Low Back Pain and Pregnancy

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shutterstock_272575082A changing center of gravity due to a growing baby coupled with loosening ligaments in preparation for birth are the primary reasons why low back pain is the most common complaint during pregnancy. Due to it’s gentle and drug free nature, Chiropractic has become the premier choice for pain relief by both OBGYN’s and expectant mothers alike.

The following changes can result in a misaligned spine or joints:

  • Protruding abdomen and increased back curve
  • Pelvic changes
  • Postural adaptations

Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is the primary reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy. When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby leading to intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery.

Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:

  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
  • Reducing the time of labor and delivery
  • Relieving back, neck or joint pain
  • Lowering the risk of a potential cesarean delivery

Dean Chiropractic’s unique approach to pregnancy care centers around the use of techniques like the Activator Method which uses a handheld device to gently deliver treatment without having to twist or rotate the spine. Not only do our pregnant patients enjoy a more comfortable pregnancy but many report reduced labor times due to the optimization of the pelvis and how it moves.