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Pregnancy can be an exciting and wonderful time in a woman’s life, but is also a time of many changes in her body that can cause various discomforts. Many of the changes in a woman’s body will occur through her low back and pelvis as her body begins to change and adapt to her growing baby.
The uterus itself has a physical connection to the joints and soft-tissues in and surrounding the pelvis. These are typically the main areas addressed with chiropractic treatment. However, we may see compensation in other areas of the body that can also be addressed.
A prenatal chiropractic treatment is a combination of gentle adjusting - to balance the pelvis and improve its function. As well as gentle soft tissue techniques - to release tension in surrounding muscles and ligaments that are attached to the uterus and pelvis. However, every treatment is individualized to each patient, as moms may experience different discomforts during pregnancy.
This balancing and release of tension in the pelvis is a successful technique for reducing discomforts for mom while also allowing baby to move and turn naturally to prepare for birth. Going into the birthing process with balance, mobility and ease of movement in the pelvis can also result in a more comfortable, shorter labor and delivery.
Often, a combined approach is very beneficial for Mom and baby. Dr Jody, Chiropractor and Dr Jenn, Acupuncturist, discuss the benefits of combining both therapies during your pregnancy.