Pregnancy comes with a series of changes within your body.
For instance, during pregnancy, your body goes through several changes to prepare itself and create an environment for the developing baby.
These changes, ranging from hormonal changes, protruding abdomen, changes in immune function, increasing back curve, loosening of ligaments and muscles to pelvic and postural changes can potentially trigger discomfort and unwanted pains.
These changes can cause the joints to become irritated, pelvis and spines to become misaligned, and put body parts like the neck, shoulders, and hips under extreme tension, causing back pain, hip pains, body aches.
According to NCBI, over 50% of pregnant women will experience unwanted pain [due to these changes] at some point before they deliver.
Since these changes, coupled with other pregnancy symptoms, can have a heavy impact on the pregnant woman’s health, pregnant women must seek discomfort and pain relief.
However, prescription painkillers are never an option for pregnant women and must be avoided during pregnancy. Hence, pregnant women need a better, safe, and effective solution to this pregnancy pains and discomfort.
Luckily, Chiropractic Care in Palo Alto can help! When pregnant women begin to experience chronic back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain, receiving chiropractic care from our center in Palo Alto is one of the best available options to relieve the pain. Call us at 650-492-4050 to learn more about our services.
Over 1 million chiropractic adjustments are given every day, all over the world.
Are you pregnant? Chiropractic care in Palo Alto is proven to help reset your body, alleviate pain, strengthen your nervous system, and contribute to your overall health and that of your growing fetus.
The benefits of chiropractic care provided by University Chiro in Palo Alto are amazing. Nevertheless, some women still have doubts about the safety and efficacy of chiropractic care during pregnancy.
We understand how careful you ought to be and how scary adopting a new type of health treatment can be during pregnancy. That is why this article is specially made for you.
In this article, you would learn more about what chiropractic care is and how it can be so beneficial to you and your growing fetus. Let University Chiro in Palo Alto help you through your pregnancy.
What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care is a type of health maintenance of the body’s nerves, bone geometry, spinal column, discs, and joints without drugs or surgery.
Chiropractic care is the art and science of adjusting misaligned body joints, especially of the spine, to reduce spinal nerve stress and promote health all over the body.
It’s a general belief that how the body functions are directly related to its structure and that is what chiropractic care is based on.
Hence, by adjusting your spine, body joints, ligaments, and other body parts, the pain will be alleviated and your body’s natural ability to support itself will be enhanced.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care in Palo Alto during Pregnancy
Receiving regular chiropractic care in our Palo Alto clinic during pregnancy can help relieve you of your body pains and discomfort, especially pains and discomfort that occur in the lower back, neck, and shoulders.
While pain relief is the primary reason why you should seek University Chiros’ chiropractic care in Palo Alto during pregnancy, there are lots of other benefits that chiropractic care offers during pregnancy, which include:
- Relief from back, neck, or joint pain
- Controlling symptoms of nausea
- Reduction in time of labor and delivery
- Prevention of a potential cesarean delivery
If you would like to know how to benefit from prenatal chiropractic care in our clinic in Palo Alto, here are some of the benefits:
1. Offers Drug-Free Pain Relief
As stated above, pain relief is one of the major reasons why women should seek chiropractic care during pregnancy.
Sore muscles, misaligned spines, back pain, and irritated joints are some of the common experiences of pregnant women.
While there are medications that can quickly eliminate or suppress these pains and discomfort, it’s unfortunate that pregnant women are limited to the kinds of medications they can receive as most painkillers can be harmful to a growing fetus.
Luckily, University Chiro chiropractic care offers a natural and safe solution that can relieve musculoskeletal pain that pregnant mothers experience in their neck, shoulder, back, hips, legs, etc.
One chiropractic study revealed that about 75% to 85% of pregnant women that received chiropractic care reported pain relief.
2. Improves Immune System
Do you wonder how chiropractic care in our Palo Alto clinic improves your body’s immune system?
One of those body changes that accompany pregnancy is changes in the body’s immune systems. This makes pregnant mothers more susceptible to illnesses, such as malaria, flu, or a common cold.
However, a simple spinal adjustment during chiropractic care can significantly improve the functioning of an expectant mother’s immune system due to the connection between the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, and the lymphatic system.
3. Strengthens Muscles Used During Labor
Pregnancy weakens many of the body muscles during labor, especially muscles of the pelvic floor. According to experts, receiving chiropractic care during pregnancy can help to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, making them easier to relax.
Relaxed pelvic floor muscles cause the pelvic to contract easily, improving the chances of a natural delivery.
When you visit our chiropractors in Palo Alto, they can teach you a variety of exercises and stretches that can help strengthen your muscles that are used during labor, especially the pelvic floor muscles.
4. Prevents the Chances of a Cesarean Section
When you have a misaligned pelvis, it can potentially reduce the amount of room available for the fetus, a condition known as an “intrauterine constraint.”
Intrauterine constraint causes the uterus to compromise, not giving the growing fetus an optimal amount of space to move freely. This condition is responsible for several cases of structural defects in babies’ craniofacial and peripheral skeletons.
When this happens, it can affect the pregnant mother’s ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth.
More so, both breech and posterior positions can interfere with the natural simplicity of labor, leading to drawbacks, such as a cesarean section.
However, when you receive chiropractic care in our Palo Alto clinic during pregnancy, your spinal cord and pelvic areas are also adjusted to restore balance and coordination. This, in turn, increases the chances of a natural, quick, and safe birth.
More so, during chiropractic care at University Chiro, you’ll receive some stretches, manipulations, and safe exercises on your lower back, which will help to properly align your pelvis.
This practice will help to get your fetus in an ideal position that gives comfort during pregnancy as well as during the delivery, thus reducing the chances of a Cesarean section.
5. Improved Coordination and Balance
Most times, pregnancy causes the joints to become loosened. This is more reason why pregnant women are less coordinated and more susceptible to injury.
However, chiropractic techniques, such as spinal adjustments can help in improving the coordination and balance of pregnant mothers.
6. Better Labor and Birth
Reports have shown that pregnant women who received chiropractic care are more likely to have a shortened labor (decreased labor times by about 24 to 39%) and an easier birth process.
This is because chiropractic care helps to properly align the spines and pelvis of the pregnant mother.
Once your nerves and muscles are free and healthy, expect a simplified labor and birth process that would take less time with chiropractic care. If you want to discover more benefits, feel free to give us a call at 650-492-4050!
Common Chiropractic Care Techniques for Pregnant Mothers
Spinal adjustment is a common chiropractic care technique that many chiropractors follow.
Adjusting a misaligned spine would not only help in restoring alignment but would also reduce the pressure on the spinal cord.
This, in turn, would improve coordination, reduce pain, and enhance the normal functioning of the nervous system. Other chiropractic care techniques include:
i). Exercises and stretches: Receiving proper exercises and stretches during pregnancy would help in improving the strength of muscles and coordination of the body.
The exercises are tailored specifically for each patient. A maternity belt support may as well be recommended.
ii). Strategy recommendations: This involves teaching pregnant mothers about healthy habits and behaviors during pregnancy. The chiropractor will recommend certain strategies to ensure that your body is healthy all through your pregnancy period.
iii). Webster technique: This technique is a specific chiropractic adjustment and analysis, which enables chiropractors to establish a balance in the pelvis of the pregnant mother.
The Webster technique helps to reduce stress on the uterus and other supporting ligaments.
Chiropractic adjustment makes it easier for a fetus in a breech position baby to naturally turn into a safe and comfortable position during labor and delivery.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe During Pregnancy?
As stated above, one of the biggest concerns of pregnant mothers about chiropractic care is whether or not chiropractic care is safe for them and their growing fetus
However, just as with all the other chiropractic services that we offer, chiropractic care during pregnancy is natural, very safe, and gentle.
Chiropractic care, especially the joints and spinal cord adjustments, promotes comfort and overall well-being and health.
Chiropractors in our Palo Alto clinic are not just professionals but have also undergone several in-depth training in taking care of pregnant women. Some have even mastered the act of postpartum chiropractic care.
More so, University Chiro chiropractors understand the importance and the practice of relieving pain in the body and can recommend safe and effective stretches and exercises.
How Often Will I Need Chiropractic Care at University Chiro in Palo Alto During My Pregnancy?
There is no general chiropractic care. Instead, a chiropractic care plan will be created based on the specific condition of an individual.
More so, a chiropractic care plan depends on the weeks of pregnancy. However, chiropractic care plans range from twice to thrice per week to once a month. You can trust that you’ll find the best chiropractors in Palo Alto in our clinic.
To schedule your first visit and plan out your chiropractic care needs call us today at 650-492-4050.
Other Factors to Consider While Receiving Chiropractic Care
While receiving chiropractic care in Palo Alto during pregnancy is very important, other factors are also very important for pregnant mothers to consider for them to maintain a healthy pregnancy. These essential factors are:
i). Proper nutrition: If you want to maintain a healthy pregnancy, it is essential to observe proper nutrition.
Ensure that you incorporate good sources of calcium, iron, and protein into your diet. Also, eat more fruits and vegetables.
ii). Avoid Sugary foods: try as much as possible to avoid sweet treat cravings. Eating too much sugar during pregnancy would cause you and your growing fetus to gain unnecessary weight.
iii). Stay hydrated: Ensure that you stay hydrated always by drinking approx. eight-ounce glasses of water daily.
Chiropractic care is not only beneficial for pregnant women. It is also helpful for women after they have given birth to their child.
In fact, it is ideal for women who received chiropractic care during pregnancy to continue with their chiropractic visits after the birth of their child (postpartum chiropractic) and here is the reason why:
Benefits of Chiropractic Care after Delivery
After delivery, your body doesn’t go back to its original state instantly. In fact, it is recommended for you to receive postpartum chiropractic for the first year.
A report showed that it takes approx. eight weeks for pelvic and uterine ligaments to return to normal after childbirth.
This is because the state and structure of your body are not as they were before childbirth. Some complications and physical issues may occur, such as appearance changes, headaches, and migraines, trouble sleeping, chronic pain, etc. for months after a baby is born.
Since the baby still sucks breast milk supply from you, you may be restricted from taking some medication that can hasten your recovery.
This is where postpartum chiropractic care becomes necessary as it doesn’t involve any drugs or pain medications,
Similar to the chiropractic care received during pregnancy, our postpartum chiropractic care in Palo Alto focuses on strengthening the immune system, relieving joint and muscle pain, and helping with the overall healing process.
Postpartum chiropractic care offers safe, gentle, and natural solutions to the pain and discomfort that women usually experience after childbirth.
Our University Chiro chiropractic care in Palo Alto holds several benefits for both the pregnant mother and her growing fetus.
As discussed above, receiving chiropractic care during pregnancy can potentially reduce neck, shoulder, and back pains as well as any other discomfort that may be associated with pregnancy.
Aside from relieving pains, University Chiro chiropractic care in Palo Alto can help to get the developing fetus in the best position for a smooth and comfortable pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
More so, pelvis and spinal cord adjustment through chiropractic care can fix pelvis and spine misalignments, which can cause complications.
Dr. Kiser and Dr. Casady in our Palo Alto Clinic offer the most efficient and effective solution for any pregnant mother who wants a safe, comfortable, and natural pregnancy and delivery experience and should visit a pregnancy chiropractor. Call us at 650-492-4050 and schedule an appointment.