What is chiropractic?
- Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline that emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.
- The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
Why is chiropractic care important during my pregnancy?
Throughout the course of your pregnancy, there will be many physiological and hormonal changes as your body prepares for the birth of your baby:
- Center of gravity moves forward increasing the lumbar curve and placing extra strain and force through the lumbar spinal joints.
- The hormone relaxin loosens joints; increasing mobility and decreasing stability which creates aggravation of previous joint injuries and amplifies pelvic imbalances.
- Growing baby and increased fetal movement creates expansion of lower rib cage which can be aggravating to mid back joints that connect to ribs.
- Increased breast size to prepare for lactation adds additional strain to upper thoracic joints.
- Modified gait becomes wide, creating a variation in skeletal joint and muscle mobility, aggravating the pelvic joints, hip joints and sciatic nerves.
- Modified posture through shoulders to offset change in center of gravity causes loss of cervical curve leading to headaches.
- Pelvic misalignment alters pelvic opening leading to intrauterine constraint and fetopelvic disproportion.
What are the benefits of chiropractic prior to pregnancy?
- Promotes regular menstrual cycles
- Optimal uterine function
- Prepares body for healthy implantation
- Ensures proper nerve supply to reproductive organs
What are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy?
- Detection, prevention and correction of fetal malposition
- Reduction in preeclampsia
- Less back labor
- Reduced need for pain medication
- Less back pain
- Shorter labor times
- More comfort while breastfeeding
- Greater production of breastmilk
- Less incidence of postpartum depression
In a hospital study that incorporated chiropractic adjustments during they pregnancy, there was a 50% decrease in the need for painkillers during delivery.
"Women who received chiropractic adjustments in their third trimester were able to carry and deliver their child with much more comfort"
- Irvin Hederson, MD
- Chiropractic is a non-invasive, drug-free discipline meaning that the risks associated with it are very low. Adverse events are very rare and your chiropractor will assess your individually for any risk before commencing care.
- In general, there are no increased risks or side effects with chiropractic for pregnant women.
- Your prenatal chiropractor may use special techniques or table modifications to avoid unnecessary pressure on the abdomen.
Dr. Joan Fallon's study shows chiropractic care to significantly reduce labor time
for women who had care throughout their pregnancy.