How Does Chiropractic Help in Pregnancy?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that supports the integrated relationship between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system.
Pre existing imbalances in your spine and pelvis can become pronounced during pregnancy. The normal changes that occur in a pregnant woman’s body can result in further misalignments, due to the rapid growth of the baby and the accommodations that your body makes.
Common pregnancy discomforts can be relieved or prevented with regular chiropractic care.
The uterus is supported in the pelvis by ligaments. If the spine or pelvis is out of alignment it can cause a torquing or twisting of the uterine ligaments that can result in uterine tension. This tension may restrict the baby’s movement and can impact ideal baby positioning. Even if the baby is in a head down position at the time of birth, the normal process and progression of labour can be hindered if the baby’s head is tilted or turned.
Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy helps to establish pelvic balance.
This can optimize the room a baby has for development which can decrease the potential for undue stress on the baby’s developing spine and nervous system. With a balanced pelvis, the baby has a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth which can create an environment for an easier, safer delivery.
Regular chiropractic adjustments are a proactive choice to maintain optimal health and pain-free function of the body.
What is the Webster Technique?
The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic assessment and adjustment that promotes balance in the pelvis and reduces stress to the uterus and supporting ligaments. Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) created this adjustment as a safe way of establishing proper pelvic balance and function. At no time does a chiropractor attempt to change the position of the fetus as is done in external cephalic version (ECV).
Dr. Lee Phillips has a unique approach to chiropractic care. He not only utilizes chiropractic adjustments, he also addresses the soft tissues using Active Release Techniques (ART®) and he maintains recognized certification status for the Webster protocol.
As more women are seeking the benefits of chiropractic care throughout pregnancy, more health care providers are seeking trained Doctors of Chiropractic in their communities to refer their pregnant patients to. Discuss these options with your health care provider. If they are not yet familiar with Chiropractic care in pregnancy ask them to find out more about its many benefits. Most importantly, seek options that support your body’s natural abilities to function and find a team of providers who are respectful of your choices.