The reproduction process is astonishing, whether it be on the experiencing or witnessing end. The process can change a woman’s body in several ways, and it is not uncommon for a woman to experience pain and discomfort in the lower and upper back. Back pain is prevalent during pregnancy due to the load on the spine, which causes imbalances. As the pregnancy progresses and more weight is gained, the imbalances will only become more widespread and unpleasant. (American Pregnancy Association, 2017) “Seeking regular treatment at the beginning and throughout pregnancy will help make not only for a more comfortable 10 months, but also a smooth delivery,” says Dr. Josh Alvarado.
Regular maintenance care during pregnancy will not only keep the spine healthy, the adjustments will also affect the nervous system. The nervous system controls all in the body, and communicates back and forth with the brain. If a vertebral subluxation is interfering with the nervous system’s ability to communicate with the body, it could result in imbalances and pressure. (American Pregnancy Association, 2017)
The imbalances that occur during pregnancy can result in pelvic changes and postural adaptations, which can be corrected with chiropractic care. Pelvic changes are common during pregnancy, and can be very painful if not addressed. The pelvis is a group of four separate bones: the sacrum and coccyx at the back, and the ilia (hipbones) on either side. During pregnancy, a hormone called relaxin is secreted to soften and eventually open the pelvic joints in preparation for childbirth. This process causes instability in the pelvis, leading to back pain. (Women’s Health Foundation, 2017)
Pelvic instability during pregnancy can be corrected and maintained with regular chiropractic adjustments. At Arlington Pain and Rehab Courthouse, Dr. Josh Alvarado will perform an adjustment to the sacroiliac joints, shifting the lower spine and pelvis back into alignment. This adjustment will relieve pressure on the joints and reduce pain in the back and hips.
Adjustments during pregnancy have other benefits besides reducing pain in the back and hips. These other benefits include, but are not limited to, controlling symptoms of nausea, reducing the time of labor and delivery, preventing a potential cesarean delivery, and maintaining a healthy pregnancy overall. Pelvic adjustments specifically have been shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning as well (Horst, 2012). Dr. Josh Alvarado is experienced in delivering these specific and gentle adjustments and has helped many prenatal patients throughout the years. Chiropractic care during pregnancy is very safe, and recommended through all stages of pregnancy.
1 Women’s Health Foundation
2 American Pregnancy Association
3 Adjustments to the Pelvic Region