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Pregnancy can cause its share of discomfort due to the drastic changes that occur in a woman’s body. But chiropractic care including prenatal care massage, gentle spinal adjustment and the Webster technique can help enhance your health and comfort for a safer, healthier delivery.
Back pain and neck pain are both common symptoms among pregnant women. As you gain weight, your center of gravity shifts forward, putting tremendous strain on your spinal column, muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. This imbalance can lead to subluxations, alignment problems put pressure on your spinal cord and the major nerve branches directly attached to it. The resulting symptoms may include neck pain, lower back pain, sciatica and headaches.
Extra strain on your body may cause edema, or swelling from fluid buildup in your extremities, placing additional pressure on your tissues. The pregnant body is also subject to major alterations in hormone levels -- a necessary step for fetal development and in preparing the mother for birth, but also a cause of headaches, fatigue, mood changes, back pain and neck pain. Inflammatory substances can build up in the muscle tissues thanks to a combination of musculoskeletal imbalances and edema. Chiropractic prenatal adjustment can address many of these health issues and potential problems.
By gently adjusting your spine throughout your pregnancy, we can correct subluxations as they occur, preventing them from causing a cascade of problems over time. Our chiropractor, Dr. Viktoria Joga, is highly skilled and experienced in a form of pregnancy adjustment called the Webster technique. The Webster technique helps prevent cases of intrauterine constraint, an off-kilter pelvic alignment that can cause problems during delivery.
Traditional spinal adjustment may be recommended to correct any misalignments that might become more troublesome as your body starts to change. Spinal adjustment also improves nerve function throughout the body, boosting your overall wellness and preparing you for pregnancy by helping to relieve or even prevent back pain, neck pain, headaches and hormonal swings.
Massage therapy makes a sensible complement to spinal adjustment during pregnancy. Massage can help tremendously in relaxing tight muscles and boosting your circulation. This not only aids the adjustment process, but it also stimulates your circulatory function and immune response. We use gentle massage therapy techniques specifically intended for pregnant patients.
If you are pregnant, contact our West Los Angeles or Westchester office and speak to our chiropractor about a prenatal care treatment program. We want to help you welcome a happy, healthy new family member as easily as possible!