Pregnancy & Babies
Chiropractic and pregnancy go hand in hand. Research has actually shown, women who receive chiropractor care during pregnancy can reduce their labour times, along with helping with all those pregnancy pains while carrying the baby, chiropractors are trained to help.
For a female, pregnancy is one of the most rewarding times in their life. With this reward can also come great pain and suffering with lower back conditions, shoulder pains and other musculoskeletal complaints. During pregnancy, the pressure and stress placed upon a woman’s lower back is immense. The ligaments of the lower back begin to become lax or in other words, loose and weak. When this happens, the lumbar spine (lower back) and pelvic bones can move out of position causing pressure on nerve structures in the lower back which results in pain. Due to the extra weight on the pregnant woman’s lower back, some females can experience an increase in the lower back curvature, which can cause on-going complaints following child birth.
Signs & Symptoms
Pain at the base of the spine
Tingling pins and needles and numbness into the legs
Pain in between the shoulder blades (due to increased breast size and weight on the front of the body)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Pubic Symphysitis (Symphysitis Pubis)
Research has shown that chiropractic treatment can help with symptoms associated with babies suffering from infantile Colic, reflux and digestive problems, however as chiropractors we treat the spine and nervous system and these symptoms appear to reduce by doing that.
(See www.icpa4kids.com for all up to date research)
(International Chiropractic Paediatrics Association
How does Chiropractic Help?
Chiropractic treatment for pregnant females varies in technique. The techniques used are much lighter but equally effective. It is a safe and non-invasive treatment that helps to maintain good spinal posture and lower back muscular strength throughout pregnancy. Chiropractic care aims to decrease aches and pains experienced throughout the 9 month period and works on maintaining good spinal posture post pregnancy.
Chiropractors do not claim to treat colic, reflux or digestive problems as they are medical condition, however as above suggests, by treating a babies spine and nervous system using very gentle techniques and adjustments, the symptoms associated with colic reflux and digestive issues appear to reduce and more research is continuously being performed to connect the two. Babies of any age can be treated by a chiropractor.