Chiropractic & Healthy Pregnancy
If there is one group of people who need chiropractic spinal checkups more than any other, it's pregnant women.
The body of a pregnant woman is undergoing many physical, chemical and psychological changes. Her center of gravity is changing along with the extra weight she's carrying. Hormonal changes make her spine and pelvis more flexible in preparation for childbirth. She has dozens of new things to worry about: carrying the baby to full term, morning sickness, backaches, leg pain, labor, and her baby's healthy development.
Spinal misalignments, or subluxations, interfere with the nervous system and its ability to communicate with the body. When subluxations are corrected through chiropractic adjustment, reproductive and other important systems can receive messages from the nervous system without interference, the body can function more effectively, better resist disease, and better handle the rigors of pregnancy and childbirth. Chiropractic care can help a woman avoid medications and ensure that she is as healthy and strong as possible during (and after) her pregnancy.
Chiropractors have noted over hundreds of years that spinal manipulation can minimize or eliminate some common conditions including:
Miscarriage - Morning sickness - Back, leg and joint pain - Lengthy labor - Postpartum depression
The Webster Breech Technique
One of the latest developments in chiropractic prenatal care assists in turning breech presentations. Developed by the late Larry Webster, D.C., the technique releases stress on the pregnant woman's pelvis, causing the uterus to relax and the allowing the baby to turn naturally. Dr. Webster stated that it is "up to 94% successful in turning babies in utero so they can be delivered easily."