Chiropractic for Pregnancy?

many women use chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy

The physical stress of pregnancy can lead to a great deal of discomfort. It's common for women in Wausau to visit a chiropractic office regularly for low back pain, as well as other related issues, such as sciatica, leg cramps and constipation. This can lead to difficulty performing daily tasks as well as difficulties in labor.

Chiropractic treatment for pregnancy can be an outstanding source of relief for back pain. Many women also comment that the birthing process was easier after having undergone chiropractic treatments. The following article takes a more in-depth look at the discomfort caused by pregnancy and explains exactly how chiropractic treatment can help.


How Does Chiropractic Benefit Pregnancy?

Proper spinal alignment is vital during what is simultaneously the most natural and most physically traumatic experience in a woman’s life. Not only does it allow a woman’s nervous system to function at its optimal level allowing the mother to remain comfortable, it encourages proper fetal growth and development. Dr. Travis is Webster certified meaning he is qualified to perform pelvic balance adjustments that will allow mother and child to remain safe throughout the course of pregnancy.


Is Chiropractic Care Safe During Pregnancy?

A 2007 study of pregnant women concluded that chiropractic pregnancy care is safe for both mother and child and effective at alleviating many of the common symptoms associated with pregnancy. While all chiropractors are trained to treat pregnant women, the low-force techniques employed by Dr. Travis gives pregnant women the ability to function at 100% without the popping, cracking, or twisting associated with traditional chiropractic care. These techniques fine tune the body in comfortable sitting or standing positions without placing undue weight on a woman’s abdomen.


What Types of Ailments Can Be Relieved Through Pregnancy Care?

Typically, women who are in the latter stages of pregnancy experience low back pain. Not only is the weight of the fetus placing pressure on the joints of the lower back and pelvis, a woman’s hormone levels are allowing the ligaments holding the joints together to relax in preparation for childbirth. Chiropractic care can ensure the proper positioning of the spine and the Webster technique can adjust the pelvis to accommodate the increased weight load. However, women do not need to wait until the third trimester in order to experience the benefits of pregnancy care. Chiropractic pregnancy care has been shown to alleviate morning sickness, give the mother energy to maintain an active lifestyle, and promote the overall health and well-being of mother and child.


Prenatal Chiropractic in Wausau

During pregnancy, a woman’s body is undergoing a number of different changes to accommodate the growing baby. As the baby grows, a mother’s center of gravity shifts to the front of her pelvis, resulting in added stress and discomfort in the lower back and the various joints of the pelvis. At the peak of pregnancy, resulting from the associated weight gain, the curve in the lower back (lordotic curve) can increase to the point of causing serious impact on the vertebral joints, the sacrum, and the hip joints.

The nerves that travel to all other parts of the body have their origin in the spine. When the spine is compressed, these nerves can become irritated causing the pain to radiate to other areas of the body. Sciatica is a condition commonly stimulated by pregnancy, involving pain that radiates from the lower back all the way down the legs.

If a previous issue exists with the alignment of the spine, and there has been a history of lower back problems, pregnancy will often aggravate the condition. Pregnancy can cause the spine to become misaligned to the point that it does not simply go back into place once the pregnancy is complete. This can make the tasks that become necessary once the child is born, such as carrying a baby on your front or back, breast-feeding, and bending over to lift and pick things up, painfully difficult.


Prenatal Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic practitioners can provide safe and effective personalized care throughout your pregnancy and in the postpartum period. A thorough examination will determine the best treatment to address your discomfort and prepare the body for the height of pregnancy and childbirth. There are specialized adjustment methods to accommodate pregnancy. These treatments may reduce the need for pain medications throughout the delivery as well as help to reduce labor time. Follow up treatments can assist in realigning the body after the pregnancy and speed up the transition to a healthy post-pregnancy body.

If you are curious about how chiropractic can help you with your pregnancy call our team at Spring Into Life Chiropractic today. We are here to help.

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Spring Into Life Chiropractic
903 South 17th Avenue Suite D
Wausau, WI 54401
(715) 845-6800