Chiropractic for Pregnancy?
While pregnant, a woman’s body is undergoing many different and unique changes to accommodate for the growing baby. As the baby's size increases, the mother’s center of gravity shifts to the front of her pelvis, resulting in added stress and discomfort to her lower back and various joints associated with the pelvis which include the Sacroiliac Joint(SI Joint) and Pubic Symphysis. Around the 2nd Trimester of pregnancy, resulting from the associated weight gain, the curvature of the lower spine (lordotic curve) can increase to the point of causing serious impact on the vertebral joints, the sacrum, and the hip joints, which is why pregnancy around this time can become very uncomfortable.
The nerves that travel to all other parts of the body have their origin in the spine. When the spine is compressed, these nerves can become irritated causing the pain to radiate to other areas of your body. Sciatica is a common condition brought on by pregnancy, which is nerve pain that radiates from the lower back to the buttocks, and sometimes down the entire leg.
Dr. Heather Valinsky, with Nurture Family Chiropractic in Simi Valley and Los Angeles, provides safe and effective personalized care throughout your pregnancy, as well as throughout the postpartum period. A thorough examination will determine the best-personlized treatment to address your discomfort and prepare your body for the entire pregnancy to childbirth. Dr. Valinsky utilizes specialized adjustment methods (Webster Technique) to improve your comfort during pregnancy. These treatments may reduce/eliminate the need for pain medications throughout the delivery and is known to help reduce labor time. Many of Dr. Valinskys patients that receive care throughout their entire pregnancy report much easier birth outcomes. Follow up treatments can assist in realigning the body after the pregnancy and speed up the transition to a healthy post-pregnancy body. Part of postpartum care is to address the pain and discomfort associated with caring for your newborn. For example, breastfeeding, carrying your baby on your front or back and bending and lifting.
WHAT IS THE WEBSTER TECHNIQUE?
The Webster Technique has become a familiar term in the pregnancy and birth conversation. Families are seeking out chiropractors who are proficient in this technique as a way to support a more comfortable, safer, and easier birth.
The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction. In doing so, neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is facilitated. Sacral subluxation may contribute to difficult labor for the mother (i.e., dystocia), caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby mal-presentation. Correction of sacral subluxation may have a positive effect on all of these causes of dystocia.
Chiropractic care in pregnancy is vital to the normal physiological function of both the mother and baby throughout pregnancy and birth. More women and birth providers are discovering the many benefits associated with chiropractic care in pregnancy and recognize this area of expertise through Webster Certification.
Dr. Heather Valinsky received education above and beyond the scope of Chiropractic receiving Specialized training and certification through the ICPA Certification Program, which is 200 hours of education focusing on adjusting techniques, evaluation, and assessment of different stages of development: from pregnancy, birth, infancy throughout childhood, to provide you the best possible care and outcomes for you and your baby.
BREECH BABY CARE
Chiropractors don’t physically turn breech babies but utilize the Webster Technique to help facilitate the baby's ability to turn into the proper presentation for birth by correcting the misalignment of the hips and sacrum that are rotated putting torsion on the uterus. Once the sacrum and hips are in the correct position, removing the torsion on the uterus creating more space for your baby to turn naturally.
If you are interested in receiving more information regarding how Specialized Chiropractic Care can help you with your pregnancy, feel free to contact our team at Nurture Family Chiropractic in Simi Valley or Los Angeles today. We look forward to helping you through your pregnancy.