Pregnancy Chiropractic Care
It is also very beneficial for the baby as adjustments ensure pelvic alignment and mobility, which prepares you for labour.
Hormonal changes in pregnancy affect the musculoskeletal system. The hormone Relaxin decreases stiffness in cartilage, joints and tendons and creates a laxity in connective tissue to allow the growth of the baby and loosens ligaments within the pelvis to facilitate an easier delivery. Relaxin also has an effect on the hip joints, shoulders, and the joints in the feet and ankles. The ligament laxity can cause pain and altered biomechanics throughout the lower limbs and altered spinal alignment.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can relieve pain and discomfort associated with stress on the spine from changing biomechanics. As your baby grows, and the uterus expands, the centre of gravity shifts, and can create pressure on the hips, pelvis, and lower back, resulting in low back pain, sciatica, and other conditions that are common in pregnancy.
Pregnancy chiropractic care can reduce pelvic and low back pain, pubic symphysis discomfort, rib pain, balance the pelvis and pelvic ligaments and even allow you to keep active, and sleep more comfortably.
Conservative care including spinal manipulation and mobilization of joints and soft tissue can help reduce pain and improve mobility.
A chiropractor can suggest safe exercises and stretches to help your body prepare for delivery. Developing a plan with the chiropractor will ensure a quicker recovery and help with post-natal biomechanical complaints and rehabilitation.
Dr Natasha Hayden is a pediatric and prenatal chiropractor that is passionate about helping her community discover just how good their bodies are designed to feel, so they can do more of what they love.
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