Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care and pregnancy are like two peas in a pod. It is beneficial for not only the mother but also the developing baby. Dr. Ericka is currently Webster’s Technique certified. The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment which reduces nerve system stress. It detects and corrects sacral subluxation/ misalignment along with sacro iliac joint dysfunction. In doing this it’s purpose is to improve pelvis neurobiomechanical function.
Proper function of the pelvis helps to not only reduce the common complaint of low back pain during pregnancy but studies also show that women under chiropractic care during their pregnancy have reduced labor times and labor pains by up to 60%! Regular specific chiropractic adjustments have also been shown to be beneficial in aiding the correct positioning of the baby, reducing preeclampsia, aiding in breastfeeding, and lowering the incidence of postpartum depression.
Here are some great testimonials to chiropractic care during pregnancy:
“There are so many things that chiropractic care can help with or outright fix. I had an SI sprain that caused me to limp around like a sad whale in the last trimester. My chiropractor soon set me on the path to recovery, and was able to tell me why it happened and how to prevent further injury. A good chiropractor understands the body as a whole in a more intimate way than most medical doctors who specialize or focus on illness. The multitude of changes in your body cause stress, no matter how stress-free your life. Chiropractic care helps regulate and calm the stresses of pregnancy. A chiropractor friend of mine says if you’re going to be adjusted twice in your life, it should be right before and shortly after you give birth. I would add that chiropractic care along the way helps prevent problems and added body stress in pregnancy.”
—Lauren McClain, Bowie, MD
“I have seen chiropractors all my life, so when I got pregnant, naturally I continued care. Despite that, I still had pain for seven months until I switched to a Webster-certified chiropractor. My tailbone was jutting into my birth canal. My new chiropractor fixed this seven-month-long problem in two visits. She also stimulated a two week- long prodromal labor into active labor and adjusted me in labor. I am absolutely certain I would have had a C-section for obstructed birth and baby malposition if not for her.”
—Meghan Hughes, Fort Worth, TX
“These problems [subluxation] can cause misalignment of the uterine area that can encourage a baby to be malpositioned,” says McClain. “The most extreme of these is breech presentation, where the baby is butt- or feet-down. Luckily, chiropractic care by an experienced doctor can also help a good majority of butt-down babies turn head-down through the Webster technique. This technique is both safe and powerful. Everything in your body is connected, and in pregnancy that includes your baby. Your body most definitely affects your baby’s body. So get your body in line!”
-Lauren McClain, Midwife
Visit: http://pathwaystofamilywellness.org/Chiropractic/the-growing-role-of-chiropractic-in-childbirth-education.html to read more great stories about women receiving benefits from chiropractic care.
When it comes down to it, we know that our nervous system controls all other systems, functions and processes of our bodies and this includes pregnancy and birth. Our mission is to raise healthy families and this starts from conception. Please come visit us so that we can help you have an easier pregnancy and empowering birth.