Chiropractic care is a key component of wellness…
but it plays a special role from preconception to postpartum! Starting with preconception, we want everything functioning optimally. When subluxations (poor motion of the spinal joints) are present the nervous system is not performing as well as it could be. The nerves innervating the female reproductive organs originate from the mid back to our tailbone (lower thoracis to sacral segments). These spinal levels are of interest when treating women who are trying to conceive or who are pregnant already.
Our nervous system controls everything in our body and by removing interference caused by subluxation we are allowing it to function more optimally. When trying to conceive we need our reproductive organs to be at the top of their game. Balancing the pelvis and improving motion of our spinal joints is done through chiropractic adjustments, specifically in relation to pregnancy Webster technique is utilized.
Webster technique is a sacral analysis and diversified adjustment (manual- done by hand) designed specifically for pregnancy. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation and sacroiliac joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function of the pelvis is improved.
In pregnancy a properly aligned pelvis is critical for maintaining space available for baby to move, develop within the womb, and ultimately reach the ideal head down position for birth. The uterus is attached to the bones of the pelvis and the sacrum is especially important. When the sacrum is misaligned, it can place unnecessary tension on the ligaments of the uterus and compromise that space available for baby.
Not to mention chiropractic care often relieves common complaints of pregnancy like low back pain and sciatica. Women often report improved sleep, decreased headaches, and overall feel more comfortable throughout the many changes of pregnancy. Shorter labor time and decreased medical interventions have also been reported. Dr. Alexia is my chiropractor and we treat each other on a weekly basis. This practice will of course continue through out pregnancy and the addition of Webster technique will be incorporated!