Prenatal Chiropractor and Physical Therapist
Prenatal Chiropractor and Physical Therapist at Monmouth Pain
Experts estimate that anywhere from 24% to 90% of women experience low back or pelvic-region pain when they are pregnant, and more than a third of women still have pain 1 year after giving birth. As your uterus grows during pregnancy, a hormone called relaxin causes the joints in the pelvis to loosen in order to allow for easier passage of the baby during delivery. Because of the growing fetus and uterus, the pregnant woman’s center of gravity is pushed forward causing an increased lumbar lordosis to accommodate the increased load on the spine. Lordosis is a natural inward curvature of the spine which, when increased, can cause sciatica or a sharp, shooting pain that starts in the back or buttock and radiates down the legs. The good news is there are several treatments available to that are safe for pregnant women which can alleviate these aches and pains.
Oftentimes, over the course of pregnancy, back pain can develop. A growing belly can create an increased back curve, postural adaptations, and even pelvic changes. The additional weight places stress on the spine, pelvis, and hips. If a woman receives regular adjustments she is less likely to experience these discomforts.
A misaligned pelvis can also result in restrictions, the baby may experience trouble getting in the optimal, head down position during the last trimester. This can affect a mother’s wish to have a natural vaginal delivery. Both breech and posterior positions may be reasons for a C-section. Webster’s technique is a chiropractic technique that focuses on pelvic balance in pregnancy and can often help turn a baby into an optimal position.
Some of our chiropractors are trained and certified in the Webster Baby Turning Technique. This technique is a safe and effective way to change the position of the baby in utero to provide a better and safer birth experience.
Prenatal Physical Therapy
Physical therapy treatment for pregnancy includes specific interventions to address pain, weakness, and mobility in the low back region. Posture and stability exercises address the pelvic floor, core, and back muscles help to stabilize the pelvis and lower back. Exercises that incorporate a stability ball, pelvic tilts, squats, and stretching are just a few examples of common pre-natal programs. Physical therapists can also teach proper body mechanics for holding, feeding, and changing your baby. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment before or after the baby arrives!
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