Pregnancy causes a significant strain on the spine. Not only is there an increase in weight and hence a greater load on the discs of the spine but the influx of hormones softens the body’s ligaments and causes the spine and pelvis to be more flexible and sometimes unstable. For many women, this can lead to symptoms such as back pain, neck pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, headaches and rib pain.
Chiropractic is a safe and gentle form of healthcare that can provide many benefits for pregnant women.
Is Chiropractic safe during pregnancy?
Chiropractic techniques are very safe at all stages of pregnancy. Chiropractors are highly skilled healthcare professionals and undergo a minimum of five years’ tertiary training, including studies in paediatrics and obstetrics. Chiropractic treatment during pregnancy poses no risk to the unborn child.
What about after the birth?
The mother’s pelvis and lower back are particularly vulnerable to strains from the forces involved in childbirth. After giving birth, the body not only has to recover from the changes made during the pregnancy but also from the effects of the delivery. On top of this, there is the demanding job of caring for a new baby! Activities such as breast-feeding, moving car seats, reaching over cots or bassinets, and carrying a child on one hip can all lead to spinal and pelvic problems.