Chiropractic care during pregnancy
The news of a pregnancy is exciting. Unfortunately, it may also bring with it some unpleasant side effects. Many women take symptoms such as constipation, heartburn, sciatic pain and the need for frequent urination as part and parcel of being pregnant. Chiropractic care during pregnancy is remarkably safe and pregnant mums have received Chiropractic adjustments for almost 120 years. The techniques used during pregnancy are gentle, safe, effective and have no known contraindications of chiropractic care during your pregnancy.
Chiropractic adjustments to the mid back spinal curve help maintain the integrity of the nervous system and your centre of gravity, which can help relieve mid back pain, shortness of breath and heartburn. Chiropractic adjustments to the mid to lower back can help with lower back pain, sciatica, constipation, frequent urination and pelvic pain.
Symptoms during pregnancy are largely a result of physiological and endocrinological changes that are necessary to create a favourable environment in which your baby can flourish. A pregnant woman may experience the following changes as a result of a misaligned spine:
- Pelvic, pubic or sciatic discomfort
- Chest tightness, shortness of breath, anxiety or reflux
- Neck, shoulder, wrist or carpal tunnel
- Abdominal tightness, decreased baby movements
Possible benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
- Encouraging a healthier pregnancy
- Managing symptoms of nausea, reflux, heartburn and shortness of breath
- Ensuring optimal pelvic alignment for the best chance of a natural delivery
- Minimising the symptoms of back and neck pain
- Reducing fascia tension (tissue that hold the baby in position) to decrease abdominal symptoms and allow your baby to move freely
Chiropractic Research and Statistics
- It has been reported that approximately 50% of all pregnant women experience back pain during their pregnancy and 50% to 75% of women experience back pain during labor.1-3
- Chiropractors reported that 72% were likely to have benefited from chiropractic care and were thus co-managed.5
- A retrospective review of statistics reported that primigravida women (first pregnancy) who seek chiropractic care throughout gestation have, on average, a 25% shorter labor time whereas multiparous women who seek chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy have, on average, 31% shorter labor times.8,11
Causes of low back pain during pregnancy
Structural adaptation in the gravid patient is a contributory source of low back pain throughout gestation. Spinal dysfunction related to changing load distributions within the motion segments of the lumbar spine and sacroiliac joints are also a factor in back pain.2 Traction, pressure or stretch of the adnexa, parietal peritoneum, bladder, urethra, rectum, and pelvic structures can also cause referred pain and secondary muscle spasm.2 Although the female sacrum has enough depth to enable fetal carriage, the displaced weight gain of 25 to 35 lb greatly increases the stress to the sacroiliac joints.7,8 As the fetus develops during gestation, this weight is projected forward and the lumbar lordosis is increased, placing extra stress on the intervertebral disks and facet joints. Through compensation, the sagittal curvature of the remainder of the spinal column increases as well. The lumbar lordosis, designed to absorb some of the axial forces, loses integrity as a static support and may be a source of discogenic injury.9 In addition, the increase in circulating progesterone, estrogen, and relaxin throughout gestation, especially in the third trimester, brings about pelvic hypermobility and creates a decrease in spinal stabilization.9 Direct pressure of the fetus on the lumbosacral nerve roots may also be a cause of pain.4 Physically strenuous work and previous low back pain are factors that may also be associated with an increased risk of developing low back pain and sacroiliac dysfunction during pregnancy.3 All of these factors contribute to back pain experienced by the pregnant patient, leading some gravid patients to seek chiropractic care.
Chiropractic for babies and children
Just like adults, infants suffer from what might seem a small things like only breastfeeding on one side, to larger issues such as hip dysplasia and many others in between.
Adults can vocally express their concerns/pains but children and infants can’t!
Infants express their problems with many subtle signs such as, crying, irritability, colic, restless sleeping, fussy feeding. etc…
Chiropractic for infants is remarkable safe and very gentle. Specific techniques that Dr Paul use are often soothing and relaxing for the unsettled baby.