Pregnancy is an exciting time in life and it should be celebrated and cherished. From the moment you conceive, mom’s body is influencing the growth of baby. While prenatal vitamins and a healthy diet (the biochemical component) are extremely important during this time, mom’s structural make up from the position of her hips to her posture and the state of her nervous system, are playing an equally important role in development. Chiropractic care aligns your joints, influences your nervous system, and monitors your posture to prevent pain.
Low back pain is pretty common during pregnancy and the reasons are your ever-changing posture and center of gravity, and of course the effects of hormones. As baby grows, the pelvis begins to tilt forward which causes increased tightness in the low back muscles and the neck. This tightness, along with the center of gravity shift, increases all of the curves in the spine too. This change in posture puts extra stress on the spine leading to those common aches and pains. As you get closer to your due date, the hormone relaxin greatly increases in the body. This hormone literally works to relax the ligaments and joints to allow for baby to move into vertex position and to make labor easier on you both.
Chiropractic care aims to relieve the stress the spinal column and to release tension in the muscles. You can help yourself to maintain good posture by following the guidelines in the diagram as well.
Read more about preventing back pain during pregnancy here.
Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic adjustment that aligns the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis. This in turn balances the muscles and ligaments that support the pelvis and prevents pelvis torsion and intrauterine constraint. It’s important to prevent and treat these conditions as they arise so that baby has optimal space to freely move around.
This technique also addresses the round ligaments which attach the uterus to the pubic bone. Often one of these ligaments will tighten in response to an unbalanced pelvis which furthers torsion, makes the uterus asymmetrical and causes a very uncomfortable pulling sensation in the groin.
Since this technique promotes balance in the uterus and pelvis, it is often known to flip a breech or transverse presenting baby, although this is not why it is performed.
Other Benefits of Chiropractic During Pregnancy
According the ICPA, women that receive regular chiropractic care typically see the following benefits:
· 39% reduction in labor times during 2nd/3rd pregnancies
· 50% reduction in the need for analgesics during labor
· 84% of womenreport relief of back pain
· The sacroiliac joints will maintain better function which means less back labor
· Faster posture healing postpartum
· Decreased risk of postpartum depression
Another way to relieve back, SI and pelvic pain is to support the belly with a belly band or support belt. If you find wearing one uncomfortable, ask your chiropractor if they do kinesiotaping. Kinesiotape gets applied directly to the skin and provides equal belly lifting and postural support as a belly band. Many women find the tape more comfortable as it doesn’t shift around and will remain in place for 5-7 days even through sleeping and showering. Kinesiotape can also over any area of pain and simply works to lift the skin and fascia away from the muscles slightly. Here are some ways kinesiotape can be used during pregnancy.