ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TIMES FOR A WOMAN TO RECEIVE CHIROPRACTIC CARE IS DURING HER PREGNANCY.
Pregnancy is a magical time in a woman’s life, but it does not promise to be comfortable. It’s like training for a new sport - you loaded up on prenatal vitamins, keep a daily routine of birthing stretches and exercises, and watch in awe as your body responds to this new activity in preparation for the ultimate race called childbirth. Dr. Amy is passionate about supporting expecting mothers throughout their pregnancy journey with the validation, care, attention, and nurturing warranted during this stage of their lives.
From the moment of conception, a woman’s body goes through a series of dramatic changes that can cause unwanted pain and discomfort especially in the back, pelvic, tailbone, and hips as well as postural changes. Even more, expecting mothers face the challenge of how to continue doing the things they love while their bodies are growing and changing daily.
Dr. Amy has special training in the Webster Technique, which is a specific sacral adjustment to help facilitate the expecting mother's pelvic alignment and nerve system function. This in turn balances pelvic muscles and ligaments, reduces torsion to the uterus and low back. In addition to physical adjustments, she supports prenatal and postpartum women in reassessing their exercise routines, recreational activities, sports, and other physical activities in ways that respect their changing bodies and safely allow them to maintain a level of normalcy in their physical well being.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy is a safe and drug-free way to relieve pain while maintaining the health of you and your baby.
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Possible symptoms related to spinal misalignment during pregnancy:
Low back and hip pain
Sciatic nerve pain
Pubic symphysis pain
Round/abdominal ligament pain
Neck and upper back pain
Upper shoulder tension
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I go to the chiropractor if I am pregnant?
Most pregnant women are referred for lower back or pelvic pain associated with pregnancy. This includes localized lower back pain, sciatica (radiating leg pain), groin pain, and leg or thigh pain. Some patients present with middle back pain, rib pain, neck pain or headaches.
Benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy could include:
Relief from back, neck or joint pain
Controlling symptoms of nausea
Reduction in time of labor and delivery
Prevention of a potential cesarean delivery
Is Chiropractic treatment safe during pregnancy?
Yes! Gentle chiropractic treatment including joint mobilization, soft tissue treatment, and therapeutic exercise is safe and effective during pregnancy. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to address the challenges of the pregnant body including loosening ligaments and increased weight.
How often will I need treatment during my pregnancy?
A treatment plan will be individually tailored for your specific condition and depends on your week of pregnancy. Treatment recommendations range usually start at 1-2x/month and may increase as the due date approaches.
What else can I do at home between my office visits to help my pain?
In addition to drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet, home care recommendations usually include ice, physio-ball exercises, and gentle stretching. A maternity belt support may be recommended as well. Exercises are tailored specifically for each patient.
Can chiropractic treatment really reduce my time in labor?
A research study showed that patients under chiropractic care during pregnancy had decreased labor times by 24-39%!
Is my treatment over after my baby is born?
Prior to returning to routine personal care, at least one postpartum evaluation is recommended before the ligaments around the pelvis tighten. Usually this occurs about the same time as your postpartum visit to your birth provider at 2-4 weeks.