Pregnancy should be an enjoyable life experience, however, during pregnancy a woman’s body goes through enormous changes. Due to ligament laxity and the shifting of the centre of gravity, mothers to be can develop poor posture and more than 50% of pregnant women experience ‘low back pain’.
There are many difficulties that you may experience during pregnancy, such as back pain, sore legs, headaches, sciatica, shortness of breath, dizziness, morning sickness, fatigue and Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction that can be attributable to the health of your spine. As Chiropractors are trained to recognise mechanical dysfunction of the spine, along with the muscles and joints, chiropractic can be a great source of relief during the 9 months of pregnancy (and beyond).
Chiropractic treatment offers a safe, gentle, drug free alternative for the relief of discomfort during pregnancy and can play an important role in ensuring that your body and spine are functioning normally.
This can result in less pain for the mother to be and more room for the developing baby so that both mother and baby experience less physical and emotional stress.
Also, by reducing the stresses and strains on the joints and muscles, normal daily activities can be continued throughout the 9 months and many women find that labour is shorter and less painful.
Chiropractors offer a conservative approach to treatment of pregnant women, without the use of any drug interventions. The aim is to alleviate the stresses and strains of pregnancy and to improve comfort for both mother and baby.
Chiropractors are in a unique position to determine special postural influences and muscle imbalances in each case, and to attend to the individual stressors with each visit.
Chiropractors provide appropriate exercise advice according to the patient’s pre-pregnancy level of fitness and current condition. Exercises can include those to strengthen the core muscles and pelvic floor, and stabilise and rebalance the pelvis.
Activity is important to:
• strengthen muscles to take on a bigger load
• make joints stronger and more flexible
• improve circulation
• help prepare for the physical exertion of labour and recovery afterwards
The treatment aims in the 1st-2nd trimester to support the biomechanical structure as soon as possible, and then in the later stages, to reduce tension, support the increased stress on the musculoskeletal frame, and maintain good alignment of the pelvis.
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