Prenatal Chiropractic Care
Bringing a child into this world can be a beautiful but challenging process. As a man, I do not pretend to truly understand what this process is like but I do understand a lot about the body in the context of movement and in the context of what happens to the body during pregnancy.
Pregnancy is certainly not without its challenges to the say the least. One of the largest obstacles to overcome is the fact that your body is changing drastically in a relatively short amount of time. A big part of this is the fact that your center of gravity starts to shift as baby develops in the womb and as the soon to be mother are just expected to deal with the changes and challenges. However, just because a process is natural, does not always mean it is not without complications and that certainly does not make you lesser by any means.
As the days and months pass by during pregnancy, weight shifts forward and in many cases the tendency is wanting to lean back. Some people have no problem with this natural weight gain, have no back pain and they can adapt to the changes. In many cases these are the people who are exercising and strengthening during pregnancy as well as having partaken in strength and conditioning exercises before the pregnancy as well. This fact does not however necessarily exempt you from discomfort or musculoskeletal issues during pregnancy.
Most back-pain cases in the US are non-organic or otherwise referred to as mechanical back pain which is related directly to the physical structures of your body. With that in mind you may say at this point, what can we do if back pain during pregnancy can occur whether you exercise, before or not?
A couple of things:
- Chiropractic Care / spinal manipulation – Naturally it is not recommended that you take any sort medications during pregnancy and a series of spinal manipulations AKA adjustments can act as a physical aspirin of sorts and has been clinically shown to help reduce pain. It has also been shown to help balance the tension in the muscles that control movement of the pelvis which can encourage a healthier easier birthing experience.
- Therapeutic Exercises – At Northcenter Healthcare we utilize a method call DNS (dynamic neuromuscular stabilization) to assess and restore strength and coordination of groups of muscles that we otherwise learn and develop during the first year of life or so. We focus on not just engaging core muscles but specifically establishing and understanding of IAP (intra-abdominal pressure) to help stabilize spines and create a solid base for movement whether you are doing upper or lower body activities.
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