Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy
Here at Broadgate Chiropractic Clinic, we provide chiropractic care in pregnancy to many of our patients. We have specialist equipment to ensure we are well equipped to help our pregnant patients with chiropractic care. Chiropractic treatment can help alleviate pain and discomfort including backpain, neckache, headaches, foot or leg problems during pregnancy.
The pillow we use is designed to allow pregnant ladies to enjoy lying on their front whilst receiving their treatment – something we know is very much appreciated after many months of having a bump!
During pregnancy, the female body goes through countless changes to create the best possible environment for a growing baby. However, these changes and differing hormone levels can affect how the body functions. One example of this is an increase in the hormone relaxin which is released to prepare the body for birth by relaxing the ligaments of the pelvis and low back. Unfortunately, these changes plus the increased weight and change to postures can cause musculoskeletal aches and pains and can lead to a condition called pelvic girdle dysfunction (PGD/SPD).
How Can Chiropractic Care Support You in Pregnancy
As chiropractors, we assess for those imbalances that can lead to PGD/SPD and provide hands-on treatment to help improve function and reduce pain. Often this involves gentle manual therapies and hands-on muscle release to correct the dysfunctions and create balance within the pelvis, spine, and soft tissues. We may also advise specific lifestyle changes and give exercises to help prevent the condition from worsening and prevent it from reoccurring.
We often get asked by our patients if it is still ok to exercise during pregnancy, and our answer is most definitely yes. This is also advised by the NHS as a means of helping your body adapt to the changing shape and weight gain, and also prepare for birth and post partum recovery. For further details on this, including advice and guidance please do refer to our previous blog post, Can I exercise when I’m pregnant?