Congratulations on your pregnancy! Right now, you may be feeling an overwhelming sense of joy, and a pinch of unease. You’ve probably heard that pregnancy brings about a number of changes to your body, and you may be wondering just how your body will take the coming changes.
Don’t be nervous. Many of the changes the female body undergoes during pregnancy are normal. Luckily, most of these upcoming “problems” can be addressed by chiropractic care.
Back and shoulder pains are two conditions associated with pregnancy that chiropractic care can resolve. There are, however, other issues that can be treated through adjustments. Here are two common pregnancy issues that an experienced chiropractor in Fort Wayne, Indiana can help you with:
For most of your pregnancy, your child will be in the breech position, where the baby exits the pelvis with the buttocks or feet first. Don’t panic as this usually resolves itself by the time you enter the third trimester. However, there are times when this doesn’t happen and the child remains in breech presentation.
In response to this, Larry Webster, Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), developed a new treatment method for pregnant women, the Webster Technique. This technique helps reestablish balance in the pelvis, uterus, and surrounding ligaments and structures. In turn, the child is provided more space to move into the occiput anterior position, the most preferable position for childbirth.
The Webster Technique is widely used, and studies show that it has a favorable rate of success. The following excerpt is from AmericanPregnancy.org:
Eventually, your body will produce more progesterone, a hormone that relaxes smooth muscles; unfortunately, your digestive tract is made of smooth muscles. When these muscles are relaxed, they don’t move food through your system quickly.
To counter this issue, a Fort Wayne, Indiana chiropractor, like Dr. Kraig C. Keys or Dr. Kim Keys Lenhart of Keys Chiropractic, can adjust a section of your lower back. This relieves pressure from nerve roots in the area, some of which control the intestines. As a result, the intestinal muscles respond to stimuli better and function correctly.
Chiropractors undergo extensive training that includes how to provide care for pregnant women. If you are interested in chiropractic care during pregnancy, be sure to look for an experienced and certified chiropractor in your area.
(Source: Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy; AmericanPregnancy.org)