Pre-Natal & Post-Natal Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care, throughout all stages of pregnancy, is a safe and effective method to eliminate or limit the pain that can be felt due to the extra strain presented to the body. Pregnancy has an effect on posture, center of gravity, spinal function and pelvic motion. Studies have shown that nearly half of all pregnant women experience low back pain at some stage of their pregnancy. Chiropractors work with the body‘s ability to adapt and function the way it is designed to. Chiropractic care in pregnancy is vital to the normal physiological function of both the mother and baby in pregnancy and birth:
In the mother:
- Prepares the pelvis for an easier pregnancy and birth by creating a state of balance in pelvic bony structures, muscles and ligaments.
- Removes potential tension on the ligaments that support the uterus therefore reducing torsion, which can cause intrauterine constraint, to the woman‘s uterus.
- Reduces interference to the mother‘s vital nervous system which controls and coordinates all of her systems and functions.
- Allows for a safer easier birth for the mother decreasing the potential for intervention.
To the infant:
- Removes interference to the mother‘s nerve system allowing for better baby development.
- Allows the baby the room to develop without restrictions to its forming cranium, spine and other skeletal structures.
- Offers the baby the room to move into the best possible position for birth reducing the chance of abnormal presentation of the fetus.
- With proper fetal positioning, there is a significant decrease in dystocia and the resulting birth trauma caused by intervention
Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is one reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy. When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery.
The Webster Technique is defined as a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment which reduces nerve system stress, improves pelvic muscle and ligament function reducing torsion to the uterus and potential intrauterine constraint allowing the baby to get into the best possible position for birth.
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported in the July/August 2002 issue an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when doctors of chiropractic used the Webster Technique. Further, the results from the study suggest that it may be beneficial to perform the Webster Technique as soon as the 8th month of pregnancy when a woman has a breech presentation.