Whether you're an active young professional, mother-to-be, or a time-crushed mom on the go, women today face unique health challenges. This guide will help you understand the essential role chiropractic can play in women's health throughout the key stages of life and inform you on what you need to know before visiting a chiropractor.
While a baby on the way makes for an exciting time in your life, it also causes a lot of change. Back, pelvic, postural, weight and hormonal changes force the body to unnaturally adapt, often resulting in unwanted pain and discomfort. In fact, during pregnancy more than 68%1 of women experience low back pain; and post-delivery, another 65% report experiencing pelvic pain.
Subluxations of the spine, commonly known as joint dysfunctions, occur when two or more vertebrae become restricted and impede the body’s ability to communicate with itself. Joint dysfunctions during pregnancy can be caused by all that change taking place in your body as it prepares to support you and your new bundle of joy.
Chiropractors are trained to locate and correct joint dysfunctions by applying a gentle, targeted movement to the body’s spinal column and extremities–where and when needed–restoring proper joint function and improving nerve communication throughout the body. This non-invasive technique is commonly known as a chiropractic adjustment.
Benefits of seeing a chiropractor while pregnant:
Millions of expecting mothers look to chiropractic for its safe, effective and drug-free approach to pain relief and prevention for a healthier, happier pregnancy.
For frequently asked questions and to learn more about chiropractic care during pregnancy, check out Chiropractic and Pregnancy.
Being a mom isn’t easy. Taking care of kids (and spouses!) can be a pain. The pay is good – hugs, kisses, and cuddles – but it's not without sacrifice. Perhaps the hardest part is the health woes a busy mom can experience long after childbirth. Let’s face it, motherhood is a job that's rife with strenuous activity, excessive stress and exhaustion.
Think about it – as mothers we are constantly moving or on the go – lifting and carrying heavy kids or laundry baskets, bending over to clean up toys and messes throughout the house, sitting or standing for extended periods of time with carpools and practices.
With so much always going on, it’s easy for us to forget about our own health and well-being. But we can’t – because over time these daily activities can manifest into neck and back pain, sleepless nights, headaches, and more.
Luckily, chiropractic’s got your back and then some! “How?” you ask – simple.
Your spinal column is made up of 24 independent vertebrae that enable your body to do all that moving, twisting and bending throughout your day. It also helps protect the delicate central nervous system that controls and coordinates every muscle, tissue and organ in the body.
The repetitive activity and stresses of being a mom can lead to subluxations of the spine, commonly known as joint dysfunctions, which can negatively affect proper nerve communication from the brain to the body–often resulting in pain and discomfort. Chiropractors promote a safe, effective and drug-free approach to improving joint function resulting in a healthier, more active you.
These days, women are more active than ever, both in the workplace and at play. Whether you spend your days standing, running around in heels, sitting at a desk, or working on leveling up your performance at the gym, routine trips to the chiropractor can help to improve your overall health and well-being, while eliminating the aches and pain of everyday life.
Below are 5 life hacks recommended by doctors of chiropractic to help get by between trips to your local chiropractor.
Don’t worry, we’re parents too and we get it. You may have a lot of questions, especially when researching solutions related to your child's health and well being. To help answer your questions, we’ve compiled seven of the most common questions we’ve received from parents just like you.
Q: Does Chiropractic Care Hurt and is it Safe?
A: Chiropractic is the largest, non-invasive, drugless and safest forms of health care available. Statistically, patient risk is substantially lower when receiving chiropractic care as opposed to medical care, where the use of prescription drugs and surgery pose a greater risk. Chiropractic adjustment is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort because minimal force and gentle pressure are used. In fact, most patients feel relief immediately following treatment.
Q: What is that “popping” noise? Are you cracking my bones?
A: The popping sounds you will hear are your joints releasing tiny pockets of gases. A chiropractic adjustment does not affect the bones of either side of the joint, but rather the connective tissue that holds the joint together.
Q: Will I be sore following a chiropractic adjustment?
A: Any reported soreness after an initial adjustment has been described as similar to that associated with starting a new exercise program. Drinking plenty of water, using an ice pack, and engaging in light stretching after your first visit can help ease any discomfort to promote healing.
Q: What do I wear to a chiropractor appointment?
A: Wear something comfortable and easy to move in! While athletic wear is a common choice, it’s not required. When possible avoid avoid extra layers, skirts, dresses and heels.
Q: Is Chiropractic treatment safe during pregnancy?
A: Yes! Gentle chiropractic treatment including joint mobilization, soft tissue treatment, and therapeutic exercise is safe and effective during pregnancy. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to address the challenges of the pregnant body including loosening ligaments and increased weight.
Q: How often will I need treatment during my pregnancy?
A: A treatment plan will be individually tailored for your specific condition and depends on your week of pregnancy. Treatment recommendations range from 2-3 times per week to once a month.
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