Can Pregnant Women Get Chiropractic Adjustments?
A question we get all the time is “Can a pregnant woman be adjusted?” and the answer is not only can she; she should! At no other time will a woman go through such rapid physical changes in her adult life than she does when she is pregnant. The protruding abdomen, increased back curvature, pelvic changes, and hormonal fluctuations can cause stress on the spine or joints. Chiropractic care is a safe, gentle way to mobilize the joints and reduce discomfort without taking medications that could be potentially harmful to the baby.
Can Any Chiropractor Treat a Pregnant Woman?
While the short answer is yes, there are a couple caveats. All chiropractors have been trained on how to adjust a pregnant woman. However, not all chiropractors like to or feel comfortable doing so. Find a chiropractor who has a specialized table that allows room for the growing abdomen. You can also look for chiros who are “Webster certified” or members of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). This indicates that they are passionate about treating pregnant women and children. Dr. Brianna is a Cary chiropractor who has her Webster certification and is also a member of the ICPA. She regularly takes continuing education to stay up with the current research on evaluating and treating pregnant women.
What are the Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy?
Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy may include:
- Increasing the change of an easier delivery.
- Managing pregnancy-related lower back pain.
- Helping the baby position properly in a head down position.
- Relieving round ligament pain.
- Providing a drug-free approach to relieving upper back pain and headache.
Dr. Brianna Williams DC has spent significant time learning from one of the foremost experts in pediatrics and prenatal care in the chiropractic profession. She works closely with midwives, obstetricians, and birthing centers to ensure a comfortable pregnancy for her patients. If you would like further information or have questions feel free to email her at our Cary chiropractic office.