatment options during your pregnancy you can contact us through the following mediums:
Call us on: 03 9455 3000
Visit us at: 124 Mount Street, Heidelberg, Victoria 3084