Chiropractic.. The Best Care for Pregnant Patients
How does Chiropractic care promote an optimal environment for pregnancy?
Before conception, Chiropractic care works to promote regular processes in the body such as the menstrual cycle and uterine functions. Chiropractic adjustments also promote proper mechanics of the pelvis. So with chiropractic adjustments, the conditions are optimal for pregnancy.
A principle that cannot be denied is that every cell, organ, tissue, muscle and bone has a nerve supply. The Nervous system conducts our every move from the chemical level to the physical level.
In the pregnant patient, chemical, physical and emotional processes are much more sophisticated and complicated, however, the principle does not change, the brain via the nervous system is conducting these changes, no matter how complicated. The only profession in the world that addresses nerve stress at the spine, including the pelvis is Chiropractic.
So why are thousands of mothers seeking the services of Chiropractors these days?
It might be because studies show that chiropractic adjustments can reduce labour pain. In one study, women receiving chiropractic care through their first pregnancy had 24% reduction in labour times and subjects giving birth for the second or third time reported 39% reduction in shorter labour times. In another study, the need for analgesics was reduced by 50% in the patients who received adjustments. In addition, 84% of women report relief of back pain during pregnancy with chiropractic care. (You can find more studies like this at ICPA4kids.org)
Or it might be that Chiropractic is the largest drug-free profession in the world. Which comes in handy during pregnancy in which taking medications or pain pills would not be advised due to serious know and unknown side effects on the pregnant body and the fetus.
Then again there is the fact that between the 6th and 9th month of pregnancy a hormone called Relaxin is produced by the Corpus Luteum (or part of the ovaries) which makes ligaments looser, particularly the ones around the pelvis for the expansion of birth. This matters because too much movement of the pelvis can cause torsion on the ligaments supporting the uterus. Chiropractors are the only profession that can align a pelvis specifically without the use on any invasive instruments. Relaxin continues to affect the body many months after pregnancy, which is why care doesn’t stop at birth and continues with both mother and child.
Millions of chemical reactions and physical changes of the body are all coordinated by the brain and nervous system. See your Chiropractor and find out more about what Chiropractic can offer you during pregnancy.
Dr. Michael Murphy