Chiropractic care during pregnancy is designed to give specific and gentle care to patients who exhibit pelvic torsion during pregnancy. By making adjustments to the sacral area of the mother’s lower spine, subluxations and postural abnormalities can be corrected. Pregnant women or women who have recently given birth may experience pain as a result of sacral subluxations that occur either as the baby develops or during the birth process. Adjustments are comfortable and gentle, and do not involve twisting, popping or cracking.
Why Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy?
As the fetus increases in size, the placenta and uterus can place torsional stress upon the sacrum or tailbone of the mother, causing subluxations. This stress can greatly reduce the energy, health and mobility of the mother, while also causing her pain.
Some pregnant women may complain of significant pain in the front of the hips near the pubic bone. This pain can be debilitating and leave them unable to walk without pain. This can occur during pregnancy, or shortly after delivery, as the hormones are relaxing the pubic joint to allow for it to expand during the birthing process. This is typically caused by a misaligned and inflamed symphysis pubis joint, and is appropriately diagnosed as symphysis pubis dysfunction.
Gentle adjustments are used restore optimal movement of the mother’s sacrum and pelvis, to reduce pain, and reduce the adverse effects of subluxations. Many mothers report not only feeling relief, but experience an overall easier pregnancy and delivery. Dr. Kristina Portillo and Dr. Brett Anderson love adjusting pregnant moms because it can help them feel more comfortable throughout their pregnancy, and prepare the body for the birthing process.