Chiropractic care can start as early as immediately following
birth, however, your child will benefit from chiropractic care at
any age. According to the International Chiropractic Pediatric
Association, pediatric patients can be helped with a host of
problems, including ADD, ear infections, coordination
problems, headaches, general wellness, autism, sleeping
problems, colic, food allergies, asthma, and other acute and
chronic conditions children face during childhood.
Studies show that 84% of expectant women receiving chiropractic manipulation reported relief of back pain during
pregnancy. There are no known contraindications to chiropractic spinal and pelvic adjustments throughout pregnancy,
other than those affecting any non-pregnant individual.
- Balances the pelvis, ligaments and muscles for a easier pregnancy
- Decreases the pull on the ligaments attaching to the uterus
- Pelvic balance gives baby more room to grow without restrictions
- Offers baby room to move into the best possible position for birth.
Back pain during pregnancy and labor. Diakaw PR, et al. Journal of
Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics, 1991: 14(2): 116-118
The pelvis is shaped like a bowl with the sacrum (tailbone) at the back. All the
organs sit in the middle and connect to the pelvic bones via ligaments. There
are two main ligaments to know during pregnancy: the round ligament and the
The round ligament connects the front uterus to the groin. This ligament
grows and stretches throughout pregnancy and prevents the uterus from
moving backwards in the pelvic bowl. Round ligament pain is common as one
side stretches and is strained more than another. Helpful hint: Rubbing your
round ligaments throughout the day can help decrease discomfort.
The utero-sacral ligament connects the sides of the uterus to the sacrum.
These ligaments prevent the uterus from moving forward and down.
Luckily there is something that can help decrease the torque and tension of the pelvis and reestablish
balance to the ligaments, bones, and muscles of the pelvis. Webster Technique, discovered over 30 years ago
by Dr. Larry Webster, DC, is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment of the pelvis that is predominantly
used on pregnant women. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral misalignment. In doing so,
neurological and biomechanical function in the sacral/pelvic region are improved, decreasing pain and giving mom
and baby a better outcome.
Chiropractic Benefits for Mom and Baby During Pregnancy
Getting to Know Your Anatomy
Sacral Misalignment - What it Means to You
As your body changes, the joints in your pelvis are likely to change as well. Sometimes the (a) sacrum moves
backwards on one side, causing it to (b) pull on the utero-sacral ligament on that specific side, which then (c) pulls on
the uterus. This creates a torque in the uterus, causing discomfort and may affect the amount of room the baby has to
grow. Because there is a pull on the back side of the uterus, (d) the opposite round ligament on the front becomes
strained and can create pain.
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