Chiropractic for Pregnancy in Ashland?

many women use chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy

The physical stress of pregnancy can lead to a great deal of discomfort. It's common for women in Ashland to visit a chiropractic office regularly for low back pain, as well as other related issues, such as sciatica, leg cramps and constipation. This can lead to difficulty performing daily tasks as well as difficulties in labor.

Chiropractic treatment for pregnancy can be an outstanding source of relief for back pain. Many women also comment that the birthing process was easier after having undergone chiropractic treatments. The following article takes a more in-depth look at the discomfort caused by pregnancy and explains exactly how chiropractic treatment can help.

Prenatal Chiropractic in Ashland

Chiropractic care is an important part of birth preparation for pregnant women. Regular chiropractic adjustments prepare women for safer, easier birthing for both themselves and their babies. A growing number of mothers have incorporated chiropractic adjustments into their prenatal care in an effort for a natural birth and to avoid having a C-section, in addition to decrease discomfort associated with pregnancy.

When a woman becomes pregnant, her neuro-biomechanics change. As her weight increases, her center of gravity shifts outward and her postural compensations respond accordingly. In addition, the ligament laxity increases due to the necessity for birthing, but as a consequence adds to instability in all of her joints, including her spine and pelvis.

The increased ligament laxity is most important in relation to the sacroiliac joint. This joint in the non-pregnant individual is a slightly movable joint (it barely moves). However, in order for the baby to move through the birthing canal for a vaginal birth, the sacrum must nutate and counternutate to make room for baby. The body releases Relaxin to increase ligament laxity in an effort for the sacrum to move more but a misalignment in the pelvis will not allow sacral movement even in the presence of Relaxin.

Low force adjustments to this area result in proper alignment of the pelvis and allow proper movement of the sacroiliac joint in order for successful vaginal births. In addition, it is suggested the entire spine be checked for proper innervation and to decrease discomfort associated with biomechanical changes due to pregnancy.

Prenatal Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic practitioners can provide safe and effective personalized care throughout your pregnancy and in the postpartum period. A thorough examination will determine the best treatment to address your discomfort and prepare the body for the height of pregnancy and childbirth. There are specialized adjustment methods to accommodate pregnancy. These treatments may reduce the need for pain medications throughout the delivery as well as help to reduce labor time. Follow up treatments can assist in realigning the body after the pregnancy and speed up the transition to a healthy post-pregnancy body.

If you are curious about how chiropractic can help you with your pregnancy call our team at Body Flow Chiropractic: Tillie Dowd, DC today. We are here to help.


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Body Flow Chiropractic:
Tillie Dowd, DC

406 South Main Street
Ashland, MO 65010
(573) 657-3569