Welcoming a new addition to the family is a wonderful thing — but it isn’t without its concerns, including the health and comfort of the expectant mother. If you are the expectant mother in question, you’ll want to do everything you can to relieve prenatal aches, pains and health challenges as safely and effectively as possible. That’s why it makes sense to turn to Islands Chiropractic & Massage for gentle, drug-free prenatal chiropractic care that can help both you and your new arrival experience the healthiest possible nine months.
Pregnancy and the Musculoskeletal System
It’s no secret that a woman’s body changes in some dramatic ways during the three trimesters of pregnancy. The most apparent change is enlargement of the abdomen, which is accompanied by a weight gain of anywhere up to 35 pounds. these changes cause the spine to shift into more of a “swayback” orientation than usual, an abnormal weight distribution that can cause numerous aches and pains. It can also cause nerves and nerve roots to becomes impinged, interfering with the body’s internal communications and contributing to various kinds of systemic dysfunction.At the same time, production of a hormone called relaxin loosens the pelvic ligaments in preparation for birth, a condition that only adds to your musculoskeletal instability. All these upheavals may result in:
- Headaches and migraines
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Sciatica (leg symptoms from sciatic nerve impingement)
- Hormonal and mood swings
- Swelling of the hands and feet
A pre-existing spinal misalignment can not only aggravate these discomforts; they can also harm your unborn child. That’s because the fetus needs to be able to turn around in the womb from a head-upward position to a head-downward position for a normal, healthy birth. If your lower spinal column is out of alignment, this maneuver may not be possible — and you may be in need of a C-section.
Pain Relief and Wellness Support From Our Pregnancy Chiropractor in Gilbert
Our pregnancy chiropractor in Gilbert, Dr. Carlow, can help you minimize these issues. Our gentle spinal adjustments, which are perfectly safe for pregnant patients, can optimize your spinal alignment, take some of the stress off your muscles, and keep your nervous system in proper working order.
Studies have shown that prenatal chiropractic care significantly reduces pregnancy-related low back pain. Research also confirms that chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy can greatly reduce the intensity and frequency of migraines in pregnant women, especially when combined with other drug-free therapies such as the gentle massage therapy techniques we also offer. Last but definitely not least, chiropractic adjustments to normalize your sacral and pelvic alignment can clear the way for your baby to shift into the proper position for a normal, uncomplicated delivery.
Let Us Help You Through Your Pregnancy, Call Us Today!
Rely on the experts at Islands Chiropractic & Massage to help you experience an easier, healthier, more comfortable pregnancy. Call (480) 545-4580 to schedule prenatal chiropractic care!