Chiropratic and Pregnancy
When pregnant (or hoping to be), you’re most likely making your health a priority, not just for yourself, but for the precious bump ever-growing. You’ll want to know if chiropractic is safe during pregnancy for both you and the baby and what benefits may occur with having chiropractic care throughout your pregnancy.
Firstly, chiropractic is considered safe during pregnancy. In 2006 a study, published in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s health found that when pregnant patients presented with lower back pain, chiropractic care helped manage and alleviate the pain with no adverse side effects for Mother, or child.
Secondly, chiropractic care during pregnancy can provide many benefits for women who are pregnant. A few of the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
There are so many changes going on with a woman’s body during pregnancy including:
The above changes primarily affect the pelvic and spinal ligaments, muscles, joints and other supportive soft tissues. These changes cause sprain/strains of pelvic and spinal structures, as well as alteration of the normal spinal curvatures and spinal biomechanics. The result is an increased stress on the body leading to pain and discomfort.
Dr Paula has developed a special interest in pre-natal, pregnancy and post-partum care since she began practise as a Chiropractor in 1997 and has cared for many pregnant women and their babies in that time.
Dr Paula also has her own experiences with chiropractic and pregnancy as she and her husband Trevor are parents to Stephanie and twin boys Darcy and Jack, as well as Step-mother to young adults Simone and Samuel. All of whom have had chiropractic care with Dr Paula for near-to their entire lives.
Many people think that neck and back problems are really more of an adult thing, however here are some facts:
Chiropractors are ideally placed to assess and address early postural issues before the teenage growth spurt may bring to the forefront minor neck and back pain issues which are reported in the primary school years. At The Chiropractic Domain we take our role of assessing children using appropriate methods and diagnostics tools seriously
Why might children need Chiropractic care?Chiropractic Care and Babies
The most important thing…
What controls the body? The nervous system: brain, spinal cord and nerves.
If your child’s spine is misaligned, communication between the brain and body, via the nervous system can become distorted. This miscommunication may affect how the brain instructed the body to function and may present as any number of symptoms including:
Dr Jennifer Barham-Floreani has written a fabulous, reader friendly and well referenced book for prospective parents called “Well Adjusted Babies” which is available for sale at both our clinics.
Available for hire at $20/week
A well referenced pamphlet to help parents guide their children to healthy eating at the right ages.
Free, just ask
Pregnant women will often be adjusted in our clinic using one of the “Belly Pillows” for comfort for the mother and ease of adjusting for the chiropractor.
Can be ordered in for interested expecting mothers. Fee TBA.
A well researched and reference book that helps you engage your child’s inner potential and enjoy their growth
“The Well Adjusted Pelvic Stabilising (SIJ) Belt offers fabulous support and day-long comfort for most low back complaints and sacro-iliac dysfunction. This belt is not intended as a cure, but as part of a specific treatment programme. Designed by chiropractors this belt is specifically for those with a disability or dysfunction of the pelvic region and may assist with many types of back pain. This belt also helps mothers hold their adjustments longer during pregnancy and post birth.
Available in 3 sizes for hire for $5/week