Pregnancy should be an enjoyable life experience, however due to ligament laxity and the shifting of the centre of gravity, pregnant women can develop poor posture and more than 50% of pregnant women experience ‘low back pain’.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
Back pain, sore legs, headaches, sciatica, shortness of breath, dizziness, morning sickness, fatigue and Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction are all common during pregnancy and are all conditions related to the health of your spine. Chiropractors are trained to recognise mechanical dysfunction of the spine, along with the muscles and joints, so chiropractic care can be a great source of relief during the 9 months of pregnancy (and beyond).
Chiropractic treatment offers a safe, gentle, drug free alternative for the relief of discomfort during pregnancy and will ensure that your body and spine are functioning normally. This means less pain for the mother-to-be and more room for the developing baby so that both mother and baby experience less physical and emotional stress. Also, by reducing the stresses and strains on the joints and muscles, normal daily activities can be continued throughout the 9 months and many women find that labour is shorter and less painful.
Recommended Chiropractic Care for Pregnant Women
We can provide appropriate exercise advice according to your pre-pregnancy level of fitness and current condition. Exercises include strengthen the core muscles and pelvic floor, and stabilising and rebalancing the pelvis.
We will recommend activities to help:
- strengthen muscles to take on a bigger load
- make joints stronger and more flexible
- improve circulation
- help prepare for the physical exertion of labour and recovery afterwards
Our treatment aims to support the biomechanical structure as soon as possible, and then in the later stages, to reduce tension, support the increased stress on the musculoskeletal frame, and maintain good alignment of the pelvis.