Chiropractic care during pregnancy has been proven to be both beneficial and safe. If you’ve considered prenatal chiropractic, learn more about the specific benefits.
The latest data shows that an estimated 50% of pregnant women1 will experience back pain at some point in their pregnancy. However, among this group of women, studies suggest that only 20% will see a physician for treatment. Unfortunately, among the women who seek out conventional medical solutions, limited help is available. Since it is unsafe for women to take most medications at all stages of pregnancy, there are not many effective ways to correct back pain (and other pains) until post-delivery. Thankfully, chiropractic care can address the root cause of pain with safe and natural adjustments.
If you are new to prenatal chiropractic in Charleston, you may have some doubts about its effectiveness. In addition to the positive anecdotal testimonials, research has been able to prove that chiropractic adjustments are effective in treating pain, and promoting wellbeing during pregnancy. In fact, one study showed that “75% of women who suffered with back pain found relief [through] chiropractic treatment.”2 This study in particular was a retrospective study of 400 pregnancies and deliveries, and revealed that chiropractic treatment is helpful for all stages of pregnancy. Also, it was noted that those who received regular treatments experienced less pain during delivery.
The most obvious way in which regular chiropractic adjustments can provide comfort to mothers-to-be is through the relief of various aches and pains. Not only can back pain become a significant problem, but other discomforts form throughout the body for most women. This can include pain in the hips, as well as joint pain. Regular chiropractic care can ease these pains by putting the pelvis and spine in alignment. Oftentimes, women are also shown stretches that can help ease pain and tension between appointments.
Outside of pain relief, scientific studies have also revealed some other interesting benefits of prenatal chiropractic adjustments. The proper alignment of the pelvis can positively affect your baby’s chances of moving into the proper position for birth. As a result, it can also increase your chances of having a natural birth, and avoiding invasive procedures (such as a c-section). Having all parts of the body in alignment can improve your chances of a smooth delivery, which is ultimately beneficial to your baby’s health.
Many women who are new to chiropractic care may be nervous about having regular adjustments done during each stage of pregnancy. However, there is absolutely no reason to be anxious about this type of care. The American Pregnancy Association states that “there are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy.”3 In addition to this statement, health professionals across the globe endorse chiropractic care as a safe, all-natural method of providing pain relief without the use of potentially harmful medications.
In rare cases, there are instances in which some women must avoid certain activities, including chiropractic care due to complications in pregnancy. If you have safety concerns due to an ongoing complication, it is always best to check with your doctor or chiropractor in advance.
Larry Webster, D.C. is most notably known for his accomplishment in developing the Webster Technique4. Prior to the birth of my second daughter, we used this highly effective method for its many advantages. Among the benefits of the Webster Technique4, moms-to-be enjoy the relief brought about by achieving optimal pelvic alignment, which can reduce pain and delivery time.
However, one of the technique’s most unique benefits is its ability to reverse a baby’s position when he or she is in breech presentation. According to The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, women experience an “82% success rate of babies turning vertex when doctors of chiropractic used the Webster Technique.” Even if an individual has not received regular chiropractic care throughout pregnancy, the use of this technique in the final month can be a major factor in having a safe, fast, and natural delivery.
Nearly all women can benefit from regular chiropractic care during pregnancy. Aligning the pelvis and spine are key for healthy and minimal pain experience. Not only can chiropractic care reduce pain and increase overall wellbeing during pregnancy, but it can also improve your chances of having an uncomplicated birth. This benefits both you and your baby in multiple ways. Whether you are early in your pregnancy, or in the final weeks, it is always a good time to explore how chiropractic care can give you a healthier pregnancy.
For more information about prenatal chiropractic in Charleston, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment.