During pregnancy, muscle pain and back ache are very problematic and they can be more than just a nuisance.
The pregnancy weight gain of 25-35 pounds along with the increased stress on your body caused by your baby can sometimes lead to severe discomfort.
Studies showed that almost half of the pregnant women will experience low back pain at some point during their pregnancy.
As your baby grows in size, your weight is even increased and the curvature of your lower back is increased thus placing additional stress on your spinal discs at that area.
Due to this, the spine in your upper back area must compensate so that the normal curvature of your upper spine increases.
In order to come out of these problems, pregnancy hormones [human chronic gonadotropin] are released, which help to loose the ligaments attached to your pelvic bones. Also, there are some complementary therapies, which greatly help to combat from back pain. Among those, chiropractic is one good therapy.
Benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy:
This complementary therapy is a good alternative to over-the-counter drugs and also prescription drugs for severe back pain.
During the therapy, the therapist manipulates your spine in order to ease your discomfort. During the process, the practitioner will not use any medications and it is a safe and more natural form of relief.
A chiropractor can also help you even after becoming pregnant. The therapist will properly assess your body and diagnose any already existing imbalances in your pelvis or anywhere that can enhance your discomfort throughout the pregnancy.
After your delivery, the chiropractor ensures your loosened ligaments and stretched out joints to get into proper places.
Also, this therapy helps in relieving the headaches, muscle discomforts, shoulder problems and rib discomforts that are developed by your changing body.
The potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
- Reduces the duration of labor and delivery
- Prevents from having the potential cesarean delivery
- Maintains a healthy pregnancy
- Relieves from neck, back and joint pains
- Controls the symptoms of nausea
Is it safe to undergo chiropractics during pregnancy?
Frankly speaking, there are no known contraindications to chiropractic care during your pregnancy. This therapy does not cause any harm to you and your developing baby. The practitioners will use the techniques that avoid the unnecessary pressure on your abdomen.
The chiropractor who is experienced in providing the needs for a pregnant woman will also suggest exercises and stretches that are safe to use throughout the pregnancy and these exercises will help to compliment any adjustments made to your spine.
The need for chiropractic care during pregnancy:
In your pregnancy, various psychological and endocrinal changes will occur to provide safe environment for your developing baby. Some changes lead to misaligned spine or joints during your pregnancy. They include:
- Postural adaptations
- Pelvic changes
- Protruding abdomen and increased back curve
In order to establish good pelvic balance and alignment, chiropractic care helps very much. Whenever your pelvis is misaligned, it reduces the space available for your developing baby. This condition is called as intrauterine constraint.
Due to this, your baby cannot get the position that supports your delivery. So, keeping your spine well aligned is very important during your pregnancy.