Pregnancy and chiropractic care

Chiropractic care has been proven time and time again as an effective tool to combat the stresses of everyday life. When a woman becomes pregnant there are significant additional stresses placed on her body, which leads to a large number of pregnant women suffering from unnecessary pain and discomfort.

As the child is developing the mother will gain anywhere from 20 to 50 pounds in the abdomen, which puts a much greater load on the sacroiliac joints. As the belly projects forward the lordotic lumbar curve is increased, putting more sheer forces into the lumbar spine. The developing child is constantly moving around, which can cause serious problems in the pelvic region. The effort the mother has to make to hold the baby causes compensation in the upper back and neck which often times shows up as joint irritation, muscle spasm, and headaches. Increase in hormone circulation of relaxin in the final trimester can cause further hypermobility and decrease the overall stability of the spine.

In a nutshell, there are a lot of extra stresses being placed on the woman’s body in these nine months, which chiropractic can help. The goal of chiropractic during pregnancy is to counteract these forces.

Maintaining proper spinal motion and function during pregnancy not only helps relieve discomfort, but by removing interference of the nervous system the pregnancy will help the body perform optimally throughout pregnancy and into delivery. Having aberrant pressure in the pelvis makes it difficult for the baby to get in the best position for delivery. Statistics have shown that women who seek chiropractic care throughout pregnancy have, on average, 25 per cent shorter labour times during their first pregnancy and 31 per cent shorter in a following pregnancy.

So if you are pregnant or know someone who is, why not stop by Galway City Chiropractic for a complimentary assessment, or call the clinic on 091 567055 to book your appointment. Pregnancy is tough enough without having to deal with the aches and pains alone. Have a qualified practioner help you throughout the process. A lifetime of wellness for you and your baby starts now.

Dr Greg Tollefson BSc (Hons ) CSC FRCms DC

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