Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care

Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care

Dr. Kirsten Setrakov - ONE Wellness Group talks about the benefits of Chiropractic as a mother goes through body changes during pregnancy.

We’ve all heard the phrase “I’m eating for two”, right? But have we ever stopped to think that during pregnancy, we are not only “eating for two”, but “walking for two”, “sitting for two”, and “moving for two”? All these added stressors on the body can lead to pain and discomfort.

Did you know that over 50% of pregnant women experience low back pain? Some other pregnancy-related aches and pains that women have reported are:

• Neck pain

• Sciatica

• Pelvic pain

• Sleep disturbance

• Carpal Tunnel

And these are just to name a few! Chiropractors can help relieve pain and discomfort, before, during, and after pregnancy (even during labour)!

Some of the ways that chiropractors can help include:

• Manual therapy/ adjustments

• Soft tissue therapy

• Pregnancy-safe exercise recommendations

Some things to consider:

• As pregnancy progresses, the hormone relaxin increases in the body and softens the ligaments to help facilitate childbirth

• This hormone can cause the joints to feel lax and unstable, especially in the third trimester

• These loosened ligaments and joints can cause back pain

• Chiropractic care is a safe, conservative, and effective approach to treating back pain

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