Are you suffering from aches and pains during your pregnancy or are you planning on getting pregnant in the near future? If so, now is the time to get checked by a chiropractor.

Chiropractic can help to restore correct pelvic biomechanics so your body is able to carry and deliver your baby with minimal stress. Many women learn to accept pregnancy discomforts such as, low back pain, leg pain, nausea, constipation, pubic pain etc, when in fact natural approaches such as chiropractic can help.

During pregnancy the body creates different hormones. One such is Relaxin, which helps to loosen the joints of the spine and pelvis, preparing your body for the delivery process. This loosening can create some instability within the spine, in turn affecting some ligaments and muscles, which is when you’ll start to experience some of the above mentioned discomforts.

Webster technique is a specific technique used by chiropractors on pregnant women to restore proper function to the pelvis. This helps promote a stress free labour for the mother. This technique involves assessment of the spine and pelvis followed by gentle and specific adjustments.

There are several benefits of being adjusted throughout a pregnancy. Studies have shown that with regular chiropractic care first time mothers averaged a 24% shorter labour time whilst experienced mothers showed a 39% decrease in average labour time. Another study showed that there was a 50% decrease in the need for medical intervention, such as epidurals and other pain medication, with women that underwent regular chiropractic treatment during pregnancy.

Regular chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy can help to restore proper pelvic function. Thus, reducing symptoms of pain and discomfort for the mother.

SPINAL CARE TIPS DURING PREGNANCY

  • When getting up from a lying position, don’t try sitting straight up. Instead, bend your knees, roll onto your side and push yourself up using your arms.
  • Avoid one sided positions or repetitive movements. Move frequently.
  • Remember to unlock your knees when standing.
  • Avoid lifting older siblings, sit to hold/cuddle them.
  • Let others carry heavy items for you.
  • Keep pelvic floor strong with regular exercise.
  • Focus on breathing deeply into the abdomen.
  • Sleep with a pillow between your knees to take stress off your pelvis.
  • Have regular massages and spinal checks by a chiropractor.

If you would like more information or would like to book an appointment at Neurohealth Chiropractic – please call the clinic on 9905 9099 or email us admin@neurohealthchiro.com.au or fill in the contact form from our website www.neurohealthchiro.com.au

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