Our bodies, by design, are supposed to be healthy— even during pregnancy.
It is now more and more common for pregnant women to regard Chiropractic Care as an essential part in maintaining overall health during pregnancy. Not only is Chiropractic Care during pregnancy possible, it is also highly beneficial to both the expectant mother and soon to be born baby.
At Grayson Chiropractic Associates, we are committed to helping women achieve optimal pregnancy wellness. Our doctors and staff are versed in the needs of pregnant women. We provide Chiropractic care that facilitates a more comfortable transition throughout all stages of pregnancy.
Good prenatal care begins before becoming pregnant.
Your healthy road to pregnancy starts with a proper body assessment. This exam can detect any imbalances in the pelvis or elsewhere in your body. Preexisting unnoticed imbalances in your spine and pelvis can contribute to pregnancy discomfort or problems after childbirth.
Chiropractic care is an essential ingredient to optimal pregnancy wellness.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy is completely safe, and offers life-long benefits for both the pregnant mother and her child. Gentle, safe, noninvasive chiropractic adjustments involve no medication - thereby providing a safe and more natural form of relief for pregnant mothers.
Pregnancy causes changes that are very evident on the outside of the body. The classic image of a pregnant woman late in her pregnancy waddling along - with her hand propped against her lower back for support - is a very telling portrait of how significant the impact is on her body. The pressure of the baby is very great on the mother's pelvis, hips, legs and back. The location of the baby, in the front abdomen area, changes the mother's center of gravity so her upper body has to lean back to compensate. This puts lots of stress on the entire spine of a pregnant woman and often results in moderate to severe discomfort for the pregnant mother. In fact, the largest complaint by women during pregnancy is lower back pain.
Chiropractic care can relieve and even prevent the common discomforts experienced in pregnancy. Specific adjustments eliminate these stresses in your spine, restore balance to your pelvis and result in greater comfort and lifestyle improvements.
Treatment begins with a postural exam to see how your body is adapting to your pregnancy. We then conduct an assessment of your spine and pelvic joints to see if there are certain areas that are not moving as easily as they could. If we find that you have areas in your spine or pelvic joints are not moving properly, we provide gentle adjustments to release the spinal stress. With this release, the body will function better, have a higher resistance to disease and in general be healthier.
The choice is always yours as to whether we adjust or not. What is important to remember is that a chiropractic adjustment will allow the areas of your spine that are stuck to move again, which will relieve your discomfort.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can provide many other benefits as well including:
- Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
- Controlling symptoms of nausea
- Reducing the time of labor and delivery
- Chiropractic care can actually help with labor. Some women who run past their due date have used treatment to help start labor, rather than having a hospital induce them.
- Relieving back, neck or joint pain
- Prevent a potential cesarean section
Chiropractic care doesn’t need to end with delivery.
Immediately after birth, your body experiences another great posture change and your back needs to adapt to not having a pregnant stomach anymore. In the eight weeks following labor and delivery, the ligaments that loosened during pregnancy begin to tighten up again.
The posture of breastfeeding can cause great discomfort in the mid-back, especially between the shoulder blades. There is the constant lifting, bending, stooping, carrying the car seat about, rocking, walking and so on. Life with a new baby is definitely another time where Chiropractic Care can help your body more easily. Once again, we keep the fixed or subluxated areas of your spine moving smoothly.
Newborn babies can also benefit from Chiropractic care. Birth is a physically stressful experience for your baby. This traumatic process, though completely natural, can result in misalignment - especially of the cervical vertebrae. The force of being pushed through the birth canal can leave a baby’s tiny body out of alignment, not all that unlike the misalignment that causes millions of Americans to seek Chiropractic Care each year.
Adjustments to newborns contain only ounces of force. But that force is directed into the spine to facilitate health and remove spinal stress. Chiropractic care provides a natural approach to alleviating these conditions and keeping your child healthy from the onset of life.