Pregnancy and Chiropractic
This period of rapid development, hormonal changes, the laxity of connective ligaments, and the shifting of weight bearing structures may cause many pregnant women to experience back or sciatic nerve pain. Chiropractic care can relieve the discomfort many expectant mothers experience. It is safe to receive chiropractic adjustments through the entire pregnancy, and many women report quicker and easier deliveries when receiving regular chiropractic care.
The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic adjustment for pregnant mothers. This technique corrects pelvic ligaments and muscles, allowing the baby to get into the best position for birth. It has a high rate of success for allowing breech babies to go into a normal head down position. This technique is safe and gentle and facilitates easier, safer deliveries for both the mother and baby.
Adjustments in the postpartum period quicken recovery time and assist the body in normalizing pelvic biomechanics. It is also helpful to reduce the postural strains of nursing and caring for the newborn.
Pregnancy and Massage Therapy
Benefits of Pre Natal Massage
- Eases stress on weight-bearing joints and muscles.
- Alleviates sciatic pain.
- Stabilizes the rotation of the pelvis.
- Assists with decreasing edema (swelling in the body, especially the legs and feet).
- Reduces pain caused by compromised posture and muscle imbalances through therapist assisted stretches and take home exercises.
- Eases the discomfort of the baby pushing up into the ribs through breathing techniques that expand the diaphragm.
- Provides the laboring mother with focus and increased relaxation.
- Addresses posture shifts in the gravity balance and changes in the musculoskeletal structures through postural education and movement awareness exercises.
Benefits of Post Natal Massage
- Alleviates the birth trauma in the tissues.
- Alleviates muscle spasms.
- Alleviates tension in the neck, shoulders, lower back and hips.
- Therapist assisted stretches and take home exercises stretch and strengthen muscles affected by the new body patterns of holding and caring for an infant.
- Facilitates the physiological healing and postural realignment of spine & pelvis.
- Facilitates the reawakening and rehabilitation of the abdominal musculature after birth through postural education and movement awareness exercises.