If you are pregnant and have back pain, you are not alone! An estimated 50 to 70% of pregnant women have back pain. Although pregnancy and childbirth are one of the most incredible experiences a woman can have, it is also extremely hard on the body. There are many major changes that take place over 9 to 10 months. With all these drastic changes, it is understandable that this is accompanied by pain.
There are a number of reasons why a pregnant woman may experience back pain, including:
- Natural changes in the body, such as softening of ligaments and loosening of joints. This prepares the body for childbirth
- A shift in the body’s center of gravity as her girth increases.
- Weight gain.
- The position of the baby.
- Body position.
- Stress, exhaustion and worry.
IS CHIROPRACTICAL CARE SAFE DURING PREGNANCY?
Chiropractic care has long been considered a viable method of relieving back pain in pregnant women. Historically, midwives and other natural and/or alternative practitioners have been the ones to advocate for its many benefits. This resulted in minimal data from clinical studies that existed on this topic.
However, in the past decade, researchers have paid more attention to chiropractic and its many benefits. In a study of pregnant women and chiropractic, 94% of participants experienced a drastic improvement in their pain in just 5 days.
Today, many doctors and midwives send their pregnant patients to chiropractors to help them with their back and joint pain. It is completely safe for both mother and baby and both can benefit from it.
BENEFITS OF CHIROPRACTIC CARE DURING PREGNANCY
While chiropractic can be used during pregnancy as a safe, non-invasive, and drug-free method of pain relief, women can also enjoy other benefits, including:
- A healthier and happier pregnancy.
- Improved mood and less anxiety.
- More mobility.
- Decreased morning sickness and nausea.
- Better flexibility.
- Improved sleep.
- Faster recovery time.
- Relief of pain in the back, joints and neck.
By keeping the body in proper alignment, the chiropractor can help a woman have a healthier and happier pregnancy. She can enjoy the many benefits and experience less pain so that she can better focus on the joy of pregnancy and the wonder of bringing a new life into the world.
WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE CHIROPRACTIC CARE DURING PREGNANCY
Pregnancy causes many changes in a woman’s body. Hormonal and physiological changes take place at high rates as her body creates and maintains a perfect environment where the baby will develop and grow. These changes can cause the spine or joints to become misaligned. When this happens, painful conditions can be created, including:
- Increased curvature of the back.
- Pelvic changes.
- A protruding abdomen that puts pressure on the back.
- Changes in attitude.
Keeping the pelvis and lower back balanced and aligned is an integral part of preventing low back pain during pregnancy. In fact, misalignment of the pelvis and spine can limit the amount of space the baby has in the womb. This condition is called the intrauterine restriction. This can also hinder the baby’s ability to get into an optimal position for delivery.
Keeping the body and especially the spine in balance is vital to the mobility, flexibility and overall well-being of the body; even when you are not pregnant. However, pregnancy puts specific stress on the body, creating certain needs that chiropractic can meet. It’s safe, effective, fast and it works.
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