What is Pregnancy Chiropractic
Pregnancy chiropractic is focussed on the premise that nurturing a strong, healthy spine and pelvis throughout your pregnancy will allow your baby to grow efficiently while minimising discomfort to you as your body undergoes drastic alteration. During pregnancy, existing postural issues may intensify, and you may experience some back and pelvic pain caused by the weight of your growing baby, changes to posture as you walk or stand and the softening of ligaments as your hips widen to make space for the baby to be born
As your baby grows, the uterus expands and the pelvis shifts to help keep your centre of gravity stable. Your pubic bone and tailbone move backward, increasing the arch in your lower back. Your ribcage also stretches to provide additional space for your lungs, often leading to pain in the ribs.
To compensate for these postural alterations, specific muscle groups must work harder to support your body in the upright position and have the strength to accommodate your baby’s growth. Over time, these muscles can shorten and become very tight.
All these stresses can lead to discomfort and difficulty with performing routine daily activities. Chiropractic care in pregnancy is a safe and gentle way to promote comfort and minimise back pain as well as support the natural birthing process. Chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue therapy are highly specific and help restore balance to the spine and pelvic region.
Chiropractors work with the body’s natural ability to adapt and function in the way it’s designed to. In pregnancy, Chiropractic care helps to restore and maintain normal physiological function and reduce maternal physical stresses, benefitting both you and your baby in pregnancy and birth.
Many people experience lower back strain and pain along the sciatic nerve because of postural and other difficulties. Developed by Dr Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Paediatric Association (ICPA), the chiropractic Webster Technique helps reduce sacroiliac joint dysfunction and improves nerve and mechanical function in the pelvis.
In pregnancy, however, you are at greater risk because of hormone surges, weight gain and shifting your centre of gravity to support your growing belly. Problems such as the misalignment of key pelvic muscles and ligaments may even prevent your baby from taking up the best possible position for birth, leading to a difficult labour. Fortunately, even if your baby is in the breech position, the Webster Technique can often help correct the situation.
We recommend you have your spine and pelvis checked regularly throughout your pregnancy to detect and adjust any developing difficulties. Not only will you maximise the health of your own system but also reduce stress to your baby’s developing spine and nervous system, benefitting you both.