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Pregnancy and Back Pain

Chiropractic care during pregnancy? Absolutely! If there's one group of people who need chiropractic spinal checkups more than any other, it's pregnant women.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help During Pregnancy?

During pregnancy, weight-bearing changes occur. This can cause an added stress to the spine. Over the course of a 40-week gestation, a mother's weight gain will ideally reach somewhere between 30-40 lbs. This increase in weight can create spinal misalignment and/or postural distortions, which in turn affect the nerves, the muscles and mobility of the joints. As the bulk of this weight is deposited in the abdominal area, the mother's center of gravity shifts forward. In order to compensate, the natural curves of the spine, particularly in the lumbar region, become exaggerated causing low back pain.

The hips may also expand laterally to help stabilize the body, putting pressure on the sacroiliac joints. The hormones of pregnancy cause muscles, and ligaments to relax. Pelvic bones "slip" and can become more easily displaced and/or fixated.

As the baby grows and the body adapts, often the ribs must expand to accommodate. Rib misalignment is a common complaint of pregnant mothers, which is easily corrected by chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue therapy.

Chiropractic care during pregnancy not only improves your comfort, but can also help facilitate your birth.

Chiropractic care during pregnancy has been shown to significantly reduce the length of time a woman labours. First time moms averaged a 24% shorter labour, while mothers who have already given birth experienced a 39% reduction in the average labour length, compared to controls (Fallon, 1991).
Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy can also reduce the likelihood of experiencing back labour (Diakow, 1991).
Regular chiropractic adjustments can safely continue up until the time of birth (Penna, 1989).

Pregnancy and the Webster Technique Defined

Sacral misalignment causes the tightening and torsion of specific pelvic muscles and ligaments. It is these tense muscles and ligaments and their constraining effect on the uterus, which prevents the baby from comfortably assuming the best possible position for birth.

The Webster Technique is defined as a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nerve system and facilitates biomechanical balance in pelvic structures, muscles and ligaments. This has been shown to reduce the effects of intrauterine constraint, allowing the baby to get into the best possible position for birth. Dr. Larry Webster, Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) discovered this technique as a safe means to restore proper pelvic balance and function for pregnant mothers. In expectant mothers presenting breech, there has been a high reported success rate of the baby turning to the normal vertex position. (This technique is not to be interpreted as an obstetric, "breech turning" technique which is a different procedure).

Is Chiropractic Care Safe During Pregnancy?

Chiropractic care during pregnancy is safe for both mother and fetus. Spinal adjustments are especially gentle during pregnancy, as far less force is required to correct misalignments. This is due to the increase in hormones causing significant muscle and ligamentous relaxation. Special positions are also used to provide comfort and safety for both mom and fetus.

Dr. Kylie Draper is fully certified in Webster's perinatal chiropractic care. This training allows her to safely and effectively assess and manage the muscles, ligaments and joints of the body to promote optimal pelvic and spinal biomechanics during pregnancy. Book a free consultation today to learn about perinatal chiropractic care as a safe, gentle and effective therapy during your pregnancy.

Pregnancy Massage therapy is also available.

The following conditions are commonly treated at Cornwall Spine Care Plus:

Low Back Pain
Neck Pain
Sciatica Pain
Automobile Accident Injuries (MVA)
Sports Injuries
Overuse Injuries
Arthritic Joints
TMJ Conditions (Jaw Pain)
Disc Herniations
Strain and Sprain Injuries
Posture-related Conditions
Stress Management
Post-surgical Rehabilitation
Pregnancy-related Conditions
Groin Strain (Pulled Groin)
Well Being
If you are uncertain whether we can help you, please call us today to discuss your specific condition.


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