There’s no question that a woman goes through tremendous changes during the nine months of pregnancy. This article will discuss how to make it easier to deal with the physical changes that occur during pregnancy by receiving chiropractic care, particularly during the second and third trimesters.
Obvious physical changes that are likely to affect the spine and pelvis will begin to occur during the second trimester. The uterus grows to accommodate the fetus and as it does so the lumbar curve of the spine will increase to account for the stomach protruding further. The pelvis may also start to shift position as the normally strong pelvic ligaments soften in preparation for eventual delivery. In order to counterbalance for the forward protruding abdomen, many women compensate and end up with poor posture as they stand or walk. This places additional pressure on the lower back, pelvis and sacroiliac joints. Sometimes mechanical stress of bones being out of alignment a lead to sciatica, a painful condition causing nerve pain down the leg.
Chiropractic adjustments given to the pregnant woman can realign the lumbar spine and the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis to relieve lower back pain. Adjustments to these joints can also relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve improve nerve pain of the leg.
Many expectant mothers gain a great sense of relief, emotionally, when they are free of pain. This helps the woman to feel more relaxed and have less nervousness during the growth and development of the baby and to have more comfort about the upcoming delivery itself.
When helping pregnant women chiropractors utilize safe, gentle methods to treat the expectant mother. One method of chiropractic care has been successful for treating women during pregnancy is called the Webster Technique. The Webster Technique was developed by a chiropractor named Dr. Larry Webster. He found that by using a chiropractic method he developed many women experience that much more comfortable pregnancy and easier and faster deliveries.
The method he developed is now taught in the chiropractic profession and many chiropractors have taken the training to learn The Webster Technique and are certified practitioners. To find a chiropractor who is certified in the Webster Technique one can check through the online search engines or simply call a chiropractor’s office to learn more.
Any pregnant women who is experiencing mechanical lower back pain during her pregnancy or would like to be proactive in having as healthy pregnancy as possible would be well advised to seek chiropractic care for assistance.