How chiropractic can help your pregnancy and delivery

Chiropractic is the science, art and philosophy of optimal health and wellness. It was said by BJ Palmer that “Medicine is the study of disease and what causes a man to die. Chiropractic is the study of health and what causes a man to live.”

 Chiropractic recognizes that the human body has the innate ability to heal itself. In order for the body to recognize challenges and to properly self heal, the brain and nervous system must be able to properly perceive what is going on in the body. When areas of the spine become misaligned and stuck, the brain is unable to properly sense what is going on and therefore can not send the proper messages back out to the body. This breakdown in communication interferes with the bodies natural self healing capabilities and is perceived as stress that activates our sympathetic (fight or flight) response of our nervous system. Constant activation of this system puts our bodies in a state of protection and survival instead of the normal default of growth, development, and healing.

Chiropractors identify the areas of the spine that are misaligned and stuck that are causing interference in the bodies ability to self heal and function properly . Once these areas are identified, they can be gently corrected through specific chiropractic adjustments. Once these areas of the spine are corrected the body is no longer in a state of survival and protection and it is able to put its resources into normal growth, healing and development.

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How Chiropractic Helps Pregnant Moms

One of the most important times to see a chiropractor is during pregnancy.

This is important for both mom and baby. The changes in a woman's body during pregnancy put added stress on the spine and nerves. This is why things like sciatic pain are so common during pregnancy. 

Seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy will help the body adapt to its temporarily altered state. The result is a more comfortable pregnancy and shorter labor times.

Checking alignment of the pelvis is important for two reasons:

  •   It allows for the pelvis to be in the best possible orientation. The result is a more comfortable delivery process.
  •   Proper alignment ensures the baby is in the best position for delivery. The baby also won't get cramped.

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