Most expectant mothers experience spinal and pelvic related pains. Though every pregnancy is different, pains most commonly appear in the lower back and pelvic area. To use industry terms: it is usually the lower lumbar and sacroiliac joints (AKA the SI joint) that become the source of discomfort.
Pain can be localized to the lower back, or it may radiate deep into the front part of the pelvis. The SI joint can also refer pain into the gluteal area. In these instances, pain may radiate from the glute to the outer thigh and down the front or back of the leg.
Hip pain, groin pain, mid back pain, neck pain, and numbness or tingling are additional frequent prenatal complaints which may require chiropractic care.
During the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, the baby continues to grow, shifting the center of gravity for the expecting mom. With this shift, the spine begins receiving unaccustomed stress, as does the pelvis. Since undue pelvic stress can lead to a breech presentation and in-utero constraint for the baby, it is especially important to be checked by our doctors consistently during this crucial time period.
The late Larry Webster, D.C., Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), 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 has been clinically shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning. This technique is known as the Webster Technique.
Chiropractic care helps to ensure a properly functioning nervous system which is vitally important for mother and baby. 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.
What are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy?
- Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
- Controlling symptoms of nausea
- Reducing the time of labor and delivery
- Relieving back, neck or joint pain
- Preventing a potential cesarean delivery