Now that New Years Eve and Valentine’s Day have passed, I have been receiving more and more enquiries into chiropractic care during pregnancy. Many expecting moms are both surprised and excited to hear that chiropractic care is safe, effective and highly encouraged throughout pregnancy!
Anyone who has birthed a child can agree that pregnancy is extremely tough on the body, specifically the spine. As baby starts to grow, so does the belly. This in turn causes our lumbar spine to curve forward in an attempt to counteract the change in our center of gravity. In many instances, this leads to low back and SI joint pain. This pain does not have to be something you live with throughout your pregnancy. Lead can help!
Webster technique is form of chiropractic care that I have been certified in though the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. This technique is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral restrictions and SI joint dysfunction, which ultimately allows for better functioning of the pelvis. When the pelvis is misaligned, specific muscles and ligaments will tighten. This not only causes tension within the mother, but can also prevent the baby from comfortably assuming the best possible position for birth. This adjustment helps to prepare the pelvis for an easier pregnancy and birth by creating balance within the joints, muscles and ligaments.
To date, there have been no known adverse events associated with chiropractic adjustments and the pregnant population. Of course, as with any other manual treatment, you may feel stiff or sore after an adjustment as it focuses on inducing movement into stiff joints and relaxing tissues.
In addition to your chiropractic adjustments, there are many other things you can do to prepare your body for labor and delivery, or to just get through your pregnancy in general. Earlier in our blog post series, our amazing massage therapist Amanda, and our resident naturopathic doctor, Dr. Willow, outlined some great points on self-care and acupuncture during pregnancy. If you haven’t done so already, please check them out!
As always, if you have any additional questions regarding Webster technique or chiropractic care, please do not hesitate to contact me at Lead Integrated Health Therapies!
Yours in health,
Dr. Rikki MacKenzie