Pregnant women can safely receive chiropractic care. In fact, chiropractic treatments can promote a healthy, stress-free pregnancy by alleviating joint pain, muscle aches and nausea.
Chiropractors are trained to accommodate the special needs of pregnant women. Treatments are modified so that no pressure is applied to the abdomen. Some chiropractors receive specialized training to address specific conditions that can arise during pregnancy. Such a practitioner will have a special table that adjusts to accommodate the belly at all stages of pregnancy.
Misaligned joints may be caused by the massive changes that occur during a pregnancy. Weight gain, changes to the alignment of the pelvis, changes to posture, and increased curvature of the back all contribute to pain and discomfort. Chiropractic treatments can be especially effective in reducing the effects of these physical stresses on the body.
Chiropractic treatment can provide relief for other symptoms of pregnancy, such as nausea and morning sickness. Stress to the uterus and its supporting ligaments may be reduced by means of a specialized technique in establishing balance in the pelvis. This has also proved to be useful in helping breech babies turn naturally before the onset of labor.
Maintaining a healthy spinal alignment will assist the body in functioning more effectively during this significant time of change.