PREGNANCY & CHIROPRACTIC

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Vertebral Subluxations in Pregnancy

Vertebral subluxation is a term used to describe when a spinal bone has lost its normal position and ability to move properly which causes irritation to nearby delicate nerve tissue. The changes associated with pregnancy can aggravate or even cause a vertebral subluxation. Research has shown that as many as 56% of pregnant women experience back pain which can be a sign of advanced vertebral subluxation. Pregnancy should be a time to reflect on your family’s goals and dreams – not a time to be burdened with pain.

Gonstead Chiropractic & Pregnancy

Most pregnant mothers are aware of the benefits of avoiding alcohol, smoking and medications, and maintaining a nutritious diet for her and her developing baby’s health. However, many are unaware of the benefits that Gonstead chiropractic can provide. Numerous chiropractic patients report healthier pregnancies and more comfortable deliveries. One study revealed that first time mothers under chiropractic care had 24% shorter labor times versus women who were not. In addition, chiropractic patients who have had previous children enjoyed 39% shorter labor times. Gonstead doctors use specific time-proven techniques to check the alignment of the pelvic girdle which is crucial for the expecting mother. Dysfunction in the pelvic joints (sacroiliac joints) has been shown to lead to back pain during pregnancy. A properly aligned pelvis allows for sufficient space for the developing baby and a quicker and easier delivery. In addition, the spine is thoroughly examined for the presence of vertebral subluxation and nervous system irritation. An optimally functioning mother, free of nerve interference, will contribute much to the health of her baby. Gonstead doctors of chiropractic use great care to ensure the most accurate, safe, and painless adjustment possible. The Gonstead adjustment is so safe care can continue until the day of delivery. Regular Gonstead chiropractic care, in combination with other healthy habits, provides the best opportunity for a healthy, happy baby.

Pregnancy and the Spine

During pregnancy a woman’s body changes dramatically, causing shifts in weight bearing and adding stress to the spine. As the abdomen grows forward, it pulls the lower back with it. The mid-back and shoulders then pull back to compensate, and in turn the head and neck tilt forward. The pregnant mother’s body produces several hormones to help the spine cope with some of these changes by loosening the surrounding connective tissues. However, if even a minor spinal problem exists in the spine prior to these changes, it will typically intensify during the course of pregnancy. This makes is vital for a woman to maintain the integrity of her spine before and throughout her pregnancy.

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