Expectant mothers are viewed with a level of reverence and decorum often absent in society in general, as they garner an added level of appreciation from the overall society, How else to explain special maternity parking sections placed strategically nearby supermarket and dining establishment entryways, to facilitate much simpler access both into and out of the facility? Saving a couple steps may seem irrelevant in the grand scheme of things, but to a would-be parent left lugging an added twenty pounds or more before delivery, lessening any extra walking can be a godsend.
Moms-to-be are not gifted with any superhuman strength or endurance, however. Certainly, they might just practically glow with the thrill of approaching motherhood, but actuality can barge in on the celebration. Would-be mothers get irritated, too. They have unprecedented food cravings. (Peanut butter and pickle sandwiches, anyone?) Their feet can ache. Bladder sizes can inexplicably diminish, causing immediate and frequent needs to seek out a restroom. And of course back pain problems could surface, with pregnancy either exasperating pre-existing conditions or developing a demand to improvement mobility as the development of the baby progresses.
Trained, expert professional chiropractic care offered by doctors of chiropractic (also called chiropractors or chiropractic physicians) can be a safe and effective way of alleviating many of the most troubling conditions connected to early pregnancy.
A quick trip to the Web site of the American Chiropractic Association (www.acatoday.org) sheds some instant light on the full definition of chiropractic. According to the detailed site: “Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic services are used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.”
Primarily chiropractors use spinal manipulation (also called spinal adjustment) in the process of deliberately administering pressure along the patient’s spine in an effort to correct a subluxation (misalignment of the vertebrae), eliminating spinal nerve stress. Chiropractors can apply force slowly or quickly, as needed. It is in the course of the spinal manipulation process that people often hear the distinctive “popping” noise frequently affiliated with quality chiropractic care.
Not unexpectedly, one of the most common matters brought up by expectant mothers involves the safety of chiropractic care. Hopeful individuals arrive at their chiropractor’s office hoping to comfort the conditions of upper and lower back pain, frequent headaches, neck pain and numbness or tingling in the arms and legs. But is the cure worse than the ailment?
Visiting the American Pregnancy Association Web site (www.americanpregnancy.org), the answer is a definite “no” in unequivocal terms. Chiropractic care is totally safe for mothers waiting for the arrival of their newborn.
According to the site: “There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are qualified to work with women who are pregnant. Investing in the fertility and pregnancy wellness of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is a regular care for most chiropractors.”
Successfully treating a pregnant patient does require some variations in treatment. For example, a chiropractor’s table might be calibrated to support the special requirements of a pregnant client’s body. Those particular precautions help stay clear of placing unneeded pressure on the abdomen of the patient
Additionally, chiropractors specializing in the treatment of pregnant clients might advise a range of moderate exercises safe for use in the course of pregnancy, in order to improve flexibility and comfort.
Conceivable benefits to chiropractor care for pregnant clients are numerous. These rewards can provide maintaining a healthier pregnancy, lowering issues of nausea associated with pregnancy, decreasing the duration of labor and the associated wait for delivery, relieving back pain, upper back pain, lower back pain, joint pain, headaches and numbness or tingling in the arms and legs, and lastly, lessening the likelihood for a necessity of cesarean delivery– which means a less intrusive birth process and quicker recovery period.
The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) recommends that pregnant women should receive chiropractic care throughout the duration of their expected nine-month pregnancy. That care from accredited and licensed health care professionals can help establish pelvic balance in the client, optimizing space in the womb for a healthy baby to develop all throughout the pregnancy.
Being a mother is an experience destined to endure a lifetime. It simply makes sense to get off on the right foot, by providing the developing unborn child all the opportunities to develop in the healthiest environment possible. Speak to your chiropractor today to determine if chiropractic care is a good fit during your pregnancy, and live up to the expectations of super-moms everywhere.