When performed correctly by a highly trained chiropractor, the adjustments are safe, especially for women who are experiencing pregnancy-related back pain. During pregnancy, the body changes in many ways. Not only does the structure of the pelvis and abdomen change, but the endocrine system also undergoes fluctuations that allow for the baby to develop properly. Chiropractic adjustments help to maintain balance in all the areas of the body, including the skeletal and endocrine systems. By keeping the structures in balance and properly aligned, chiropractic adjustments give the fetus room to grow and also allows the nerves space to move and function along with the muscles.
Chiropractic adjustments help to reduce inflammation and swelling that can impinge on nerves and blood vessels. During pregnancy, the fetus relies on the blood flow from the mother for the nutrients and oxygen it needs to develop and thrive. As the fetus develops and grows larger, the baby can rest on different nerves within the abdomen, resulting in numbness and tingling in the mother’s legs. Chiropractic adjustments can help the bones and muscle structure flex and shift as the baby grows. When combined with acupuncture or massage therapy, the muscles are allowed to relax and support the growing baby without pinching nerves in the area.
The Webster Technique was developed by Dr. Larry Webster to improve pelvic function during pregnancy and delivery. Subluxations or misalignments of the sacrum and the sacroiliac or SI joint can impede blood flow and pinch nerves that cause numbness and tingling in the lower extremities. This technique offers specialized analysis and a variety of adjustments to help bring the joints in the spine, pelvis, and hips back into alignment. In the past, the Webster Technique was used effectively to turn a baby to the proper position when it was shown to be breech. Many chiropractors recommend using the Webster Technique throughout the woman’s pregnancy for optimal results.
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