Chiropractic and Pregnancy
We cannot see are the millions of different hormonal changes and chemical reactions occurring both in the mother and the developing baby, all of which are controlled and coordinated through the nervous system. Now more than ever, during pregnancy you need a nervous system that responds immediately and accurately to changing requirements in all parts of your body, and therefore you need a healthy spine.
- Back and Neck Pain: Why it happens
As you gain weight, especially in the abdomen, this exerts a downward, forward pull on the lower spine. This extra weight combined with changes in your gait and center of gravity can set the stage for backache and neck pain. Additionally, as labor approaches, your body secretes a hormone called relaxin, which loosens ligaments. This may exaggerate the effects of an existing spinal or pelvis problem. Additionally, your increasing breast size in preparation for lactation can create upper back pain.
- How we can Help : Reduced Back Pain
A doctor of chiropractic aligns the vertebrae and pelvis through gentle adjustments to the spine, relieving the pressure on the nerves, and restoring normal motion by taking pressure off the spine
- How we can Help: Easier Labor
According to recent studies, chiropractic care may result in easier pregnancy including increased comfort during the third trimester and delivery and reduced need for analgesics (pain medication). In one study, women receiving chiropractic care through their first pregnancy had 24% reduction in labor times and subjects giving birth for the second or third time reported 39% reduction in shorter labor times.
How we can Help: Webster Technique
The Webster Technique is a safe effective and gentle means of manipulating the spine, sacrum, and soft tissues, to remove constraint off of the uterus to allow proper positioning of the baby for birth. This technique has been utilized for many years sucessfully . In 2001, Dr. Meffert was one of the first physicians to be certified in the technique in WV.