Prenatal Pain & Discomfort
Pregnancy is beautiful isn’t it? Absolutely, but it can also be uncomfortable and painful. As your belly grows, as can your pain and discomfort as your body attempts to compensate for the additional weight and size of your abdomen. In addition to your physical changes putting stress on your musculoskeletal system, hormonal and circulatory changes can also cause stress on your body. Chiropractic care is an ideal way to cope and alleviate the stress and pain that can accompany pregnancy – and without any medications (most of which you can’t take anyways due to your pregnancy).
An average pregnancy causes 20-40 pounds of weight gain and a substantial shift in your center of gravity. This means that your back, pelvis, and legs must compensate to allow you to stand, sit, and walk as normal as possible. In addition, the curvature of your spine changes and your abdominal muscles shift – furthering the stress of your back.
Hormonal and Circulatory Changes
With pregnancy comes more changes than just the physical one. Your body is producing more of certain hormones, less of others, and releasing new hormones. One such hormone, relaxin, softens the pelvic region, enabling it to stretch and accommodate a growing baby. This shift in structure and loosened muscles can also contribute to back pain, since your back is now left to support all of the weight. On average, women increase their blood supply by about 50% during pregnancy. Although this helps your baby get more of the nutrients it needs to grow, it also means that your body is going to be more prone to edema (water retention and the swelling of joints it can cause) and inflammation.
Chiropractic Care For Pregnancy Pain
With all of the above changes and pains or discomforts they can cause, it is no wonder pregnant women are looking for ways to relieve themselves of at least a fraction of this discomfort. Chiropractic treatment is a holistic method of reducing inflammation, swelling and irritation of joints, and minimizing pain, especially pain attributed to the lower back.
In addition to gentle adjustments along the spine and pelvic region, chiropractic treatment also extends to manual therapy and exercises. Manual therapy is a great way to reduce the stress of your muscles and exercises can help you to rebuild the strength of your core, back, and pelvic muscles.
As an added bonus, chiropractic care has also seen to improve the birthing process by reducing risk of breech and lessening the severity of contractions.