The Benefits Of Chiropractic Care While Pregnant
Did you know that you can get adjusted while you are pregnant? If you are a mother-to-be, you have probably heard many differing opinions and advice to help with lower back pain and hip pain. Today we’re going to breakdown the causes of these aches and pains and discuss how chiropractic care while pregnant is a safe way to assist your body during the pregnancy journey.
The role of a chiropractor is to offer holistic care and promote health in the spine by adjusting misaligned joints. It is a manual therapy that does not involve medications or surgery and can be performed by qualified chiropractors such as Dr Miki Humphrey, who is registered with the Australian Chiropractor’s Association and holds a B.Chiro, BPhEd (Exercise Prescription).
Changes To Your Body During Pregnancy: Potential Aches & Pains
When you look at the image above it is no wonder that 50% of of all women report back pain at some stage during their pregnancy. The growing baby bump creates extra stress on your hips, back, diaphragm and neck which can lead to common posture strains that create discomfort and lead to imbalances. Back pain is common during pregnancy and there are alternative therapies available such as massage, yoga and chiropractic which can help. Research has shown that chiropractic techniques are safe to use during pregnancy as a way of treating musculoskeletal pain in pregnant women and many women can benefit from it(1).
Pregnancy also causes many hormonal changes in your body and it’s normal to experience these combined with physical changes. For example, the production of the hormone relaxin loosens the ligaments and joints, in the pelvis. The extra weight and body changes combined with looser ligaments may lead to pelvic pain, sacroiliac joint pain and sciatica. Chiropractic care while pregnant can be beneficial in alleviating this pain.
Chiropractic Treatment During Pregnancy
Chiropractors have gentle and holistic techniques that can help keep you comfortable during your pregnancy. We also have special pillows that allow you to lie on your stomach without squashing your baby, something many pregnant mummies miss when the bump grows bigger!
Wondering what chiropractors can treat while you are pregnant,? Many mums-to-be come to us for help with pelvic pain, pubic symphysis dysfunction, sacroiliac joint pain and sciatica, rib/breathing discomfort, back/neck pain and headaches. We can also provide advice on how to manage your posture, exercise and continue to do your normal day-to-day activities.
Seek Advice From A Qualified Chiropractor
If you would like more information about chiropractic care while pregnant, feel free to get in touch. Dr Miki Humphrey uses gentle techniques to help provide support and balance to your body. She would love to help you on your pregnancy journey!
- Cara L. Borggren. Pregnancy and chiropractic: a narrative review of the literature. J Chiropr Med. 2007 spring; 6(2): 70-74.