Pregnancy and the Chiropractic Lifestyle
Many women find their labor shorter and experience less discomfort if they've received chiropractic care.
Modified approaches can make chiropractic adjustments for pregnant moms easy and more comfortable.
As the center of gravity changes, so does the stress to the spine.
This period of rapid development, hormonal changes, the laxity of
connective ligaments, and shifting of weight-bearing structures, may
cause many pregnant women to experience low back pain.
Chiropractic care can be quite helpful.
Besides helping to relieve the discomfort many expectant mothers
experience, chiropractic care helps normalize nervous system function.
This is an important component of overall good health.
The benefits of chiropractic care may also be noticed during delivery.
Many chiropractic patients report that their deliveries were faster and
more comfortable than their deliveries prior to chiropractic care!
Your Doctor of Chiropractic will take special precautions with you during your pregnancy.
Modifications to the table or adjusting techniques are made during each
stage of pregnancy. Your chiropractor is a specialist in the location,
reduction and stabilization of the vertebral subluxation complex, which
can be related to many of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with
pregnancy and labor. Pamper yourself and your baby with regular
Women who exercise moderately, quit smoking, eat healthy foods, and
avoid alcohol during their pregnancies are to be congratulated. Those
receiving prenatal chiropractic checkups can increase their nervous
system capacity to function at its very best. This is an important
element in creating a healthy foundation for developing babies.
Constant structural changes, physical and emotional stresses provide
the opportunity for beneficial chiropractic care during all stages of
Chiropractors are experts in the care of the bones, nerves, muscles and
connective tissues that make up about 60% of your body. All of the
joints in your body are part of this musculo-skeletal system and its
optimal function is necessary for overall good health. Ask your Doctor
of Chiropractic for more information about a care program that may
include specific spinal adjustments, exercise recommendations,
nutritional advice or other conservative methods of care based on your
health history, age, current condition and lifestyle.
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