A woman’s body goes through many changes during a pregnancy to accommodate for the growing baby. Some changes are visible, such as the tummy growing everyday; however, some of these changes may not be seen with our naked eyes, such as hormonal and biomechanical changes. As the pregnant woman’s abdomen protrudes out, it accentuates the curves on the lower back and the body’s center of gravity also shifts forward. The pelvis also changes during the pregnancy due to the shift in the center of the gravity and hormonal changes which loosens the joints and ligaments. These changes are exciting; but unfortunately they come with many discomforts as well. Many women complain of low back pain or mid back pain during and after pregnancy due to these changes in their spine; however, often time they cannot find pharmaceutical products to help them due to potential harms for the baby and complication during the pregnancy.
Because of these concerns, chiropractic is a great option for an expecting mother. Chiropractic is a natural way to relieve back, neck or joint pain during pregnancy as well as providing you additional benefits of maintaining a healthier pregnancy, controlling symptoms of nausea, reducing the time of labor and delivery, and preventing a potential Cesarean section.
The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association recommends that women receive chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy. With a balanced pelvis, babies have a better chance of moving into the ideal position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be minimized altogether. Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for difficult labor and promotes safer deliveries for both the mother and baby.
In 2002 the July/August issue of The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reports an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when doctors of chiropractic used the Webster Technique. Furthermore, the results from the study suggest that it may be beneficial to perform the Webster Technique as soon as the 8th month of pregnancy when a woman has a breech presentation. Dr. Chun uses accommodating table for pregnant woman and uses minimal pressure to avoid unwanted pressure on abdomen during adjustment. He is well experienced in helping pregnant woman using Webster’s Technique in his practice as well as other modified techniques to provide safety and comfort during and after the pregnancy.
After Labor After labor, hormones are released to shrink the uterus and changes on your spine and pelvis that occurred during pregnancy has to change back again. A woman’s body changes to accommodate the weight loss and carrying baby around adds extra load that is increasing everyday. Many women complain low back pain, mid back pain, shoulder pain, and neck pain during this time. However, when woman is breast feeding, she does not find pharmaceutical treatment attractive. At Champaign Chiropractic Clinic, we offer a natural way to approach these issues with chiropractic or acupuncture care. We want to help you to be comfortable and enjoy the exciting new member of your family.