Chiropractic adjustments are safe and gently, and have been shown to be effective in relieving low back, joint and neck pain. Balancing of the pelvis and ligaments is essential to allow for the optimal positioning of the baby. This will decrease the chances of breech positions and also the time needed for labour and childbirth.
On average, 61% of pregnant women will experience low back pain. A study demonstrated that with chiropractic care, 95% of women that experienced low back pain had a decrease in pain intensity, with no adverse effects1.
Chiropractic Services for Pregnancy
Pregnancy changes the body in more ways than you might expect. Weight gain, coupled with postural changes increases the physical stress on the spine. In addition, pregnancy hormones such as progesterone and relaxin cause laxity of muscles and ligaments in the body. This makes the body more at risk for misalignment and injury.
Hence, we see many expectant mums with symptoms like back pain, shooting pain down the legs, groin pain, headaches and fatigue. It is important to know that although these experiences are common, they are not normal, and there are ways to help you have a healthier and more enjoyable pregnancy.
Common issues found in pregnant women:
- Pelvic misalignment
- Tight and imbalanced pelvic muscles and ligaments.
- Poor spinal function in the neck and upper back
These spinal issues can result in:
- Pain and discomfort in the back, groin, and legs
- Baby not being able to go into the most optimal position for birth - breech baby
- Long and difficult labour
- Neck pain
- Numbness and tingling in arms
Why is it important to have a well-functioning pelvis during pregnancy?
The uterus is attached to the pelvis by ligaments. These ligaments function to support the uterus together with pelvic floor muscles. A misalignment of the pelvis or tailbone can unevenly pull on these uterine ligaments, resulting in pain in expectant mothers. This misalignment of the pelvis can also cause tension on the uterus and tightening of specific pelvic muscles, preventing the baby from assuming the most optimal position for birth. This tension and torsion of muscles can further cause discomfort for expectant mums.
How can chiropractic adjustment affect baby positioning?
By restoring balance and function in mum’s pelvis, we reduce intrauterine constraint, encouraging the developing baby to assume the best possible position for birth - - head-down, facing in towards you. This is significant because it affects the mum’s ability and trust in her body to have a natural, non-invasive birth.
How can chiropractic increase my potential for a smooth labour and birth?
A difficult labour can be caused by decreased uterine function, pelvic imbalance, and less optimal positioning of the baby in the womb.
These three factors can be improved by correcting pelvic misalignment through chiropractic adjustments. When mums have good spinal alignment, uterine function improves, the pelvis is more balanced, and the baby has more room to move into an optimal position. All of these can contribute to an easier labour, and allow you a higher chance of a birth with minimal medical interventions.
What are the benefits of regular chiropractic care during pregnancy?
- Relieve pain and discomfort in areas like the neck, back, and groin.
- Supports your body’s natural abilities to function by restoring spinal health and reducing adverse interference in the nervous system.
- Help you maintain a healthy and enjoyable pregnancy
- Allow for optimal baby positioning; encourage breech babies to turn head down, avoiding the worries and interventions associated with a breech presentation.
- Support you in having an easy and quick labour
- Give you the best possible chance of having a natural, non-invasive birth
Is Chiropractic safe during pregnancy?
Yes, it is safe for women to receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. Some even benefit from this gentle practice during labour. Chiropractic is a way of promoting maternal and child health without the use of drugs and surgery. Chiropractors are trained to work with pregnant women with gentle, effective techniques to get great results.
1. Anthony J. Lisi. J Midwifery Womens Health 2006(Jan); 51(1): e7-10.