Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in Chiropractic care during pregnancy. Helping women throughout their pregnancies is right up at the top of our list of favorite things to treat.  Second only to seeing the babies after the pregnancy is over of course.   The reason we love to treat pregnant women so much is that it is incredibly helpful with some common pregnancy discomfort AND it is extremely safe!

If you’re here, you’re probably experiencing some discomfort with your pregnancy….or more likely,  A LOT of discomfort

If you’re here, you’re probably experiencing some discomfort with your pregnancy….or more likely,  A LOT of discomfort.  Sure there are some moms who fall into this tiny minority of pregnant women, who have these angelic pregnancies where everything is perfect, they feel great the whole time and have tons of energy to boot.  But for most of us, that’s just not the case.  We know that pregnancy is wonderful and this should be such an incredible time.  I mean many of us wished and prayed that it would get here as soon as possible.  We know what we want this experience to feel like but when we’re being honest…its not meeting that expectation.  There’s fatigue and nausea to dodge or work through in the first trimester, low back aches and pelvic pain settle in throughout the second, and heart burn, carpal tunnel, headaches, fatigue (due to not being able to sleep through the night EVER), and of course the constant need to pee all in the third.

By the time most women find us, they are so upset to have only found us on their second or third pregnancy.  They missed out on feeling this good during their first one or first several pregnancies.

In addition to being the incredibly warrior that you are and managing to just get through each day in spite of all of these you still can’t turn to any vices to make you feel better.  I’m of course talking about the insanely long list of pregnancy DON’Ts.  No alcohol, no sushi, no soft cheeses, be careful to eat to much chocolate or anything sweet for risk of gestational diabetes, and be sure to make well balanced home cooked meals to avoid the sodium content in prepackaged foods so you don’t make your swelling worse.  Don’t take anything over the counter without consulting you doctor, don’t sit too much, make sure you get up and move, but make sure you’re not moving too much, you know that you can’t be lifting right now.  The DON’Ts list is the main reason so many of us suffer throughout the whole pregnancy and don’t even realize there are safe and effective treatments that provide relief.  Chiropractic care is not on the DON’Ts list.  It is actually endorsed by the American Pregnancy Association (http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/chiropractic-care-during-pregnancy/).  Additionally, most of the pregnant women we see at Family First Chiropractic Center were actually referred by their Obstetrician or Family Practice doctor.  That’s how safe it is.  Feel free to check out our many links below with good medical research on chirorpactor care during pregnancy.  Let me tell you, that unicorn, angelic pregnancy we talked about above.  It’s real.  It exists.  and it could exist for you too.


**Chiropractic Care has been shown to**

**REDUCE LABOR AND DELIVERY TIMES by up to 1/3rd**


The Science Behind it All

A Chiropractor ‘s role is to detect and correct spinal and pelvic misalignments (subluxations), within the joints. When the spine or the pelvis is misaligned, an imbalance is created in surrounding muscles and ligaments.  Chiropractic adjustments work to correct these misalignments in the spine and pelvis and restore balance to the surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The ‘Webster Technique’ was developed by Dr. Larry Webster as a specific type of adjustment designed to correct these imbalances during pregnancy in a very effective and very safe way.

Pelvic and spinal misalignments may cause the tightening and torsion of specific pelvic muscles and ligaments.  It is these tense muscles and ligaments and their aberrant effect on the uterus which may prevent the baby from comfortably assuming the best possible position for birth.

Not only do these misalignments cause imbalance in the muscles and ligaments, but they can also contribute to dystocia (difficult labor). Dystocia has three major causes: inadequate uterine function, pelvic contractions and mal-presentation of the baby. The correction of spinal and pelvis misalignments may have a positive effect on all of these causes.

If you’re looking for an office that doesn’t just happen to treat pregnant patients but truly specializes in prenatal care then Family First Chiropractic Center is the office for you.

Why Choose Family First Chiropractic Center for Your Care

Chiropractic care for pregnant women is something that I am very passionate about. After completing my Bachelors degree and then my 5 year Chiropractic degree program I immediately sought out additional classes in the specific care of the pregnant woman.  I am fully certified in the practice of the Webster Technique and have been since 2011, before my practice was even open.  If you’re looking for an office that doesn’t just happen to treat pregnant patients but truly specializes in prenatal care then Family First Chiropractic Center is here for you.  Pregnancy is one of the most incredible journeys that our bodies can undertake.  It is a beautiful and incredible time in a woman’s life.  After all you are actively growing a human being!!  During this time the body goes through so many changes that it is easy to loose sight of how truly incredible this is.  My goal is to help you enjoy your pregnancy again.  That’s right…enjoy!  Not just get through… or worse yet suffer through.  But truly enjoy, and without any fear of side effects for you or your baby.

The Webster Technique and its effect on Breech Positioning

So this is the part where you ask the million-dollar question: Can a chiropractor turn my breech baby? The answer is: No, a chiropractor cannot turn your breech baby BUT a chiropractor can adjust your pelvis so that it is in optimal alignment and reduce strain on the ligaments that help to keep your pelvis aligned. Proper alignment removes torsion of the uterus.  If the uterus is under torsion it can be very uncomfortable for your little one to turn into the optimal head down, occiput anterior position.  Once the torsion is removed they are much more comfortable doing so and often change position later on the same day of your adjustment.

Proper alignment of the pelvis means there’s no torsion of the uterus and when there’s no torsion on the uterus the fetus has the best conditions to turn him or herself from the breech position to the head down position.

What will we be working on in order to create this balance?

I’m the kind of person who likes to know what to expect before I go anywhere, so let me just give you the basic run down of the Webster Technique.

The Webster Technique balances out specific ligaments and joints that control how your pelvis moves.  As the relaxin is starting to really take effect in your body, everything will get more flexible.  This happens because all of the joints in the lower back and pelvis need to be able to stretch out in order to bring this baby into the world.  The pelvis only has 3 joints that control its movement.  There are two sacroiliac (SI) joints along the back on either side of the sacrum and one pubic symphysis (symphysis pubis) joint along the front.

If one of the two SI joints is locked it will be unable to stretch out the same amount as the side that is moving properly. And as the relaxin takes effect it will create substantial torque on the overall shape of the pelvic bowl.  In other words it will be shaped more like a crooked oval or a parallelogram than a symmetrical oval that is comfortable for your baby. That’s why its so important, especially towards the end of pregnancy, to balance out the joints in the pelvis and make sure they’re all moving equally well.

Now the SI joints are not the only culprits for creating tension or torque on the uterus.  There are also two sets of ligaments that anchor the sacrum to the bottom of the pelvis on either side.  These are the sacrotuberous and sacrospinous ligaments and they can create a similar situation to what is described above.  It is quite often that I find if one of the SI joints is restricted or not moving properly that one set of the sacrotuberous/sacrospinous ligaments is tight as well.

The last place we will be alleviating tension is along the front of the pelvis and this ligament actually attaches to the uterus itself!  Don’t worry though, we are NOT moving the uterus!  I am of course talking about the round ligaments.  You’re probably already pretty familiar with these.  Especially if this is your second go around the pregnancy wheel, as these can often be a culprit of lower abdominal pain throughout your pregnancy.  For those of you who fall into this category you will especially LOVE having these worked on.  Just like with the SI joints and the sacrotuberous ligaments above, there are TWO of the round ligaments on either side of the uterus/pelvis.  So again, we’re going for balance here.  If one side is tight and not the other than it can quite literally pull on one side of the uterus.  Not too comfortable for the little one inside.  Through my education and my years of clinical practice I have become very experienced at locating exactly where I need to work on the round ligament that is tight and am very skilled at applying just the right amount of gentle pressure to allow this ligament to fully relax like its partner on the other side.  Don’t try this one at home.  It is very safe when performed by skilled hands but it is not something to try on your own like other home fetal positioning stretches.

This last image is a fantastic depiction that shows how pregnancy can change the posture of the body and why chiropractic is so important when your body is changing so quickly.

Number 6 on the diagram shows the big culprit: the change in the lower back curve. This change is necessary to support the growing belly in the front but it can cause some unpleasant pain in the lower back, legs, feet, stress on the upper back, sciatica and more. Regular chiropractic visits help to keep your shifting postures in good alignment and helps to battle pain.

Give us a call today if you are experiencing any unwanted discomfort throughout your pregnancy.  With our help you’ll be back to enjoying every minute of pregnancy in no time!

Medical Research on Prenatal Chiropractic Care:

A little more information on the Webster Technique itself:
http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/webster-technique-defined.html

Best article that I could find that speaks to the safety of chiropractic care during pregnancy:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2647084/

American Pregnancy Associations review of the literature on chiropractic care during pregnancy reported no known contraindications to chiropractic care during pregnancy:
http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/chiropractic-care-during-pregnancy/

2 different Case Series’ involving 6 patients each:
http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/the-webster-in-utero-constraint-technique-a-case-series.html
http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/application-of-the-webster-in-utero-constraint-technique-a-case-series.html

Retrospective Survey of Webster Certified Chiropractors and their records of patients with some form of initial breech presentation and their outcomes after treatment:
http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/the-webster-technique-a-chiropractic-technique.html

Retrospective analysis of 30 patients in a single chiropractic office and their response to the Webster Technique
http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/patients-with-malposition-and-malpresentation-pregnancies-cared-for-with-the-webster-technique-a-retrospective-analysis.html

Retrospective Survey involving 81 patients over many chiropractic offices presenting with some form or breech presentation and showing their outcomes when treated with the Webster Technique:
http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/the-webster-technique-results-from-a-chiropractic-practice-based-research-program.html

Single Case Study:
http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/webster-technique-resolves-transverse-breech-baby.html