Pregnancy Discomfort Eased By Chiropractics

Becoming pregnant can bring about many changes to your body. Forget the fact that you have a tiny human growing inside of you, but your hormones are out of whack, your gaining weight you never knew was possible and you have aches and pains all over the place.

Back pain is a symptom almost every pregnant woman gets. Carrying all those extra pounds in your belly can put a huge strain on your body. Since it is risky to take any medication while pregnant, especially pain medication, it’s necessary to look for alternative ways to alleviate your aching back. 

Chiropractic is one of the treatments that pregnant woman can look to when they want to get relieve from back pain and other body aches. It is one of the few non-invasive ways to alleviate pain that is safe for the mother and baby.

Like I mentioned before, there are many changes that a woman’s body goes through during her pregnancy. Her entire center of gravity begins to shift to the front of her body the bigger the baby gets, causing her pelvis to tilt backward. This puts more strain on the lower back muscles as well as the hamstring and gluteal muscles. The lumbar begins to curve dramatically, which adds to the lower back and neck pain. Even the ligaments attached to the uterus begin to stretch and pull as the baby grows, causing abdominal pain. Hormone changes increases this discomfort as well as causing joint pain. In short, pregnant woman feel stiffness, tightness and increased stress throughout their body as the pregnancy progresses. 

Chiropractic care is a safe way to treat these ailments. Most chiropractors have special equipment for pregnant woman which allows them to be treated more efficiently. Chiropractors will focus on relieving joint pain, lower back pain and pelvic pain. The adjustments act as a way of causing motion throughout the body, particularly the joints, in a way pregnant woman can’t do themselves. Practitioners will usually use soft tissue techniques when practicing on pregnant woman, in order to relax taut ligaments. 

It is recommended that chiropractic appointments are scheduled frequently throughout the pregnancy. Use your OB/BYN appointments as a marker of when you should also see your chiropractor. Pregnant woman who regularly kept their appointments reported feeling less pain, less stress and even claimed to have easier, faster deliveries. This safe, drug-free treatment could be exactly what you need to make your pregnancy a more pleasurable experience. 

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