It’s estimated that about 50% of women experience different forms of pain and discomfort at some point during pregnancy. In most cases, the pain and discomfort are on the back and the hip area. Some people may argue that such symptoms are normal during pregnancy. But this doesn’t mean that you have to tolerate them. There are several therapies that you can consider and one of them happens to be chiropractic care.
Dr. Hinz at Cool Springs Chiropractic uses hands-on techniques to maintain and realign the spinal column, its discs, and associated bones. This is meant to correct subluxations (a condition where the spine is misaligned). The spinal misalignment is what causes back pains, hip pains, and general discomfort during pregnancy. There are also other amazing benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy that we’ll look at later. But first, let’s assess the safety aspects of the practice.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Pregnant Women?
This is usually the first question that all expectant parents ask when they hear about chiropractic care. So, you are not alone. Globally, over 1 million pregnant women go through different forms of chiropractic care. Surprisingly, a majority of them do not even realize that what they are going through is chiropractic care but they can comfortably claim that it helps. Complications can be there but they are very rare. So, it’s not wrong to argue that it’s a safe practice.
At a basic level, chiropractic care does not involve any kind of drug administration or surgical procedure. Thus, you don’t have to worry about an unfriendly substance being directed towards the developing fetus. The doctor depends on hands-on techniques to realign the spine. When attending to you, a chiropractor will use an adjusting table so as to accommodate your big belly. The idea is to always use techniques that do not put any kind of pressure on your belly.
But still, it’s advisable to first talk to your doctor before considering the therapy. Generally, chiropractic care is not suitable for the following cases:
- An ectopic pregnancy
- A placental abruption
- Vaginal hemorrhage/bleeding
What Role Does Chiropractic Care Play During Pregnancy?
After knowing that chiropractic care is safe for you, the next thing is to know why exactly you need to see the expert. Generally, chiropractic care is beneficial in the following four ways:
- Addresses Physical Changes
During pregnancy, your body goes through a number of physical changes. A majority of them are hormonal. Such changes may interfere with your body posture, flexibility, and comfort. Since the fetus is growing, your COG (Center of Gravity) moves as you try to find a suitable posture. Therefore, you are likely to walk differently. This kind of change is related to the misalignment of the spine. In the end, the resultant effect is a pain in the lower back, hip, and other areas related to the spine.
Other physical changes that are likely to give you an uncomfortable pregnancy experience are:
- The back curve enlarges because of the growing belly.
- The pelvic area changes, more so during the last trimester
These physical changes can always be addressed with chiropractic care. A chiropractor may not prevent a belly from protruding but will help to bring about pain relief and comfort during pregnancy. In addition, the therapy may help you regain body balance and posture. In the long run, you are able to go through all the trimesters comfortably.
- Better Nervous Function
In the course of your pregnancy, the misalignment of the spine has a negative effect on your nervous system. You become nervous and anxious unnecessarily. Chiropractic care helps to restore your nervous function to an optimal level by freeing you from subluxation. Your body is thus able to work effectively as this is important when going through the various changes that come with pregnancies. It’s essentially meant to help you adjust to the mental changes that contribute to most pregnancy symptoms.
- Pain Relief
You probably have heard that it’s normal to experience low back pains when pregnant. Such kind of discomfort does not have to be acceptable when there’s something that can be done. Regular spinal adjustment is key to enjoying maximum pain relief. Since the pain originates from the spinal area, the realignment helps to free the restrained nerve so as you can get be relieved from low back pain. Your spine is basically freed from all kind of physical pressure. The bonus is that you don’t have to rely on pain relievers since chiropractic care is enough.
- Improves General Health
Since chiropractic care is all about making spinal, joint, and muscular adjustments, it’s a key therapy for your musculoskeletal system. You need the therapy to enjoy comfort and flexibility during pregnancy. So, you don’t really have to worry about possible complications and common pregnancy symptoms like headaches, fatigue, numbness, and back pains.
What About Your Baby-to-be?
It’s normal to worry about the little human growing inside of you. After all, everything has to be done for its benefit. There are cases where the misalignment of the pelvis area reduces the space that the developing fetus can grow. Such kind of constraint has the ability to cause a birth defect. In addition, a misaligned pelvis may also restrict the developing baby from moving into its ideal position (head down) just before delivery. So, it can limit your ability to deliver normally and in a non-invasive manner. Luckily, there’s chiropractic care and it’s meant to help you deliver normally and to have improved chances of having a baby that is free of defects. The practice also reduces labor time significantly.
Does it Help After Delivery?
The good thing about chiropractic care is that it also helps you in the post-delivery recovery. After giving birth, the ligaments that were once loose before the arrival of the baby start to tighten. This may mean some levels of pain and discomfort. Chiropractic care helps to realign the ligaments so that they are able to get into their ideal position without necessarily tightening up. Consequently, you are able to recover fast and pain-free.
Chiropractic care has many benefits both during pregnancy and after the delivery. It’s a critical therapy if you are looking to enjoy an easier prenatal period and successful birth. The secret is in finding an expert chiropractor such as Dr. Hinz at Cool Springs Chiropractic to walk with you throughout the process. Contact us today!