Pregnant women have special needs. This we all know! We are usually very accommodating. We open doors, give extra food, and tidy up so that they can have just a little more rest. The special treatment should not stop there! Pregnancy-specific chiropractic care is a fantastic way to make it through pregnancy with the least amount of discomfort possible so you can stay active and prepare your body for the big day.
A pregnant woman’s body is undergoing tremendous and wonderful changes, but these changes aren’t without consequence. The increase of weight in the front alters their centre of gravity and changes the biomechanical forces in her joints as she walks and moves. As she nears the end of her nine-month adventure, the ligaments that hold the joints together start to loosen in preparation for the main event. If the joints don’t feel stable anymore because of the lax ligaments, then the muscles will become tense and brace around them to provide additional support.
A woman’s body works very hard to build that baby! That body deserves special treatment. Chiropractor care is a safe and effective way to ensure your body is ready for the big day and that you are comfortable on the journey there.
Although chiropractic care has amazing benefits when delivered from any chiropractor in Kelowna or the Okanagan, you also have the option of seeking out a chiropractor who has done additional training in maternity care. Because of the many changes in biomechanics and physiology during pregnancy, the needs of pregnant women are unique and can chiropractic techniques can be modified to accommodate for those changes, providing gentle and effective options for pain-relief and birth preparation.
All of the Doctors of Chiropractic at AltaVie Integrated Family Health have training and experience in pediatric and maternity care. They are all members of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and are all certified in Webster Technique, a chiropractic technique that is well-studied to help support pregnant women and can even facilitate optimal infant positioning.
Resources & References
Peterson CK, Muhlemann D, Humphreys BK. Outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment: a prospective cohort study with short term, medium term and 1 year follow-up. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies. 2014; 22:15.