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Chiropractic & Pregnancy

Posted on January 23rd, 2013 by | 1 views
by Dr. Tyson Perez

 

What Has Chiropractic Got To Do With Pregnancy?

When most people hear about pregnant moms going to the chiropractor, they immediately think that it is all about the back pain. Without a doubt, the changes in pregnancy often cause some level of discomfort which can be helped tremendously by chiropractic; however, chiropractic offers so much more!

What’s In It For Mom?

A large percentage of expecting moms experience back pain during pregnancy. As the fetus grows and the uterus expands, imbalances in the spine and pelvis are often highlighted by aches and pains that can make it difficult for many women to perform their normal activities of daily living. Chiropractors, who are trained in prenatal care, use specific adjustments to eliminate these imbalances and the stress on the spine. Moms often think I’m a miracle worker but they deserve most of the credit. It was their body that did most of the work.

Can Labor Get Any Easier?

Dystocia is a fancy term doctors use to describe a difficult labor. A long, strenuous labor for mom and baby can lead to multiple medical interventions. This occurs most often in a hospital setting where mom and baby are surrounded by lots of expensive technology and well intentioned, although often overzealous, nurses and doctors.  Some of these interventions include pain meds like Epidurals, induction meds like Pitocin, episiotomies and C-sections.

In some cases, these interventions may be necessary, however, many are not and all carry some risk to mom and baby. I have seen many moms, infants and young children in my practice who have been negatively affected, in some way, by these procedures.  The Webster Technique can be especially effective for expecting moms who are experiencing a breech presentation in their later weeks of pregnancy.  By resolving pelvic imbalances, torsion of the uterine ligaments and pelvic muscles is decreased or eliminated allowing the uterus to move the baby into the safest and most comfortable birthing position.  The end result is a FAR easier labor for mom and baby.

What About My Nerves?

Chiropractic’s most powerful role is to enhance the function of the nervous system. For example, specific adjustments to the pelvis and lower back optimize the nerve flow to the large muscular organ know as the uterus. Proper nerve flow to the uterus is essential in order to perform at its highest level when the time comes to push the baby out. Published studies have shown that chiropractic care can significantly reduce labor time. These studies can be found at the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s website www.ICPA4Kids.org. This is also an excellent resource for parents who want to find a chiropractor in their area who specializes in prenatal care and the Webster Technique.

If you live in the Carlsbad, CA area and would like more info about how prenatal chiropractic care can help you, I can be contacted through my website www.WestCoastChiropracticCarlsbad.com

Reprinted with permission of the author.

Dr. Tyson Perez is a Chiropractor in private practice in Carlsbad, CA (San Diego County), who currently owns West Coast Chiropractic where he specializes in prenatal, pediatric & family practice.

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