So how does chiropractic help during pregnancy? To answer this question, we have to understand the nature of chiropractic. The purpose of chiropractic is to correct subluxations, or misalignments in the spine that disrupt proper functioning of the nervous system. The chiropractic adjustment corrects subluxations to improve nervous system functioning, which optimizes a person’s health. For pregnant mothers, chiropractic not only improves her health, but it also improves the growth and development of her child.
During pregnancy, a mother becomes more susceptible to becoming subluxated. First she produces the hormone relaxin, which reduces the stability of her spine by relaxing the ligaments throughout her body. Then her body changes quickly and dramatically as her baby grows and develops. The changes will distort the alignment of her spine and subluxate her. Coupled with the increased instability within her spine, these subluxations may induce additional subluxations in other areas of her spine.
Subluxations during pregnancy may lead to pain and discomfort including sinus, neck, shoulder, arm pain; carpal tunnel syndrome; low back pain, leg pain, sciatica; allergies, nausea, poor digestion, trouble breathing; and difficult labor (dystocia). From clinical experience, I’ve witnessed marked improvements to health, functioning, immunity, and comfort in my practice members that received regular chiropractic adjustments during their pregnancy.
For the developing baby, regular chiropractic adjustments to their mother during pregnancy supports their optimal growth and development. From a neurological perspective, when a mother is unsubluxated, her baby neurologically develops in a state that is favors growth, development, and immunity. From a physical perspective, when a mother is unsubluxated, her baby can grow and develop in the optimum position. Optimum positioning contributes to the favorable spinal development of the baby and a favorable labor and delivery for the mother.