The Doulas of Southern Maryland work closely with many different practitioners in our community to ensure our clients understand the importance of a healthy, whole body approach to pregnancy and labor.One of the practitioners we regularly refer our clients to is Dr. Megan Green, a Chiropractor specializing in Pregnancy and Pediatrics. We see the benefits of having regular chiropractic adjustments throughout pregnancy and especially in labor, when the importance of a properly aligned pelvis make it easier for baby to progress through the birth canal.
Ever wondered what could improve your pregnancy? Chiropractic care throughout your pregnancy is safe, holistic and beneficial for mother and baby. Chiropractic care is very gentle and utilizes specific adjustments to accommodate the mother’s changing body. Below are a few of the benefits chiropractic care can provide during pregnancy.
Reducing Back Pain
Due to changing center of gravity and an increased lumbar curvature, structural adaptation and spinal dysfunction within the lumbar spine and sacroiliac joints cause lower back pain during pregnancy. As weight gain increases, spinal compression may present causing disc and/or facet pain. By improving structural mobility and function through adjustments, chiropractic care can reduce tension of the spine and surrounding musculature, thus decreasing the mother’s pain and discomfort. This is also very beneficial for those mothers who may not be experiencing any pain throughout their pregnancy.
Better Baby Positioning
Breech orientation after the seventh month is considered to be abnormal with several different causes. One cause can be due to tension within the uterus resulting from the pelvic bones and round ligaments. Chiropractic analysis and adjustments restores balance to the pelvic bones, muscles and ligaments. Restoring balance reduces tension within the uterus offering an optimal environment for the developing baby. With adequate space, the baby has a greater chance of becoming properly positioned resulting in a safer birth. Webster protocol is a specific technique designed to help breech babies. According to the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Webster protocol is 82 percent effective.
Improved Immune System
Pregnancy increases the susceptibility for illness due to the hormonal changes which can weaken the immune system. The nervous system controls every function in the body, including immunity and defense against illness. Chiropractic care and adjustments can improve the function of the immune system through the connection of the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, and the lymphatic system by decreasing inflammatory responses.
Chiropractic adjustments improve the alignment between the mother’s spine and hips including uninterrupted nerve communication to the muscles of the pelvic floor and uterus. This allows the labor and birthing process to progress more smoothly and possibly decreases labor time. For those mothers looking to have a more natural birth, chiropractic care is a component to help them achieve their natural goals.
Chiropractors should always perform a proper examination to determine whether treatment is necessary in your scenario and which treatment protocol is most beneficial for you.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Green at Henry Chiropractic, please call 301-737-0662.
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