Chiropractic Care during pregnancy – is it safe?
According to modern medical standards of care, there is no reason to worry about chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. In fact, Dr. Zock holds a specific certification to treat expectant mothers. And there are lots of reasons for why chiropractic care during pregnancy is a great idea.
Why should I have chiropractic care during pregnancy?
During pregnancy the following changes can result in changes to function and alignment of the spine
- Protruding abdomen and increased back curve
- Pelvic changes
- Postural adaptations
Balance is important to women at all phases of life, but insuring and maintaining pelvic balance and alignment is a great reason to seek chiropractic care during pregnancy.
When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint.
This condition could well make it difficult for the baby to get into the optimum position for delivery.
What about Breech or Posterior?
This can affect the mother’s ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth. Posterior and breech positions can interfere with the natural progression of labor. Of course, the most troublesome can lead to interventions such as c-sections.
The central nervous system is the communication system to all the areas of the body. This includes a mom’s reproductive system. By using chiropractic care during pregnancy, we are able to align the spine which helps the entire body work more effectively.
Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
- Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
- Controlling symptoms of nausea
- Reducing the time of labor and delivery
- Relieving back, neck or joint pain
- Preventing a potential cesarean delivery
What is the Webster Technique?
Larry Webster, D.C., who was the Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association(ICPA). He developed a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment. His technique enables chiropractors to establish balance in the pregnant woman’s pelvis. As a result stress to her uterus and supporting ligaments is significantly reduced.
As a result of this process, the balanced state in the pelvis has been shown to allow for optimal positioning of your baby. The technique has become know as the Webster Technique.
During the first part of the the pregnancy, it is often normal for a baby to present breech until the third trimester. In fact, most birth practitioners are not concerned with breech presentations until the expand mom is more than 37 weeks into the pregnancy.
Today, in the United States, approximately 4% of all pregnancies will result in a breech birth.
What are the benefits of the Webster Technique?
However, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported in the July/August 2002 issue that there is a 82% success rate of babies turning vertex if the Webster Technique is performed by your chiropractor..
Additionally, the study suggests that can be beneficial to perform the Webster Technique, as early as the 8th month of pregnancy, if the mom has a breech presentation.
Today the organization the Dr. Webster founded recommends women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and to improve the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy.
With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be avoided altogether.
Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for a difficult labor. At the end of the day this means that the whole experience will be beer for both mom and baby. To schedule an evaluation with Dr. Zock please contact us.