Can you go to the Chiropractor while Pregnant?
Yes, you can receive chiropractic care while pregnant. Dr. Chance is trained to work with pregnant women. A woman’s body goes through many physical changes while pregnant. Through regular chiropractic treatments we can provide specific chiropractic adjustments and exercises to prepare the body for these changes, which will help ease discomfort throughout the latter stages of a pregnancy.
What are the Benefits to Prenatal Chiropractic Care?
One of the main benefits of Chiropractic Care for pregnant women is alleviating some of the bodily discomforts that come when you’re expecting. Here are some of the more common discomforts associated with pregnancy and how we can help.
Lower Back Pain while Pregnant
Suffering from lower back pain is one of the most common ailments when it comes to pregnancy. It is natural that as a woman’s weight increases in the belly, her center of gravity will be pulled forward. This causes the spine to curve which will strain her lower back. To reduce these symptom a chiropractor can help maintain proper posture during treatments. Chiropractic adjustments are completely safe for mother and baby. In addition to this, Dr. Chance will prescribe you with custom exercises to keep you active, flexible and mobile throughout your pregnancy. Chiropractic adjustments can be especially attractive to people who would like to stay away from medications while pregnant and suffering from lower back pain.
Sciatica Caused by Pregnancy
A common phenomenon caused by lower back pain is the sciatic nerve becoming irritated. The sciatic nerve runs from each side of the spine down to the foot, connecting all of the muscles in the lower half of the body. When pinched or irritated it can become uncomfortable for a pregnant woman. This is known as Sciatica. When suffering from Sciatica a woman can feel mild aches to sharp severe pains in the back and side of the legs. Other symptoms include numbness and tingling and weakness in either leg or foot. Through spinal adjustments and stretching a chiropractor can release the pressure that is causing the pinched sciatic nerve which should alleviate the problems.
Joint Pain while Pregnant
Joint pains are equally as common in pregnant women. Due to the natural increase in fluid retention it is common for knee and ankle joints to come under increased pressure. This in turn can also decrease the required blood flow throughout the legs that can cause severe aching and throbbing. Soft tissue therapy can relax the muscles which will not only loosen the joints but will improve the blood flow. Blood will carry the oxygen to these joints which will allow them to heal quicker after a prolonged time of being under pressure. At Chance Chiropractic Rehab & Wellness we utilize many different techniques to combat joint and muscle pain. Call us today for a consultation!
Fatigue while Pregnant
The longer the pregnancy goes on the more this will come into effect. Your central nervous system runs along your spinal cord and is connected to your brain. It controls so many things in your body, from blinking and breathing to walking and talking. But when the central nervous system is negatively affected through poor spine health, it becomes harder to do those everyday normal jobs. Making sure your spine is aligned helps you feel more energetic because the body doesn’t have to compensate for problems associated with a kink in the nervous system. Dr. Chance will make sure that your spine is not under any abnormal stress even during a pregnancy. Through safe spinal adjustments we can improve your energy and general wellness which will make you feel a lot better.
Heartburn and Indigestion while Pregnant
Pregnant women can suffer from heartburn and indigestion. This is natural because not only are you eating for two, but you may also have cravings for foods that might not necessarily be the healthiest option. While the womb is expanding it is putting severe pressure on your internal organs, stomach, and intestines. In addition, the increased production in hormones can trigger heartburn. This increase allows the body and muscles to relax. While laying on your back these overly relaxed muscles result in the valve in your stomach relaxing which results in acid gaining access to your esophagus. A chiropractor can rework the muscles and help shift the esophageal valve into a more comfortable position that will allow it to function properly. We offer safe and natural nutritional options for you and baby.
The physical stress of pregnancy can lead to a great deal of discomfort.
Due to the weight that that is gained, a mother’s center gravity changes. It shifts to the front of her pelvis and this is not a natural position. It can result in added stress and discomfort in the lower back, feet and the pelvis.
Throughout the pregnancy, as the baby grows, the mother gains more weight and the back becomes more stressed, this causes the lordotic curvature in her low back to increase. If there has been a history of lower back problems, there is a good chance that the pregnancy will aggravate the condition. This may lead to difficultly performing daily routines and create difficulties in labor.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, 50-70% of pregnant women experience lower back pain at some point. The back pain generally peaks around the third trimester because this is when the baby gains the most weight. There are many more problems that the stress on the lower back can create such as leg cramps, abdominal cramping, constipation, and much more.
At chance Chiropractic Rehab & Wellness we utilize specific spinal adjustments and exercises to reduce extra stress during your pregnancy and ensure a smooth and safe birthing process and faster recovery.