One of the most exciting times in a woman’s life is her pregnancy. It is important to stay healthy throughout each trimester of pregnancy and Balanced Care Chiropractic is here to help. A lot of women concentrate on eating right and keeping active but it is quite easy to overlook the strain that being pregnant can have on a woman’s spine and body. Balanced Care Chiropractic provides prenatal chiropractic care so you can stay healthy and have minimal pain during your pregnancy.
Your Prenatal Chiropractor
All chiropractors have undergone training to treat pregnant women but some undergo additional training and certification to make prenatal chiropractic care their specialty. Dr. Stephanie is Webster Certified by the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) and is here to provide you with the chiropractic care that you deserve during your pregnancy. Apart from ensuring that the pregnant body is correctly aligned throughout your entire pregnancy, the doctor will prepare a chiropractic care plan that will also provide important information regarding how to prep your body for labor and delivery including postpartum care.
Benefits Of Prenatal Chiropractic Care
Prenatal chiropractic care offers numerous benefits for both the mother and the unborn child. Apart from the most obvious benefit which includes relief from pain at the lower back, our prenatal chiropractic care has also significantly improved the quality of life of mothers during their pregnancy.
At Balanced Care Chiropractic you can expect to enjoy the following benefits from your prenatal chiropractic care:
- Reduction of nausea during pregnancy
- Correct alignment of the pelvis in preparation for delivery
- Reduction of sciatic nerve pain
- Elimination of the need for pain meds
- Reduction of labor and delivery times
For most pregnant women it is recommended to get prenatal chiropractic care once a month during the first trimester and increase the visits as your pregnancy progresses. It is important to note that each pregnancy is unique and there are certain conditions that may require further prenatal chiropractic care. Our certified prenatal chiropractor can offer you the best advice on how many visits you need to make during the duration of your pregnancy.
At Balanced Care Chiropractic, performing prenatal chiropractic care safely is the top priority when caring for an expectant mother and her unborn child. Dr. Stephanie is highly trained, experienced, and properly equipped to handle pregnant women. During treatment, many patients report substantial pain relief as a result of our intervention. Present literature tells us that prenatal chiropractic care is generally safe and we will work with you to individualize a treatment plan to suit your unique needs.
Back Pain During Pregnancy
Statistics show that over 50% of women will experience some form of back pain during pregnancy and a significant amount will experience discomfort so severe that it can have a negative impact on their daily living. Pregnancy-related back pain is a multi-factorial issue that rarely has a single cause. Apart from back pain, the other most common complaints are wrist pain and leg cramps.
The average healthy weight gain during pregnancy is around 30 pounds and most is centered on the abdomen adding a substantial frontal load. The added weight puts tremendous stress on the back, hips, knees, feet and ankles. The extra weight can also lead to an altered posture and change in biomechanics as the pregnant woman changes the way she sleeps, stands and moves during this period. As the unborn baby grows inside the uterus it expands and the abdominal muscles also stretch and lose their capability to support normally. The altered posture paired with shifting forward results to the pain and discomfort more particularly experienced in the lower back.
At the last trimester, the hormone “relaxin” increases resulting in the loosening of the joints so that the pelvis can accommodate the enlarged uterus and the baby during delivery. However this can lower joint stability and further disrupt normal posture. Moreover, other structures including muscles may also be stressed resulting in pain and possible injury. What you have is back pain as a result.
How Prenatal Chiropractic Care Can Help
Reduction of Back and Pelvic Pain – Through gentle chiropractic care that includes spinal manipulation and mobilization of joints and soft tissue we will be able to see less back pain and discomfort.
Relief of Aching and Tired Muscles – Our prenatal chiropractic care may include therapies such as soft tissue therapy. We can also recommend safe pregnancy exercises for you to do in order to help improve postural changes.
Childbirth Preparation – We can recommend safe and effective stretching exercises to prepare your body for the baby’s birth.
Quicker Recovery – As part of our comprehensive prenatal chiropractic care management we will institute modalities to allow for a speedier recovery while also addressing postnatal issues and rehabilitation goals.Pregnancy should be a special and memorable part of your life. don’t let back pain and discomfort ruin it for you. Call Balanced Care Chiropractic today to learn more about our comprehensive prenatal chiropractic care treatment program.