At Relief, we are well versed in treating pregnant patients. It’s a time where you need to feel comfortable that healthcare decisions are in your (and your baby’s) best interests. We are honoured when we are able to look after the whole family.
Pregnancy is a unique time of a woman’s life, where huge changes are happening throughout the body. The distribution of weight completely changes how stress goes through the pelvis, the abdominal muscles weaken, and hormones loosen the ligaments throughout the spine. This sometimes causes it to become unstable, creating joint protection, lack of proper movement and pain.
Chiropractic in Pregnancy
Chiropractic care helps keep the stress off joints that have chosen to ‘splint’ and stiffen due to the changes above. This allows the pelvis to sit evenly, often making it much more comfortable and functional during pregnancy. We have treated many patients with upper back pain, pelvic girdle pain, uncomfortable lower back pain and ‘nervy’ pains through the hip, groin and legs. Aside from these sorts of conditions, many patients notice that they are walking better, moving better and feel ‘straighter’, which we feel can only be a good thing for general fitness and the delivery of your baby(1).
1. Bernard Maria et. Al. ‘Chiropractic management of pregnancy related lumbopelvic pain: a case study.’ J Chiropr Med. 2016 Jun; 15(2): 129-133.
Safety of Chiropractic in Pregnancy
Chiropractic is safe and effective during pregnancy(2), even in the first trimester where some treatments such as massage therapy are contraindicated. As you might imagine, X-rays during pregnancy are inappropriate due to the potential damage to the foetus. However, a detailed physical examination can reveal areas of greatest stress and allow the chiropractor to adjust the joints comfortably. In earlier stages, patients are often able to lie on their front, however later on many techniques can be used face up, sitting or in side-lying postures for the patient’s comfort.
2. Borggren Cara L. ‘Pregnancy and Chiropractic: a narrative review of the literature.’ J Chiropr Med. 2007 Spring; 6(2):70-74.
Massage Therapy During Pregnancy
Massage therapy is safe to utilise during the second two trimesters of pregnancy. In the first trimester, such treatments are better avoided due to the (very small) risk of miscarriage.
Massage therapy might be used to aid relaxation and sleep, as well as reduce stress during what can be a difficult time. Many patients choose to have some massage therapy in the last months of pregnancy, when lower stress levels are desired for a calm and natural birth. Click here to learn more about massage therapy.
Still unsure about a visit to a Cambridge Chiropractor?
If you live near Cambridge and have pain or other symptoms, or if you want to improve the function of your body, chiropractic is a safe and very effective solution. If you are unsure whether chiropractic care is right for you, then you should consider booking either a consultation or a FREE telephone call with our principal chiropractor. During this time, the process of chiropractic care will be explained fully. There is no obligation to continue with the visits.