Chiropractic care is a form of alternative or complementary medicine that analyzes, prevents, and manages the pain and discomfort associated with joint and muscular soreness. The chiropractic manipulations and adjustments with exercises and lifestyle modifications help the patients eliminate the signs and symptoms of stress, strain, and stiffness in the joints and muscles.
Pregnancy is a crucial period in a woman’s life where she undergoes a complete turmoil of various hormonal and physical changes in the body. Pain and discomfort, especially in the lower back area and hip region, are associated with about 50% of women before their delivery. As the pregnancy period passes and the baby becomes heavier, the body’s posture and the center of gravity get shifted and adjusted accordingly. This shift in the body’s posture may lead to spinal misalignment and joint immobilization with decreased range of motion. Apart from this, a protruded abdomen may affect the spinal curvature and increase the normal alignment. As the body is preparing itself for labor pains, the changes in the pelvis start to appear.
Several studies published based on the effects of chiropractic care in pregnant females have shown that chiropractic massages during pregnancy helped women get relief from pain and discomfort, especially in the lower back region. There are about 75% of women who are benefitted from chiropractic therapy and adjustments. Balance and adjustments of the spine and pelvis in pregnant women help re-establish the spinal alignment and reduce muscle soreness and joint stiffness.
In pregnant women, if the pelvis goes out of proper alignment, it restricts the space and hampers the baby’s movement inside the womb. Intrauterine constraints may lead to congenital disabilities when external force obstructs the baby’s movement inside the womb. Also, a misaligned uterus can change the fetus’s position and hamper the baby’s normal delivery. A non-optimal birth position may lead to a more complicated delivery.
Much evidence in the literature has shown an improved outcome in labor and the delivery of a baby in women who had taken chiropractic care. Chiropractic therapies and manipulations also tend to shorten the duration of time in which you are in labor.
In addition to the above benefits, chiropractic adjustments help maintain a much healthier and more comfortable pregnancy period. The symptoms of pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, neck, and joints are also relieved in the women receiving chiropractic manipulations during pregnancy. Morning sickness and nausea symptoms also improve with regular chiropractic care and therapy.
Is chiropractic therapy safe during pregnancy?
No known complications or side effects recorded in the present literature show any harmful correlation between pregnancy and chiropractic care. The chiropractors are well-trained and licensed professionals who know the handling of the signs and symptoms associated with pregnancy most carefully.
The table on which the patient is allowed to lie in a chiropractor’s office should be so adjusted that it does not put any undue pressure on a pregnant lady’s stomach. In the third trimester, when the fetus is fully grown, it is also not considered safe to lie on the table with a backrest and receive long chiropractic sessions.
Prenatal chiropractic sessions are considered relatively safe, with no visual complications or side effects and a decreased risk of miscarriages. The chiropractic manipulations help soothe down the muscles, tendons, and ligaments as the physical changes occur in the body and aid in the smoother delivery experience.
The professionals recommend at least a single chiropractic session every month during pregnancy. In case of a particular discomfort, you can receive more sessions with a trained chiropractic professional. Prior consultation with your doctor is necessary before taking the chiropractic sessions, especially if you are going through a high-risk pregnancy.
Chiropractic care helps make your pregnancy period more comfortable and the labor pains and delivery experience a little more relaxing. Chiropractic manipulations have even helped pregnant women prevent C-section delivery and lower the risk of the fetus’s pre-term delivery.
Women needed much lower or no medications for pain relief during and after pregnancy. The postpartum recovery time is reduced, and the women feel much more relaxed and comfortable if they receive regular chiropractic therapy.
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