Chiropractic Care for Pain During Pregnancy
As a woman’s body takes on the added responsibility of caring for another life, her body is often not prepared to handle the additional stress involved. As the baby grows and her abdomen protrudes, and as hormones are released that soften ligaments, the pelvic bones relax and can cause pinched nerves. These significant postural changes and softer ligaments in turn lead to nerve compression and muscle tension and cause misalignments primarily in the low back, lower rib cage, and pelvis. Pain in the areas of muscle tension is the result of all these changes. Back pain is experienced by 70% of pregnant women. The pain usually begins in the low back and then leads to sciatica, a pressure on the sciatic nerve which causes pain down the legs. Sciatica has another cause during pregnancy: As the baby grows, its head can lay against the pelvis and compress the sciatic nerve. This pressure and severe pain will come and go. Many other physical changes can accompany these problems:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Leg pain
- Mood swings
- Muscle tension
These symptoms can seem debilitating; however many women are finding the benefits of chiropractic care during this time not only to make the pregnancy more comfortable, but also to assist in an easier delivery and a healthier baby.
Results of Chiropractic Care
Less Pain During Pregnancy
Chiropractic care for pregnancy is designed to release the pressure on the irritated spinal nerves in a gentle and effective way so that a woman will experience less pain throughout her pregnancy. Adjustments can safely be performed throughout the entire pregnancy. In fact, adjustments are often easier for a chiropractor to perform on a pregnant woman; since the hormones have softened and relaxed the joints, less pressure is needed.
Lower Chance of C-Section
It is important that a woman’s pelvic bones remain mobile and functioning properly during pregnancy for the baby to descend properly during delivery. Chances of needing a C-section are greatly reduced when the pelvic area is in alignment, as the baby can move into the natural birthing position much more easily.
Chiropractic can significantly reduce the length of a woman’s labor. Women who were giving birth for the first time averaged a 24% shorter labor after chiropractic, and those who had already given birth noted a 39% reduction in labor time compared with control subjects (Fallon, 1991).
Nutrition During Pregnancy
We should always be conscious of our eating habits, but a pregnant woman must be especially careful of how she eats. The burden of eating for two puts a strain on her body nutritionally. The nutrient need rises dramatically. It would be impossible to eat enough food to get the necessary nutrition during pregnancy. A simple solution to this problem is whole food vitamin supplementation to provide the extra that cannot be obtained through food alone.
The prenatal vitamins which most obstetricians recommend are usually synthetic and are not well absorbed by the body. When muscle tested, some women find that they test negatively for these prescribed vitamins. Standard Process has formulated six supplements which are especially beneficial to women during pregnancy.
- E-Poise – a whole-food multi-vitamin, additionally iron, chlorophyll, vitamin E
- Catalyn—a whole-food multi-vitamin/prenatal supplement
- Calcium Lactate—essential for muscle contraction, nerve conduction, and cell membrane permeability
- Folic Acid B12—helps with neural tube formation; reduces the risk of birth defects
- Tuna Omega Oil—for joint health, neurotransmitters, and brain development
- FenGre—for mothers who are having difficulty producing milk
Chiropractor for Pregnancy Issues
I specialize in the following care for pregnancy, which may be used individually or in combination to provide easy and convenient solutions for your discomfort:
A gentle process to carefully meet your personal adjustment needs over time. I use many adjusting techniques from non-force to traditional, tailoring the techniques for each patient.
Soft Tissue Chiropractic
This treatment handles muscle, tendon, and ligament imbalance, scar tissue, hardening, tension, trigger points, and ankylosis with soft tissue techniques. We treat all ages from the elderly down to newborns using muscular spinal fixes.
Electrical modalities may be used for inflammation, pain control, herniated discs, degeneration, bone spurs, sports and car injury, and soft tissue rehabilitation (muscle, tendon, imbalance, scars, hardening, tension, ankylosis).
The AK basics are used to supplement other care. Touch for Health, Dr. Thies, and Dr. David Walther are my influences for basic testing. In AK, the main premise is that every organ has a relationship with a corresponding muscle, termed the “viscero-somatic relationship.” (Viscero = organ and somatic = body)
Nutrition Response Testing
If a woman is trying unsuccessfully to conceive, the Nutrition Response Testing protocol is very effective. If infertility is a problem, sometimes toxicity or some type of systemic weakness is the cause. The body has an innate intelligence and knows the proper environment that it needs in order to support a new life. Often just ridding the body of a candida infection can help a woman conceive.
Exercise & Meditation
Exercises or meditation techniques basics assist in maintenance of your body. Acute care skills are for pain management of a condition.
I believe chiropractic, with my experience and proven track record of success in helping with pregnancy, can be effective in reducing and eliminating your discomfort. Please contact me for a free consultation.
Dr. John G. Marone