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Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Why consider Chiropractic during pregnancy?

Every expecting woman knows how much her body changes during pregnancy. Hormonal and physical adaptations are often felt very early on and become more obvious further along the pregnancy. It is those changes that have an effect on the joints causing pregnancy related aches and pains.

For instance the hormone relaxin is released in high amounts during pregnancy and causes the joints to become lax in preparation for birth and as a result can cause back pain, pelvic or pubic symphysis pain. In the third trimester this is made worse by postural changes due to the protruding abdomen forcing the pelvis to tilt and increasing the curve in the low back. Therefore keeping muscles and joints functioning properly is very important for a healthy birth and allows for an active and pain-free pregnancy up until the end.

Is it safe to have Chiropractic treatment during pregnancy?

Being pregnant makes a mum-to-be especially aware and protective over her body, raising concern whether Chiropractic manipulation is safe for her and the unborn baby. Chiropractors with a special interest to provide care during pregnancy will complete additional courses to develop their knowledge and skills to treat prenatal musculoskeletal conditions. Hence, chiropractors will adjust their treatment bench to accommodate for the pregnant body shape and use treatment techniques where no pressure on the abdomen is needed. They will know which exercises are useful and safe during pregnancy. So it’s not just safe to see a chiropractor whilst pregnant but also beneficial!

So what exactly are the benefits of Chiropractic care during pregnancy?

The pelvis is like a basket that holds the baby and widens as it grows. Misalignments can restrict movement in the uterus and pelvis giving the baby less room to grow (intrauterine constraint). Chiropractic can reduce such intrauterine constraint increasing the chance for a natural and quick delivery.

The growing abdomen increases the stress onto the spine which can result in back or neck pain. Chiropractic can reduce aches and pains arising from those postural changes.

A very common pregnancy related condition is Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) which is characterised by pain in the front of the pelvis. This can be quite severe in some cases where walking and standing is very painful. SPD usually occurs in the last trimester but can last for several months after birth making it hard for some mums to cope with their newborn. Chiropractors can reduce the discomfort and provide safe exercises to reduce the symptoms.

Are you suffering from Pubic Symphysis pain? Here is one simple exercise which might help…

If you suffer from pubic symphysis pain there is a gentle exercise that can be easily done – even during the third trimester:

Sit in a comfortable chair with your knees in line with hips and ankles. Place your fist between both knees and make sure not to arch your back whilst  doing so. Now gently press your legs together squeezing your fist with both knees. Count to 10 and repeat 3x for at least 3 times a day.

If you would like to discuss any pregnancy related back, pelvic or neck pain with a chiropractor first, please call the clinic on 0208 661 1613 and Maria Schlott (Chiropractor) will be happy to discuss whether chiropractic treatment is suitable for your condition before booking an appointment.

 

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Chiropractic from the start: Treating babies early on

Chiropractic from the start: Treating babies early on

Recognising and dealing with birth trauma

After the struggles of birth every new mother and baby should be able to enjoy a restoring and harmonic time together. Nevertheless some babies will seem unsettled and are unable to get comfortable.

Cause for this could be birth trauma due a complicated or prolonged labour. This is frequently unrecognised with babies being classified as ‘cry-babies’ and consequences are often underestimated.

The qualified chiropractor will detect any underlying issues with a thorough examination. He can then treat the baby with soft neuromuscular techniques to allow a healthy development without any functional disturbances to the musculoskeletal system.

When do we talk about birth trauma and how can a mother possibly recognise it?

The baby’s body is under a lot of stress and enormous pressure during the natural birth process. Mechanical forces from contractions and the passing through the birth canal act on the skull bones, spine and nervous system. Overlapping of the skull bones is essential to prevent any excessive head deformities or damage to the nervous system. Moreover it creates healthy movement of the membranes lining the skull from the inside (cerebral membranes) and healthy circulation of the fluid inside the skull (cerebrospinal fluid).

Any interference or complication during birth can cause interruptions to these necessary processes; for instance medication, use of ventouse or forceps or a C-section.

Tight muscles, joints and fixations of the skull bones are the result which in return can have a mechanical or neurological impact on the rest of the musculoskeletal system.

Breastfeeding difficulties are one of the major effects of a traumatic birth. This is caused by joint dysfunctions in the cranium (skull), base of the skull (occiput) or the jaw. A poor latch for instance could be caused by compression of the relevant nerves or a fixation in the jaw.

Positional effects are common following a difficult birth. Such babies show one-sided head or body positioning and difficulties rotating the head to both sides equally which is caused by tight muscles or joints in the spine or pelvis. Mothers might notice the baby is only able feed or sleep in a certain position. Often they are not able to react to visual and audio stimuli from all sides.

Babies who can only lie on one side or turn their head to one side only will eventually develop an asymmetrical head shape. This flat-head-syndrome becomes visible a few weeks after birth and causes further restrictions in the skull – a vicious cycle that should be stopped as soon as possible to prevent permanent asymmetry.

Should you recognise any of these symptoms with your child, do not hesitate to call the clinic and speak to one of our qualified paediatric chiropractors for their advice and guidance.

Call 0208 661 1613 for further information or to book an appointment.

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