Chiropractic for Pregnancy in Peterborough?
The physical stress of pregnancy can lead to a great deal of discomfort. It's common for women in Peterborough to visit a chiropractic office regularly for low back pain, as well as other related issues, such as sciatica, leg cramps and constipation. This can lead to difficulty performing daily tasks as well as difficulties in labor.
Chiropractic care may also help to be a very safe and effective option for pregnant mothers and may help reduce discomfort associated with their changing bodies and to help prepare them for childbirth. Our Torque Release Technique is very gentle and may help restore balance to the mother’s spine and pelvis, thus alleviating the common aches and pains associated with pregnancy. Common pregnancy complaints include back, hip, rib and sciatic pain. We have helped hundreds of expectant mothers find substantial relief of these symptoms through chiropractic.
Prenatal Chiropractic in Peterborough
During pregnancy, a woman’s body is undergoing a number of different changes to accommodate the growing baby. As the baby grows, a mother’s center of gravity shifts to the front of her pelvis, resulting in added stress and discomfort in the lower back and the various joints of the pelvis. At the peak of pregnancy, resulting from the associated weight gain, the curve in the lower back (lordotic curve) can increase to the point of causing a serious impact on the vertebral joints, the sacrum, and the hip joints.
The nerves that travel to all other parts of the body have their origin in the spine. When the spine is compressed, these nerves can become irritated causing the pain to radiate to other areas of the body. Sciatica is a condition commonly stimulated by pregnancy, involving pain that radiates from the lower back all the way down the legs.
If a previous issue exists with the alignment of the spine, and there has been a history of lower back problems, pregnancy will often aggravate the condition. Pregnancy can cause the spine to become misaligned to the point that it does not simply go back into place once the pregnancy is complete. This can make the tasks that become necessary once the child is born, such as carrying a baby on your front or back, breast-feeding, and bending over to lift and pick things up, painfully difficult.
Prenatal Chiropractic Care
Pregnancy also releases a hormone called relaxin, which relaxes your ligaments to allow for the growth of the baby and opening of the mother’s pelvis. This may exaggerate the effects of an existing spinal or pelvic condition. Chiropractic may work with your body to encourage structural, nervous system and hormonal balance and may allow for an optimal, enjoyable pregnancy and birth.
Dr. Ed is also trained in the Webster Technique, which is a way of analyzing and adjusting the sacrum and pelvis to reduce nervous system interference and restore proper biomechanical function to the spine and pelvis. This may not only reduce pain associated with a changing body but helps to allow the baby to assume the best possible position for birth. This technique may also be used to help the baby get out of a breech position.
If you are curious about how chiropractic can help you with your pregnancy call our team at Dr. Ed's Gentle Chiropractic today. We are here to help.