Chiropractic treatment methods are available to many patient profiles, from infants and children to those in their senior years. Obviously, gender is not a factor since both men and women seek chiropractic care and experience similar positive results. But, what about care for the pregnant patient? Is there such a thing as a pregnancy chiropractor? Are there reasons chiropractic should be avoided? What are some special concerns or reasons for considering Greenville chiropractic treatment?
Let’s take a look…
The American Pregnancy Association defines chiropractic as follows: “Chiropractic care is health maintenance of the spinal column, discs, related nerves and bone geometry without drugs or surgery. It involves the art and science of adjusting misaligned joints of the body, especially of the spine, which reduces spinal nerve stress and therefore promotes health throughout the body.” Regarding safety, they state, “There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant.”
You may ask, “Why should I consider chiropractic care when I’m pregnant?”
During your pregnancy, there are biological changes that occur in preparation for the birth process. During the 9 months of pregnancy, the increased stress and strain on your spine and the joints of your hips and legs occur at such a fast pace that your body cannot always adapt and compensate quickly enough. These changes often result in changes in posture or gait, which further aggravate your already stressed system. Spinal joint dysfunction really means that joints begin to act differently. Some joints lose their normal pattern of motion, and others often compensate by moving too much. Due to the growth of the baby, you will experience a weight displacement which causes an increased curve in the lower back. This increase changes the curve in your mid back and neck to compensate for the lower back curve. Suddenly, you begin to hurt in places which have never hurt before! These postural adaptations often require management that no other profession addresses as directly as chiropractic. Sometimes pelvic misalignment may reduce the room or amount of space available for the developing baby (called “intrauterine constraint”). This may make it more challenging for the baby to achieve the best position for delivery and potentially affect the birth process for both you and your baby.
There are benefits that you can achieve from simply maintaining proper spinal motion with chiropractic check ups during your pregnancy. One of the common reports that I’ve heard over my years of practice are the shortening of labor and delivery time, and the possible prevention of C-sections.
The type of treatment you can expect at our office may include many of the common chiropractic approaches, along with some treatments specifically tailored for your pregnant body. These include spinal adjustment, computerized instrument adjusting (performed while you are seated), soft tissue technique, massage therapy, therapeutic exercise and nutritional counseling.
We realize that you have a choice in whom you consider for your health care, and we sincerely appreciate your trust in choosing our office for those needs. If you, a friend, or family member are considering chiropractic care, please consider our office when looking for your pregnancy chiropractor.
Eastside Chiropractic PA (Chiropractor in Greenville SC)
3014 Wade Hampton Blvd., Taylors SC 29687
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