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Chiropractic Care during Pregnancy

At Chiropractic By Hand our Chiropractors Polly, Lauren & Brodie specialise in treating pregnant patients and have partaken in postgraduate training in specialist pregnancy techniques. Pregnancy chiropractic treatment is gentle and safe to have throughout pregnancy.

Why do I need Chiropractic treatment when pregnant?

Chiropractic care and exercises during pregnancy focuses on allowing the body to function at its optimum whilst the body is going through major postural and hormonal changes.

Lower back and pelvic girdle pain

Women experience an increase in the lumbar curve during pregnancy due to the increased weight being carried out in front. This puts more pressure on some of the joints of the spine, causing discomfort and, for some women, pain. Essentially, the centre of gravity has been moved and, even after giving birth, problems caused as a result of irritated joints and nerves can take a while to resolve.

Upper back and neck pain

As breasts grow larger, women may experience upper back aches and pain as there is more pressure being put on the upper back.

Hormones

As pregnancy progresses into the final stages, relaxin is released in order to prepare for birth and does exactly what it says; ‘softening’ the muscles, ligaments and tendons! At this time, the body is more unforgiving and it is easy to overstretch or lift something and cause more of a problem than normal. Knee and ankle pain is less common during pregnancy, but can occur at this time due to the relaxation of muscle support and the increase in weight in the final trimester

What is Webster Technique?

Our Chiropractors are certified in the Webster technique. The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic technique used to analyse and correct pelvic imbalances. It is commonly applied to pregnant women because the Webster’s technique is a very gentle yet powerful technique designed to ensure that the mother’s pelvis is well aligned and that the muscles and ligaments that surround the pelvis and womb are under normal tension.

Treating Polly

Our Chiropractor Polly had regular treatments with Lauren & Brodie at Chiropractic By Hand during her pregnancy and kept active throughout. She found a huge benefit from regular treatments and stayed mainly pain free and mobile throughout the pregnancy! She has now had beautiful baby JJ and is on maternity leave loving every minute with him!

References

British Chiropractic Association https://chiropractic-uk.co.uk/

ICPA website: https://icpa-research.s3.amazonaws.com/webster_technique_definition.pdf