Pregnant women have special needs. Obviously! As a community, we tend to make extra efforts to accommodate. We open doors, give extra food, and tidy up so that they can have just a little more rest. It comes naturally and it is for a good reason; their bodies are doing something amazing and it is taxing. The special treatment should not stop giving up the good seat on the bus! Pregnancy-specific chiropractic care is a fantastic tool to help you make it through pregnancy with the least amount of discomfort possible so you can stay active as you prepare for the big day.
A pregnant woman’s body is undergoing tremendous and wonderful changes, but these changes aren’t without consequence. The increase of weight in the front alters their centre of gravity and changes the biomechanical forces in her joints as she walks and moves. As she nears the end of her nine-month adventure, the ligaments that hold the joints together start to loosen in preparation for the main event. If the joints don’t feel stable anymore because of the lax ligaments, then the muscles may become tense and brace around them to provide additional support.
A woman’s body spends a lot of energy build a baby (or babies). That body deserves special treatment. Chiropractor care is a safe and effective way to help your body adapt to the changing biomechanics demands and forces on your tissues. The more "gracefully" you can adapt to these body changes, the better you will load your tissues, meaning less aches and pains.
The primary goal of chiropractic care during pregnancy is to keeping you feeling great so you can maintain exercise and keep up with your activities of daily living.
Because of the many changes in biomechanics and physiology during pregnancy, the physical needs of pregnant women are unique. Chiropractic techniques can be modified to accommodate for those changes, providing gentle and effective options for pain-relief and problem solving.
All of the Doctors of Chiropractic at AltaVie Integrated Family Health have training and experience in paediatric and maternity care, including Webster Technique. We are dedicate to providing the highest level of neuromusculoskeletal health care and manual therapy for the moms and moms-to-be in Kelowna. (Don't worry; we won't kick you out after you have your baby either.)
Resources & References
Peterson CK, Muhlemann D, Humphreys BK. Outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment: a prospective cohort study with short term, medium term and 1 year follow-up. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies. 2014; 22:15.