There’s a myth that circulates amongst the general public, where some people believe that if you’re pregnant, there’s no way that you can see a chiropractor.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Chiropractic during pregnancy is not only safe, it can be very helpful in alleviating annoying and painful symptoms while having a healthier and more comfortable delivery.
Pregnant Patients Are Often In Pain
The most common reason why any new patients walks into our office is some sort of pain. The expectant mothers that enter our office are no exception. They are often dealing with neck and upper back stiffness, but low back pain is primary complaint.
Low back pain may include the lumbar spine, but also the pelvis area. Sore and burning pain, including sciatica and pain in the SI joints are common descriptions of their condition. They will often try massage therapy and rest, but are leery about trying any drugs or anything more invasive, fearing that their child may be harmed in the process.
Chiropractic During Pregnancy
There are several differences in treating a pregnant vs. a non-pregnant patient. First, we will not take any x-rays. While our examination is the same, we will look for symptoms and problems that are more common in pregnant patients.
Our adjusting and examination tables are compatible with a pregnant patient. We have a “belly” section that drops out, allowing the patient to lay comfortably face down. This makes it possible for us to evaluate the pelvis and low back in a way that doesn’t further aggravate the condition. The tables also allow for adjustments to be made without any twisting of the patient required.
What If You’re Not In Pain?
We do see referrals from Ob/Gyn Physicians that understand the benefits of chiropractic care during this physically demanding time. Some research suggests chiropractic care during pregnancy can decrease labor times and prevent complications that would prevent a natural delivery.
Chiropractic during pregnancy is helpful to the expectant mother in a variety of ways. It’s something we see in our office on a regular basis. When a patient tells you “this is the only thing that makes the back pain bearable” during a particularly complicated pregnancy, it’s worth the extra accommodations we make in our office to make our patients comfortable.