Why pregnancy is a real pain in the back

Why pregnancy is a real pain in the back

Of all the things people with kids told me about what motherhood would be like, one has held truer than most: your back will never be the same. It starts in pregnancy, as the body releases relaxin, a hormone that loosens the joints and ligaments – and eventually softens and lengthens the cervix – in preparation for childbirth. That almost sounds pleasant, right? It relaxes your muscles to make childbirth easier. Unfortunately, it feels more like you’ve been put on a medieval stretching rack, and some evil hunchback is turning a crank that’s slowly pulling your pelvis apart. Labor can be difficult on the back as well, especially if the baby is positioned in such a way as to cause what’s called “back labor”, another innocuous term for intense lower back pain, generally thought to be caused by the baby’s head pushing against the lower back. To read more click here. If you are having back please contact us.   Image courtesy of Adamr/...

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The Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a unique and special time in a woman’s life, and should be filled with the excitement and anticipation of welcoming their new baby boy or girl into the world. What it shouldn’t be is a period of dealing with unnecessary aches, pains, and soreness. Thankfully, chiropractic can help relieve much of the discomfort that can be brought on during pregnancy. Some women may be concerned about whether or not chiropractic is safe for them and their baby. The answer is yes; not only is it safe to use chiropractic care for pregnancy, it is also remarkably beneficial. During pregnancy, the body becomes stressed by the change in hormones, biomechanics, and weight gain. Chiropractic adjustment helps relieve this neck and back pain, and it can also prevent sciatica – a condition often triggered in pregnant women due to pressure in the lumbar region of the spine. As the pregnancy continues, extra weight and loosening ligaments cause slight shifts in posture. Chiropractic helps maintain correct posture of the neck and back, as well as keeping the pelvis balanced, which is especially important during the later stages of pregnancy. A misaligned pelvis may reduce space in the uterus, leading to a higher likelihood of breeched birth. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) recommends chiropractic care for realigning the pelvis and providing the optimal chance of a safe, easy delivery. Regular chiropractic visits help to make the entire experience of pregnancy more comfortable, by relieving symptoms such as nausea, headaches, constipation, indigestion, and insomnia. Chiropractic is the natural way to ensure that your nine months go smoothly, and that your baby gets a healthy start to life. Image courtesy of Adamr/...

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Chiropractic Care For Pregnancy Brings Tremendous Relief

Chiropractic Care For Pregnancy Brings Tremendous Relief

Pregnancy is a joyous and exciting time for any family that is gearing up to welcome its much-anticipated newest member. It’s an awe inspiring experience to create a new life and to witness what the human body is capable of. It truly is a miracle! Unfortunately for many women, their months of pregnancy are also a time of great discomfort. The mother’s body goes through tremendous changes while it is literally expanding from the inside out in order to accommodate the growing baby inside. Some of these changes result in pain, pressure, difficulty sitting or standing and even difficulty sleeping. In a worst case scenario, the baby may be sitting on the sciatic nerve causing very uncomfortable side effects. Many women seek comfort and relief through pregnancy-safe over-the-counter pain relievers (with their doctor’s approval), stretching, prenatal yoga and the use of specially designed pregnancy pillows. However, for those with extreme or even moderate back, hip, leg or neck pain, a wonderful solution is to seek out a medical professional who is experienced in the area of chiropractic care for pregnancy. We are very much aware of the endless benefits of chiropractic care for general wellness, but the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy are not as well-known. A pregnant woman may visit a chiropractor during the very late stages of her pregnancy when the discomfort becomes unbearable. What inevitably happens is that she leaves her appointment feeling like a new person. It’s nothing short of amazing! She usually vows to tell every one of her pregnant friends about her wonderful experience and promises that if she becomes pregnant again, she will start seeing the chiropractor much earlier on and with regularity throughout the entire pregnancy! Image courtesy of Adamr/...

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Soothing Expectant Moms’ Sore Bodies Naturally

Soothing Expectant Moms’ Sore Bodies Naturally

Over the years, many studies have shown that at least 50% of all expectant mothers in the United States experience mild to excruciating back pain at some time during their pregnancies. Oftentimes, that pain starts in either the posterior pelvic or lumbar vertebrae areas as early as the first month after conception. Here’s a look at why those types of complaints are common among expectant mothers and how chiropractic for pregnancy may offer them a solution: After conception, a woman’s body undeniably starts to change. For example, her hormone levels will start to fluctuate. In addition, she’ll experience an increase in uterus size, enlarged breasts, weight gain, a shifting of the pelvic muscles and changes in posture. The fetus, as it grows, will also start to move around and in the process may create temporary pressure points or musculoskeletal misalignment. Clearly, all of those things will most certainly have an impact on the joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves that surround an expectant mom’s spinal column, extremities and joints. Unfortunately, that list of potential symptoms includes, but doesn’t end with: Traveling or Persistent Pains Attributed to Pinched Nerves or Overstretched Muscles Numbness or Tingling in the Extremities Secondary to Circulatory Problems Torn or Sprain Muscles in the Abdomen or Pelvic Region Episodes of Stress Related Incontinence Difficulty Completing Daily Activities (e.g. Walking, Going to the Bathroom) Now that we’ve covered why expectant moms tend to find themselves in pain, let’s shift direction. It has long been accepted by healthcare professionals that basic chiropractic treatments, like spinal manipulation, have the potential to assuage expectant moms’ back pains by: Stabilizing Joints, Muscles and Ligaments Putting the Body Back Into Alignment Relieving Pressure in Impacted Areas Some professional also believe that Indianapolis chiropractic care may help new moms deal with postnatal pains related to breast feeding, chronic fatigue, frequent bending and lifting. To learn more about how safe and effective chiropractic care is beneficial for expectant and new moms, please contact us today. Image courtesy of adamr/...

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The Importance of Chiropractic Care for Pregnancy

The Importance of Chiropractic Care for Pregnancy

During and after pregnancy, many women may find that they experience pain throughout their body due to the natural adjustments that childbearing can inflict. One of the best ways to address these issues is to continuously seek the expertise of an experienced Indianapolis chiropractor. By learning more about chiropractic care for pregnancy, minimizing or even potentially eliminating the pain experienced due to pregnancy should be achievable. Misalignment Stress Can Be A Double Edged Sword Changes in the body during pregnancy can cause nervous system impairments due to misalignment of the spinal and soft tissue surrounding nerve pathways. Not only can this lead to stress and pain, but it can also hurt the growth progress of the developing baby. According to ICPA, “The misalignment of the spine and pelvis have a far more crucial consequence to a mother and her developing baby. These insidious blockages cause stress overload to the mother’s nervous system, potentially impairing any of her vital systems and organs. During pregnancy, when a mother’s body systems are basically functioning for two, any interference to the nerve transmission supporting their function can be detrimental to her health and well-being, as well as the growing baby’s.” A chiropractor who is experienced with treating pregnant women will be able to locate these nerve pathway blockages as well as implement periodic treatment to prevent them from occurring. Preventing Obstetrical Interventions Obstetrical interventions are necessary when the bio-mechanics of child development in the mother run askew. Such interventions are necessary when the positioning of the child inside the mother has developed in an abnormal way, making medical intervention necessary to protect the health of the mother and child. Chiropractic treatment during the course of a pregnancy can optimize the development of a baby while ensuring a normal birthing position. Such treatment is necessary for healthy growth during a pregnancy because misalignment may create a haphazard environment where there is not enough room for continued growth. Image courtesy of adamr /...

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