The benefits of chiropractic treatment during pregnancy are many. In fact, chiropractic care, in general, is appealing due to it being a non-invasive, drug-free, safe, and natural form of healthcare treatment. For most pregnant mums-to-be, chiropractic treatments have been found to benefit them in reducing the consumption of pain medications.
In this article, we will explain how chiropractic care can benefit in pre- and post-pregnancy.
Chiropractic care should be integral for a healthier pregnancy
Pregnancy is challenging for women, both externally and internally. As they go through the nine months of gestation, their body experience lots of extreme changes, resulting in much pain and aches as the pregnancy progresses. In fact, studies have shown that about 50 per cent of mums-to-be seek lower back pain treatments at some point, especially during their third trimester when the foetus weighs the most.
Chiropractic care can help alleviate and prevent pregnancy-related discomfort and pain. Besides lower back pains, chiropractic care can also help relieve nausea symptoms too. The extent of chiropractic care in pregnancy is wide, as it can also help to align your spine and pelvic balance for a smoother delivery.
Pre-natal chiropractic care
Pregnancy changes the mums-to-be body in many ways in order to accommodate a life growing in them. If not adequately cared for and monitored, several of these physical changes could cause misalignments in the spine due to affected balance and posture. As the pregnancy progresses, each trimester places increased stress on the mum’s body.
Structural adaption is the fundamental contributing factor to many expectant mothers’ lower back pain. Because of the shifting load distributions within the spine, it can cause joint dysfunction, leading to lower back pains. In addition, the pelvis’s orientation results in the increase of the lumbar lordosis, resulting in neck and shoulder problems, even headaches in more severe cases.
In summary, pregnancy leads to external and internal changes, such as increased back curves, protruding stomach, postural adaptions, and pelvic shifts. Hence, symptoms such as fatigue, migraines, shortness of breath, groin discomfort, sciatica with shooting pain in the legs, hip pain, and back aches are common among expectant mothers.
While they are common, you do not have to live with them. Regular chiropractic care can help to alleviate pains and aches, helping expectant mothers go through a more enjoyable and healthier pregnancy. Through the manual manipulations of the mother’s body, chiropractors can help mum maintain a healthier pregnancy, control nausea symptoms, reduce labour and delivery time, relieve joint, hip, neck or back pain, facilitate a non-invasive, natural birth, as well as maintain good pelvic alignment to allow more space for the baby to grow.
Post-partum chiropractic care
Biomechanical stress and changes to the neuromusculoskeletal system do not end after giving birth. In fact, it can affect your body way after giving birth, causing joint misalignments that result in pain, discomfort, and aches during simple daily activities, such as sleeping and walking.
Regardless of how you gave birth to your child, studies have shown that due to the release of relaxin hormone which loosens your muscles, joints, and ligaments, especially in the pelvic area before delivery, mothers suffering from pregnancy-related asymmetrical joint laxity and pelvic pain are strong predictors of chronic complaints after parturition. In fact, many new mothers are often told to live with the pain and wait for it to resolve on its own since pains are common after giving birth.
Incorporating chiropractic treatments in your post-partum recovery should be a part of your holistic treatment process that also involves rehabilitative exercises targeting weakened abdominal and spinal muscles. With chiropractic treatments, you are also able to restore normal spinal biomechanics so you can take care of your little one with ease.
Pains and aches are common in pregnancy, but that does not mean you have to live with them. In fact, the longer you delay treating certain pains, the more serious their side effects could be in the future, which might lead to further complications down the road.
Healing Hands Chiropractic offer quality pre- and post-natal chiropractic care that encompasses a range of pain treatments, such as frozen shoulder treatments and knee pain treatments. We also have a team of experienced female chiropractors, should you prefer being treated by a female.
Nevertheless, all of our chiropractors are experienced in their treatment. Contact us at https://healinghands.com.sg/ to get started on a healthier and smoother pregnancy today!