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Chiropractic & Pregnancy

At least 50% of pregnant women will experience back pain, with many suffering from severe discomfort that impacts their activities of daily living. Pregnancy-related back pain can be multi-factorial and rarely only has one cause. Back pain, wrist pain and leg cramps are the most common complaints reported.

During the third trimester, levels of the hormone “relaxin” increase and contribute to the loosening of joints in order for the pelvis to accommodate for enlarged uterus, the baby and later helping with birth. However, the loosening of joints can result in reduced joint stability, and further alter posture. Other structures including muscles may be taxed, resulting in a predisposition to pain and injury. This may result in back pain.

Chiropractic treatment is recommended for all pregnant mothers to ensure the body is functioning the best it possibly can.

Common pregnancy related complaints:

  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain
  • Mid-back pain
  • Pelvic pain and pressure
  • Pubic bone pain
  • Aching legs and buttocks
  • Foot or ankle pain
  • Peripheral swelling
  • Sciatic Pain which can travel down the legs
  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Arm pain, numbness and tingling
  • Heartburn
  • Carpel Tunnel
  • Discomfort with breathing

Benefits of Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy:

  • Better distribution of weight
  • Postural awareness and correction
  • Alignment of pelvis
  • More room for your baby to move and grow
  • Help prepare for childbirth: A chiropractor can recommend safe, effective exercises and stretches to help prepare your body for the baby’s delivery
  • Reduce back and pelvic pain: Conservative care including spinal manipulation and mobilisation of joints and soft tissue therapy can help reduce pain and improve function.
  • Ensure a faster recovery: As part of a comprehensive plan of management, chiropractic treatment can help manage quicker recovery and address post-natal biomechanical complaints and rehabilitation.

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