Lower back and pelvic pain affect many women during the course of their pregnancies. As your hormones cause your joints and ligaments to be more lax and your center of gravity shifts, the mechanics of the pelvis and back change. Many women are looking for a safe way for pregnancy chiropractic care to treat pregnancy back pain.
There are many methods a woman can try to alleviate back and pelvic pain when pregnant. Posture awareness, ergonomic support belts and gentle, careful exercise like Pilates or yoga designed for pregnant women can help ease pain. What many women don’t know is that a chiropractor can help in a variety of ways.
The study found that the members of the multimodal treatment group had significant improvements in the areas of pain and disability, while the standard obstetric care recipients exhibited no significant changes from baseline scores. Back and pelvic pain ratings dropped an average of nearly 3 points, from 5.8 to 2.9, in the multimodal group and disability scores dropped an average of 1 point, from 4.9 to 3.9. See www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov for the study’s abstract.
The idea of pregnancy chiropractic care while pregnant may give some women pause; is it really safe to have your spine manipulated with a baby growing close by? Not only is chiropractic care during pregnancy seen as safe by the American Pregnancy Association, but it is deemed beneficial to the baby. Pelvic stability and balance is important for the optimum positioning of your baby, as it creates the maximum amount of room for him or her to move around in. Women with more pelvic stability are less likely to require C-sections or experience breech births. Doctors of chiropractic who are specifically trained in pelvic stability during pregnancy will be Webster certified. The Webster technique has shown clinically to optimize the baby’s position in the womb for delivery. See www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov for a summary of the study.
Pregnancy chiropractic care can help ease back and pelvic pain; it can also benefit your baby. When seeking pain treatment, remember that a varied approach may be superior to standard methods.