Navigating Pregnancy Pains : How Chiropractic Can Help

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Pregnancy is a transformative journey filled with anticipation and joy, but it also comes with its share of physical challenges. The body undergoes remarkable changes to accommodate the growing baby, often leading to discomfort and pain. Chiropractic care offers a natural and effective way to address these issues, providing relief and support for the expectant parent.

Chiropractic care is a natural, non-invasive healthcare approach that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine. By using gentle and specific corrections, chiropractors can help alleviate pain, improve function, and enhance overall health.

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Chiropractic for Pregnancy: The Webster Technique

The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic technique designed to address the musculoskeletal changes that occur during pregnancy, with a particular focus on the pelvis. Developed by Dr. Larry Webster, this technique aims to reduce the effects of sacral misalignment, which may contribute to pelvic imbalance and constraint. The goal of the Webster Technique is to restore proper pelvic balance and function, thereby potentially reducing the effects of intrauterine constraint, allowing the baby to move into the best possible position for birth.

Here are some key benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy:

  1. Pain Relief: As the body changes and the baby grows, the spine and pelvis undergo significant stress and strain. This can lead to misalignments (subluxations) in the spine, which can cause pain and discomfort. Chiropractic corrections can help realign the spine, relieve pressure on the nerves, and reduce pain in the back, neck, hips, and other areas. A recent study indicates that 75% of pregnant patients who received chiropractic care during their pregnancies stated that they found relief from pain.
  2. Improved Pelvic Alignment: Proper pelvic alignment is crucial during pregnancy, as it can affect the baby’s position and the mother’s ability to have a smooth delivery. Chiropractic adjustments can help ensure that the pelvis is properly aligned, which may reduce the likelihood of breech or posterior positions, thereby potentially reducing the need for interventions during labor.
  3. Reduced Nausea: Some pregnant women experience nausea, particularly in the first trimester. Chiropractic care can help improve nerve function, which may help alleviate nausea and improve overall comfort.
  4. Enhanced Nerve Function: The nervous system plays a vital role in pregnancy, coordinating the development of the baby and ensuring the proper function of the mother’s body. Misalignments in the spine can interfere with nerve function. Chiropractic corrections can help restore proper nerve function, which may promote a healthier pregnancy.
  5. Optimized Posture: As the baby grows, the centre of gravity shifts, which can lead to poor posture and increased strain on the spine. Chiropractic care can help improve posture by correcting spinal misalignments, which can reduce discomfort and improve overall well-being.
  6. Preparation for Labor and Delivery: Chiropractic care can help prepare the body for labor and delivery by ensuring that the pelvis is properly aligned and that the nervous system is functioning optimally. This may lead to a more comfortable labor and delivery process.
  7. Postnatal Recovery: Chiropractic care can also be beneficial in the postpartum period, helping the body recover from the stresses of pregnancy and childbirth. Adjustments can help realign the spine and pelvis, reduce pain, and support the body’s natural healing process.

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It is important to note that chiropractic care during pregnancy is safe when performed by a qualified and experienced chiropractor. Chiropractors who specialize in prenatal care use gentle techniques that are specifically tailored to the needs of pregnant women. Both Dr. Kim and Dr. Goyal are ICPA members who are trained and well-experienced in the Webster Technique. They have provided care to many pregnant people with excellent results.

Chiropractic care can have positive effects on the unborn baby as well. In a recent ICPA seminar, one speaker made this key point regarding chiropractic care during pregnancy “We balance the mom so the baby doesn’t have in-utero subluxation.” – Dr. Jen Santos, DC, DACCP

Chiropractic care can be a valuable addition to prenatal care, offering numerous benefits for both the mother and the baby. Early intervention is best, as many spinal misalignments may predate the pregnancy itself. Getting checked by a Chiropractor while planning for a pregnancy is ideal, but even as early as the 1st trimester is very beneficial.

By addressing spinal misalignments and promoting optimal nervous system function, chiropractic care can help allow for a more comfortable and healthier pregnancy.

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Kim Family Chiropractic has a team of trained professionals, ready to address your health concerns.
Our role as Neuro-Structural Chiropractors is to find the root cause of dysfunction, and address any structural distortions in your spine that are compromising the health of your nerve system and ultimately limiting the health and function of your entire body. Learn more about our approach by reading What Happens When Your Health Problem Isn’t The Real Problem?

If you’d like to experience life to the fullest with a properly functioning nervous system, we invite you to contact our clinic to get your spine checked.

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