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4 Benefits of Seattle chiropractic Care for Pregnant Women

In this post, you will learn about the physiological and physical changes that pregnant women experience, such as back pain and pelvic pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, pubic pain, etc. You will also learn how chiropractic by a Seattle chiropractor can safely and effectively treat common musculoskeletal symptoms associated with pregnancy, in addition to facilitating childbirth and promoting a faster postpartum recovery.

Pregnancy is the most precious time for the mother-to-be! As the baby develops a pregnant woman experiences significant physical and physiological changes. 

Being treated by a Seattle chiropractor represents added value within the perinatal team. and can help you experience a more comfortable pregnancy. Chiropractic care during pregnancy effectively treats musculoskeletal symptoms that commonly affect pregnant women, such as low-back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, pubic pain, and more.  

Here are a few benefits of Seattle chiropractic care for pregnant women

1. Chiropractic adjustments help keep the spine aligned.

Pregnancy significantly increases a woman’s weight over a short amount of time and shifts the mother’s center of gravity forward. This forward shift increases lumbar lordosis (hollowing of the lower back) and increases the joints’ load.

Chiropractic care can help keep the spine correctly aligned, allowing healthy mobility of the joints, and supporting the various tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Thus, the vertebral structures are better prepared for rapid weight gain and the subsequent forward shift of the center of gravity.

2. Chiropractic by a Seattle chiropractor can reduce the need for pain medication.

Pregnant women should avoid the consumption of drugs whenever possible. By treating musculoskeletal problems and reducing pain naturally, your Seattle chiropractor helps achieve this goal. In addition to back pain and sciatica, your chiropractor can treat other common aches and pains that occur during a normal pregnancy.

3. Chiropractic supports joint strengthening and repair.

Pregnancy weight increases the physical stress on the joints. Around the third trimester, hormonal changes promote relaxation of ligaments in preparation for childbirth, reducing joint stability.

Care by your chiropractor reduces the impact of a prominent belly and hormonal changes on the different joints: pelvis, hips, knees, ankles.

Treating the body as a whole, chiropractic care helps strengthen affected muscles and joints and encourages healing of overloaded or injured areas.

4. Chiropractic care by a Seattle chiropractor the alignment of the pelvic bones.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, when the pelvic bones are out of alignment, the baby’s development space can be reduced. This restriction is called “intrauterine constraint.”

Your baby’s growth, which requires more space every day, encourages the mother’s sacrum to tilt backward. When the sacrum is unable to tilt because it is poorly positioned, intrauterine strain is increased.

When the sacrum moves back to free up space, it can put more stress on the sacroiliac joint, especially when its position is not ideal. This phenomenon often results in lower back pain and sciatica.

Chiropractic adjustments facilitate a smooth transition with optimal movement and positioning of the sacrum, reducing the risk of pain, promoting adequate space for baby development, and facilitating a more fluid natural vaginal delivery.

During childbirth, the pelvis opens to let the baby pass through the vaginal canal. If the sacroiliac joints are misaligned or restricted in their natural movement, opening the pelvis becomes more complex, which can slow down birth progression. Optimal alignment of the pelvic bones reduces the risk of medical intervention (forceps, suction cups, cesarean section, etc.) at the time of birth by facilitating passage of the baby.

Chiropractic care by a Seattle chiropractor can reduce the pain and discomfort, allowing mom to relax and fully enjoy the positive aspects of her pregnancy. Pregnant women who receive chiropractic care often experience an easier birth and recovery.

Dr. Morgan Anderson is Webster certified to provide prenatal and post-natal care. Learn more.

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