One of the most important times for a woman to be receiving chiropractic care is during pregnancy
From the moment of conception, her body goes through a series of remarkable changes.
At first, they are unnoticed to the human eye, but after a couple of months, you start seeing a growing belly, changes in posture and gait that lead to the “pregnancy waddle,” and an arching back, caused by a shift in the woman’s center of gravity.
What we cannot see are the millions of different hormonal changes and chemical reactions occurring both in the mother and the developing baby, all of which are controlled through the nervous system.
Adjusting women though pregnancy is one of the most rewarding parts about being a chiropractor because a healthier pregnancy means an easier labor and delivery.
Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy can help to:
- Improve posture
- Reduce back and neck pain
- Keep the immune system functioning properly
- Keep the baby to be in the proper position for labor
Many women also experience benefits from chiropractic care after their child is born.
New mothers go through many changes, not only within their bodies, but in their movements and their environments.
They find themselves balancing their children on one hip and a diaper bag in the other. Or lifting heavy car seats in an out of their vehicles. Or sitting for long periods of time.
These new movements, or lack of movement, can cause strains on their joints and muscles and, ultimately, pain, discomfort.
One major contributor to pain after childbirth is the hormone Relaxin. Relaxin is a natural hormone released during pregnancy to prepare the pelvis for childbirth, and it continues to be released up to six months after birth.
Because of its ability to relax ligaments and tissues, improper movements or a lack of movement, can lead to hypermobile joints and ligaments, increasing pain, especially if there are any pre-existing injuries prior to, or during pregnancy.
By carefully examining the spine and surrounding muscles and ligaments, chiropractic care can help to decrease this strain on the joints and muscles.
The goal is to help the body heal after any trauma or strains it may have been through during labor, and promote a full recovery to whatever your "normal" may be.