Can pregnant women get a chiropractic adjustment?

A question we get all the time is “Can pregnant women get a chiropractic adjustment?” The answer is not only can she; it’s a great treatment option! 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 and also increase symptoms such as pregnancy-related low back pain and headaches. Chiropractic care is a safe, gentle way to take pressure off of the joints and relieve pain without taking medications that could be potentially harmful to the baby.

Can any chiropractor adjust a pregnant woman?

While the short answer is yes, there are a couple caveats. All chiropractors have been trained in school 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 chiropractors who are “Webster certified.”. This indicates that they are passionate about treating pregnant women and children. Dr. Brianna is a Cary chiropractor who has her Webster certification. She regularly takes continuing education to stay up with the current research on evaluating and treating pregnant women.

What are the benefits of chiropractic during pregnancy?

  • Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy may include:
  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy.
  • Reducing the time of labor and delivery.
  • Relieving back, neck or joint pain.
  • Decreasing incidence of headaches without the use of medication.