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Did you know that recent studies indicate that almost 80% of women experience lower back and/or pelvic problems (and pain) during pregnancy? In addition, the inability to do much about it has led many women to feel that they could not enjoy their pregnancy due to such discomfort. For this very reason, the doctors at Vida Chiropractic Center felt a strong need to offer these women their services.
The doctors at Vida Chiropractic Center are trained to provide the most advanced treatment available to help you get out of pain, enjoy your pregnancy, and prepare for an easier birth and recovery. Chiropractic care not only provides natural and effective pain relief, but also improves spinal function, strengthens vital core musculature, and improves birth-related outcomes. Please read below to find out answers to many common questions about prenatal chiropractic care.
Chiropractic is absolutely safe during pregnancy!! There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant, and some specialize in working with women who are trying to conceive. Chiropractors that have been trained to work with pregnant women may use tables that adjust for a pregnant woman's body, and they will use techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen.
The doctors at Vida Chiropractic Center use a combination of gentle, safe methods and specialized equipment to help make the adjustment process easy and painless. They will provide you with exercises and stretches that are safe to use during pregnancy and compliment any adjustments made to your spine.
Awaiting arrival of your new baby will be a time of change for you and your body. Studies show that women are able to carry and deliver their babies with more comfort when receiving chiropractic care. Over the course of pregnancy, expectant mothers' weight gain will reach somewhere between 30 and 40 pounds. The increase in weight can create spinal misalignment and/or postural distortions, which in turn affect nerves, muscles, and mobility of joints. In addition, many women experience heartburn, rib pain, pubic pain, headaches, sinus congestion and low back pain because of the spinal changes that occur during pregnancy, many of which that were not there prior to becoming pregnant. Chiropractic care has been known to help all of these conditions.
During pregnancy, there are several physiological and endocrinological changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby. The following changes could result in a misaligned spine or joint:
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. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery.
Receiving chiropractic adjustments during your pregnancy can help ensure that the expectant mother's pelvic bones are properly aligned, facilitating a quicker, easier delivery. In one study, women receiving chiropractic care through their first pregnancy had 24% shorter labor times than the group not receiving chiropractic care.
The nervous system is the master communication system to all the body systems including the reproductive system. Keeping the spine aligned helps the entire body work more effectively.
Many women have been told that their pelvis was "too small" or the baby "too big" when it was really the baby's position that was interfering with the normal birth process. Even if the baby is head down, intrauterine constraint can affect the baby's head from moving into the ideal presentation for delivery. Any baby position even slightly off during birth will slow down labor, and add pain to both the mother and baby. Specialized chiropractic care can help.
Studies show that 84% of patients receiving spinal adjustments reported relief of back pain during pregnancy. The increase in weight can create spinal misalignment and/or postural distortions which in turn affect nerves, muscles and mobility of joints. The natural curves of the spine, particularly in the lumbar region, become exaggerated causing "low back pain".
This is especially true during late pregnancy, when the baby's head presses down on a woman's back, legs and buttocks, irritating her sciatic nerve. This painful "pins and needles" sensation can travel down the back of leg, often causing sharp pain and making it difficult to walk. Chiropractic adjustments are specifically tailored for the pregnant woman to correct these imbalances leading to greater comfort.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy may provide benefits for women who are pregnant. Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
Larry Webster, D.C., Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, developed a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment which enables chiropractors to establish balance in the pregnant woman's pelvis and reduce undue stress to her uterus and supporting ligaments. This balanced state in the pelvis makes it easier for a breech baby to turn naturally. The technique is known as the Webster Technique or, better today, In-Utero Constraint Technique.
It is considered normal by some for a baby to present breech until the third trimester. Most birth practitioners are not concerned with breech presentations until a patient is 37 weeks along. Approximately 4% of all pregnancies result in a breech presentation.
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported in the July/August 2002 issue an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when doctors of chiropractic used the Webster Technique. Further, the results from the study suggest that it may be beneficial to perform the Webster Technique as soon as the 8th month of pregnancy when a woman has a breech presentation.
Currently, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association recommends that women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy. With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be avoided altogether. Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for dystocia (difficult labor) and therefore results in easier and safer deliveries for both the mother and baby.
If your baby has not moved into the vertex position (head down) after your 7th month, come visit us today. The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic adjustment that reduces interference to the nervous system, and balances out pelvic muscles and ligaments which in turn removes constraint to the woman's pelvis. Many times, this avoids a C-section birth, as the need for medical intervention during labor greatly decreases in women who have had prenatal chiropractic care.
The doctors at Vida Chiropractic Center are trained and thoroughly experienced in Webster Technique and has helped many pregnant patients to avoid unnecessary cesarean sections by facilitating the baby to turn to the correct position naturally.
As more women are seeking the benefits of chiropractic care throughout pregnancy, more health care providers are seeking trained doctors of chiropractic in their communities to refer their pregnant patients to. The doctors at Vida Chiropractic Center personally know and enjoy very good referral relationships with many OB/GYNs in the greater Roswell/Atlanta Area. Discuss these options with your health care provider. If they are not yet familiar with chiropractic care in pregnancy, ask them to find out more about its many benefits by calling our office. Most importantly, seek options that support your body's natural abilities to function and find a team of providers who are respectful of your choices.
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