Pre/Postnatal Chiropractic  Vienna, VA

Is chiropractic care during pregnancy safe?

All chiropractors are trained to work with pregnant women. Investing in the fertility and well-being of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is routine care for most chiropractors. There are no known contraindications to chiropractic treatment during pregnancy.

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Why should I have chiropractic care during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, a number of physiological and endocrinological changes occur that prepare the environment for the developing baby. The following changes can cause misalignment of the spine or joints:

  • Protruding abdomen and increased back curve
  • Pelvic changes
  • Postural adjustments

Pelvic balance and creating alignment is another reason to get chiropractic care during pregnancy. If your pelvis is tilted, it can reduce the space for your developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine restriction. A misaligned pelvis can also make it difficult for the baby to achieve the best possible birth position. This can affect a mother’s ability to give birth in a natural, non-invasive way. Breech and supine positions can interfere with the natural ease of labor and lead to interventions such as c-sections. The nervous system is the main communication system for all body systems, including the reproductive system. Keeping your spine aligned helps your whole-body work more efficiently.

What are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy?

Chiropractic care during pregnancy can be beneficial for pregnant women. Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:

  • Continuing a healthier pregnancy
  • Relieving symptoms of nausea
  • Reducing labor and delivery time
  • Relieving back, neck or joint pain
  • Preventing potential cesarean section

What about chiropractic care and breech deliveries?

The late Larry Webster, D.C., founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), developed a special chiropractic analysis and adjustment that allows chiropractors to balance the pregnant pelvis and reduce excess stress on the uterus and supporting ligaments. A balanced pelvic position is clinically proven to allow optimal fetal position. This technique is known as the Webster Technique. Practitioners have deemed it normal for a baby to present with the buttocks first until the third trimester. Most obstetricians do not worry about the baby’s position until mom is 37 weeks. About 4% of all pregnancies result in a breech position. The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, published in the July-August 2002 issue, reports an 82% success rate for babies turning vertex when chiropractors used the Webster Technique. Additionally, the results of the study indicate that the Webster’s Technique can be advantageous as early as 32 weeks of pregnancy if a fetus is in a breech position. Currently, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) recommends that women receive chiropractic care during pregnancy to balance the pelvic region and optimize the baby’s development during pregnancy. With a balanced pelvis, babies have a better chance of moving into the right position for birth, thus avoiding the accompanying emergencies and concerns of breech and supine positions. The optimal position of the baby during birth also eliminates the possibility of dystocia (difficult birth) and thus leads to an easier and safer birth for both mother and child.