During pregnancy the mother’s spine can be responsible for backache, sciatica, headaches, and the symptoms of carpal tunnel. Pregnancy is a time when the use of drugs is to be minimized, the Chiropractic approach is a logical way to help ease pain and discomfort, and promote the health and well being of the mother.
The stress of the extra weight of the unborn baby, and hormonal changes that make the pelvis suppler during the latter stages of pregnancy are common reasons that women feel sacroiliac pain (lower back and buttocks.)
This may further increase the susceptibility of the spinal joints and supporting muscles and ligaments to sprains and strains. Pregnancy may create new problems, or exacerbate existing problems which were previously compensated for.
Chiropractic can help during pregnancy by:
Correcting abnormal joint mechanics that lead to joint and nerve stress, thus reducing pain and improving function.
Maintaining joint function and spinal balance so the spine may adapt to the increased weight and altered posture.
Ensuring that the joints of the lower back and pelvis are moving freely to assist the birth process. Proper joint movement enhances pelvic opening.
Educating the expectant mother on correct posture, lifting and other lifestyle factors in order to reduce spinal stress.