Can you go to the Chiropractor when you are Pregnant?


Pregnancy is such a special time for women and their families, although there are also concerns and uncertainties that come to mind when considering the health of the mother and baby.  For the mother carrying her child, there are many opinions that suggest and offer to help with the lower back pain and hip pain throughout the pregnancy experience. If you’re considering seeing a Chiropractor when you are Pregnant, here is everything you need to know.

What is a Chiropractor?

A Chiropractor’s role is to optimise, maintaining or rehabilitate the health of the spine and the adjacent structures including discs, muscles and joints. As a form of physical therapy, this practice does not involve medications or surgery. The physical therapy goal in the pregnant patient is to reduce stress on the spine caused by the changes to the biomechanics of the pelvis, low back and other weight bearing joints of the lower extremity.

Is it safe to see a Chiropractor while pregnant?

Chiropractic care is a safe method and effective practice for a mother-to-be. We are equipped to help pregnant women during pregnancy because our treatments do not rely on pharmaceutical agents to relieve symptoms. Instead our hands on treatments are specialised in spine, joints and the muscular system. Consistent routine help from a chiropractor can help manage pelvic balance and manage pain associated from pregnancy in the back, hips and joints.

How can a Chiropractor help during pregnancy?

Due to the hormonal and physical changes during pregnancy, your body may begin to feel some discomfort or pain. With the transformation of the abdominal region and the increasing weight of the baby, there can also become shifts in posture causing pain in your shoulders and back. These changes may lead to pressure on discs, stiffness in joints and tightness developing in muscles in the low back and pelvic region. Gentle treatment to the spine or joints can allow the pregnancy adaptations to occur with less discomfort as your baby grows.

What conditions does a Chiropractor help with during pregnancy?

When your pelvis is out of alignment, low back is stiff and your muscles, ligaments and tendons are under strain in the later half of pregnancy, it is common to sustain the following musculoskeletal injuries:

  • Sacro-iliac sprain
  • Glute medius tendonitis
  • Glute max trigger points
  • L4/5 or L5/S1 discogenic pain
  • Pubic symphysis discomfort
  • Sciatica
  • Tension type headache
  • Neck pain
  • Misalignment of the pelvis

Our Chiropractors can assist with all of these issues.

Chiropractic care during pregnancy can be safe and also beneficial during the entire pregnancy experience. Regular chiropractic visits are a safe, gentle and drug-free method to assist women during pregnancy with back pain, alignment and joint pain associated with the transformation of the body during pregnancy. If you are having a complicated pregnancy, it is worth discussing your options with your Chiropractor, Doctor or Midwife.

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