Is back trouble making your pregnancy miserable?
Are you suffering from pelvic pain that makes even simple movements difficult?
Have you been told, 'you're pregnant, you should expect that'?
Would you like to feel more comfortable throughout your pregnancy and into labour?
If you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions, you may be a good candidate for chiropractic care.
Some of the common conditions that can be helped during pregnancy
Lower back pain
Buttock and leg pain or sciatica
Pelvic pain/symphasis pubis disorder
Neck and shoulder pain
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Does chiropractic treatment harm the baby?
Does chiropractic treatment hurt?
Does it matter how far along I am in my pregnancy?
Why should I have chiropractic care when I’m pregnant?
Do chiropractors need a special qualification to care for pregnant women?
Providing appropriate care for women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is common for most chiropractors. Our five-year full-time degree qualifies us to not only provide the right care for pregnant women, but to recognise the need to adapt techniques to individual needs, and also to know when to refer.
Some chiropractors take a specific interest in prenatal and postnatal care and seek additional training. Two of our team of chiropractors at Canberra Spine Centre have undergone many hours of extra training in the care of pregnant women and chiropractic paediatrics. Drs Chelsea Dickins and Jon Powderly both have a special interest in these areas.
What is the Webster technique?
Sacral misalignment may contribute to difficult labour for the mother (i.e., dystocia), caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby mal-presentation. Correction of sacral subluxation may have a positive effect on all these causes of dystocia.
What are some tips for pregnancy?
Pelvic floor exercises – simple kegel exercises from the start of your pregnancy can help prevent future issues related to poor pelvic floor muscle tone.
Sitting the other way on a chair (facing the back rest) can be a comfortable position, allowing your pelvis to tilt forward, your belly to be forward and arms resting on the top of the chair. You can also rock your pelvis in this position. Another chair solution is a swiss/exercise ball that can be utilized at work.
High levels of stress have been shown to negatively impact your baby. Even though you are getting so much information thrown at you during this time, take a breath and only take on what makes sense for you – everyone’s needs and choices are different. A meditation or mindfulness practice can be hugely beneficial in helping reduce stress.
Helping prepare yourself for birth can also help in reducing anxiety and helping you have a better birth experience. You may want to consider a program such as Calm Birth to help you with this. Other planning, such as creating a birth plan, and organising well in advance when you want to finish work, can also be helpful.