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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Written by Megan Kimmelshue



Pregnancy is an amazing but odd time in a woman's life. Sometimes it feels like a baby is happening "to" us instead of "in" us. It is, in a way. The body's knowledge of how to nourish and sustain life is nothing short of miraculous, but the growing of this little miracle can be uncomfortable and sometimes downright painful!

As the body shifts to accommodate your growing baby and softens with the influx of the hormone relaxin, joint, back, and sciatic pain can become a common complaint. Not only do our bodies loosen, but our center of balance shifts, too! Babies sitting high near the rib cage (or in my case, when you're short waisted and carrying twins) can cause ribs to ache or pop out of place. Ouch!


Fortunately, a qualified and experienced chiropractor can help! Nervous about getting cracked or popped? Chiropractors who have experience working with pregnant clients are specially trained and use gentle adjustments to keep the pelvis balanced and properly aligned, allowing the baby to properly engage when it's time. Studies have shown that regular chiropractic care during pregnancy reduced back pain in 84% of all cases and can even reduce back labor!   



Chiropractors who are trained and certified in the Webster Technique can also use specific manipulation to help turn a breech baby. A study of this manipulation found that the technique resolved the baby's breech position in 92% of cases. Considering the high rate of cesareans today (plus the unwillingness of more OBs to deliver a breech baby), the Webster technique should be an option for every eligible pregnant woman.

Another type of gentle bodywork that can be incredibly effective during pregnancy is Craniosacral Therapy (CST), which supports deep relaxation and healing by balancing the membranes and fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.  According to therapist Carol Gray, "An important goal of a pregnancy CST session is to gently improve mobility in the mother's pelvis so her baby can more easily assume an ideal position for birth. This can promote a timely, easier birth for mom and baby."

The best place to find a chiropractor who specializes in prenatal care is the by searching the database on the American Pregnancy Association site. To find a craniosacral therapist, you can use the database on the Upledger Institute. Ideally, you'd be able to find both in one qualified practitioner.


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Sources:

Pregnancy and chiropractic: a narrative review of the literature. J Chiro Med. 2007 Spring; 6(2): 70-74.

The Webster Technique: a chiropractic technique with obstetric implications. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2002 Jul-Aug; 25(6): E1-9.



Craniosacral Therapy for Pregnancy and Postpartum. CarolGray.com 

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