Chiropractic Care During & After Pregnancy
Chiropractic care is the third most common form of treatment sought after by pregnant women in the US, behind massage and yoga.
Although the sacrum has enough depth to enable fetal carriage, the displaced weight gain of between 25 to 45 lbs greatly increases the stress to the sacroiliac joints. As the fetus develops during gestation, this added weight is projected forward, which increases lumbar lordosis, placing extra stress on the intervertebral disks and facet joints. The increase in circulating progesterone, estrogen, and relaxin throughout gestation, especially during the third trimester, leads to pelvic hypermobility and creates a decrease in spinal stabilization. The weight of the fetus adds pressure to the lumbosacral nerve roots leading to additional pain.
Adjustments to the lumbar spine and the sacroiliac joint help to shift the vertebrae back into alignment which helps relieve lower back pain. Adjustments to these joints may also relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve and help patients sleep more soundly at night. Swelling and pain in the knees, ankles and feet may also be reduced with adjustments. The many changes throughout pregnancy are difficult enough to manage on their own. Chiropractic care can help make these changes easier by relieving pain.