Chiropractic During Pregnancy
People often ask why pregnant women would need chiropractic care
The simple answer is that the pregnant body undergoes a lot of stress and change in a fairly short period of time. Chiropractic helps to support your body through these changes, helps you to adapt and stay healthy and balanced throughout your pregnancy. Essentially, we are preparing the pelvis for labour, pain relief of course is an added bonus.
Chiropractic care is a safe, effective, non-invasive and drug free discipline. Not only can routine chiropractic care help manage pain in your back, hips, and other joints, it can also help to establish pelvic balance. This can provide your baby with as much space as possible over the course of your pregnancy.
During pregnancy, your body ramps up production of certain ligament- and joint-loosening hormones that help to pave the way for baby to make an exit. Without these hormones your baby's head would never be able to fit through your pelvis, but those hormones, combined with a baby belly, can also rapidly lower you center of gravity, leaving you loose-limbed, sway-backed and unusually clumsy.
All of this can do quite a number on your spine. Chiropractic care aims to adjust and realign your spine and pelvis, as well as the ligaments and muscles that surround it, to lessen the pain, improve your posture and mobility, and promote health throughout the body.
The Webster Technique
There are a special group of chiropractors who receive additional training and certification in treating pregnant and pediatric patients, often through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). The ICPA teaches a specific technique known by the name of its founder, Dr. Larry Webster. The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of pelvic imbalance. Chiropractic care during pregnancy is vital to the normal physiological function of both the mother and baby throughout pregnancy and birth.
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