During pregnancy there are several physiologic and endocrine changes that occur in preparation for the developing baby. One such change is the production of the pregnancy hormone relaxin which makes ligaments soft, allowing the pelvis to be more flexible during birth. The effect of relaxin, along with other postural adaptations such as increased weight and a protruding belly, make pregnancy an especially vulnerable time. Pregnant women are more likely than the general population to have back pain, pubic symphysitis, sciatica, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and hip and leg pain.
Prenatal chiropractic care is very safe because the treatment only involves the use of the chiropractor’s hands. An experienced and well-trained pregnancy chiropractor is able to massage the tension out of the muscles that are tight, and then comfortably manipulate any joints that are restricted. This restores function and leaves the body feeling pain-free.
Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is another reason to obtain pregnancy chiropractic care. When the pelvis is out of balance it will make labor more difficult, more painful and last longer. This can also lead to a twisting of the uterus, known as intrauterine constraint, which can make it difficult for a baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. Making the pelvis more mobile and symmetrical will make labor faster and easier, and will help ensure that the baby is in the optimum position for birth.
Dr Bartlett is one of the Bay Area’s top-rated chiropractors, and has been specializing in prenatal chiropractic care since 2001, making him one of the Bay Area’s most experienced pregnancy chiropractors as well.
Eliminate aches and pains naturally.
Reduce back pain, sciatica, and hip pain.
Promote relaxation & reduce stress.
Improve mood & cardiovascular health.
Strengthen your body with therapeutic exercises to prepare for birth, or to speed up recovery afterward.