Chiropractic and Pregnancy

Approximately 50% of all pregnant women experience back pain during their pregnancy and 50-75% experience back pain during labour. Less than half of these women seek a consultation with a medical professional. Chiropractic care is the third most common form of treatment sought with regards to alternative therapies (1).


Gabie Falconer

Chiropractor

Gabie comes from the country town of Dubbo which is about 5 hours north west of Sydney. Her passion for chiropractic comes from many years of interest in health and the human body as well as personal experiences with chiropractic treatment. She has a passion for health and the benefits that chiropractic has on the body. Gabie has attended courses in Thompson Technique and Dry Needling to help expand her knowledge within the field.

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Why do women get back pain during pregnancy?

Lower back pain is often an inevitable complication of pregnancy, with muscle tightness and spinal pelvic dysfunction (1). As the growing uterus expands, it pulls the sacrum forward creating an anterior tilt of the pelvis this in turn increases the lumbar lordosis or sway back (1). An increased lumbar lordosis leads to an increase in activity of the hip flexor muscles as well as many other muscles compensating for a lack of balance as the centre of gravity shifts as the pregnancy progresses.

Why should I have Chiropractic care during Pregnancy?

Gentle myofascial relaxation of the surrounding muscles of the pelvis can greatly aid in the reduction of pain and tension. Specific and gentle chiropractic adjustments to correct potential musculoskeletal causes of intrauterine constraint. As chiropractors our aim is to balance the pelvis and corresponding muscles and ligaments to remove the constraint to the women’s pelvis. The ligamentous laxity brought about by the hormone relaxin during pregnancy often makes adjusting comparatively easy using only the gentlest of movements.

Along with chiropractic care, we recommend exercise during pregnancy, there is significant research to suggest, women who exercise during their pregnancy have more energy, able to manage stress more effectively, and have fewer mood swings as well as achieve more restful sleep compared with sedentary pregnant women (1). Who doesn’t want that? Research also suggests that women who exercise gain 21% less weight, have shorter easier labours, experience less foetal distress and enjoy a faster recovery. Along with training, chiropractors can help pregnant patients manage an exercise routine compatible for changing body type throughout pregnancy.

Biomechanical changes and stress to the neuromusculoskeletal system become apparent during and immediately after pregnancy. Chiropractic evaluation and treatment during this period may be warranted and is considered a safe and effective means of treating common musculoskeletal symptoms that many pregnant women encounter (1).

At Essential Health Centre, our Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to help the patient feel more comfortable.

1. Broggren C. 2007. Pregnancy and Chiropractic. A narrative review of the literature. J Chiropra Med. 70-74

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