Is chiropractic safe during pregnancy?
Chiropractic care is starting to become an important part of a woman’s health during her pregnancy. Women are seeing the benefits of regular chiropractic adjustments as they prepare for birth and after.
During the pregnancy, a mother’s center of gravity shifts forward with the increased weight of the baby. The lower back curvature increases, which places extra stress on the disks and tightness in the muscles of the lower back. As the pelvis changes in preparation for the birth, ligaments become lax in all the joints, including the spine and pelvis. These are all natural changes to accommodate the growing baby but can result in pain from the postural imbalances.
Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment. This safe practice was discovered to restore proper pelvic balance and function in pregnant women. Correction of misalignment/subluxation is made with a diversified, sacral adjustment. This balanced state of the pelvis after the adjustment has been clinically shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning. Then, ligament work is done on the pelvic muscles and ligaments that tighten with the pregnancy.
Prenatal Massage Therapy
There are many benefits for prenatal massage. Massage has been used for centuries to help to reduce stress, relieve muscle tension and the overall health of the mother-to-be. Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, one in which is called Swedish Massage. Swedish Massage aims to relax muscle tension, improve the lymphatic and blood circulation. Swedish Massage is the recommended massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought by the hormonal changes.
Dr. Viner has specialty training through the International Pediatric Chiropractic Association. Call to schedule an appointment today 316-260-3005.