Posted by: Dr. Paul Zemella - Santa Barbara Chiropractor | August 13, 2011

Can I Still See My Best Chiropractor During Pregnancy?

The aches and pains that you have on a regular basis, such as back pain, sciatic pain, or pain with joints and ligaments can become excruciating during pregnancy. A shifting center of gravity combined with hormonal and chemical changes that actually loosen your ligaments can make normal aches feel like the end of the world. For many women, seeing the best chiropractor is the answer. The good news is that there are no known problems with seeing the best chiropractor during your pregnancy.

Chiropractic care refers to the care and maintenance of the spinal column, discs, nerves and bones without the use of surgery or drugs. Best Chiropractors readjust the joints of the body that are misaligned. In particular, best chiropractors tend to work on the spine, the area that tends to create the most nerve stress.

The changes to the body during pregnancy that can cause pain that a chiropractor might be able to help with are several. Your protruding abdomen will increase the curve of your back. Changes to your pelvis can cause pain. Changing your posture to accommodate your shifting weight can cause spinal pain as well. Getting your best chiropractor to work on you during pregnancy can help to establish the alignment and balance of the pelvis. This can actually create more room in your pelvis for your growing baby, and can help avoid your baby being in a bad position for delivery.

Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is another reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy. When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery.
Certified chiropractors are trained to work with pregnant women. Still, if you have a chiropractor before you become pregnant, you should check with her after becoming pregnant to make sure that she is willing to work with you, and to find out whether or not she has worked with pregnant patients before. Best chiropractor who has worked with pregnant women before may be able to provide references, as well.

Chiropractic care is health maintenance of the spinal column, discs, related nerves and bone geometry without drugs or surgery. It involves the art and science of adjusting misaligned joints of the body, especially of the spine, which reduces spinal nerve stress and therefore promotes health throughout the body.

There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant. Investing in the fertility and pregnancy wellness of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is a routine care for most chiropractors.

What about chiropractic services and breech deliveries?
The late Larry Webster, D.C., Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association(ICPA), developed a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment which enables chiropractors to establish balance in the pregnant woman’s pelvis and reduce undue stress to her uterus and supporting ligaments. This balanced state in the pelvis has been clinically shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning. The technique is known as the Webster Technique. It is considered normal by some for a baby to present breech until the third trimester. Most birth practitioners are not concerned with breech presentations until a patient is 37 weeks along. Approximately 4% of all pregnancies result in a breech presentation.

The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported in the July/August 2002 issue an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when doctors of chiropractic used the Webster Technique. Further, the results from the study suggest that it may be beneficial to perform the Webster Technique as soon as the 8th month of pregnancy when a woman has a breech presentation. Currently, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) recommends that women receive chiropractic services throughout pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy. With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be avoided altogether. Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for dystocia (difficult labor) and therefore results in easier and safer deliveries for both the mother and baby.

As more women are seeking the benefits of chiropractic services throughout pregnancy, more health care providers are seeking trained doctors of chiropractic in their communities to refer their pregnant patients to. Discuss these options with your health care provider. If they are not yet familiar with chiropractic services in pregnancy, ask them to find out more about its many benefits. Most importantly, seek options that support your body’s natural abilities to function and find a team of providers who are respectful of your choices.

Chiropractic services refers to the care and maintenance of the spinal column, discs, nerves and bones without the use of surgery or drugs. Best Chiropractors readjust the joints of the body that are misaligned. In particular, best chiropractors tend to work on the spine, the area that tends to create the most nerve stress. Yes, chiropractic is far more than mere pain relief. Feeling good, staying healthy and doing the things that make us happy are what keeps us looking forward to each new day. Regular chiropractic care increase the quality of life and increase health and well being.

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