Chiropractic and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a normal process, but one which puts additional loads on the mother’s spine. Both biomechanical and chemical changes have an effect on the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the body. Chiropractic can be an effective form of care to ease the discomfort.

Some of the changes that occur during the course of pregnancy:

  • release of the hormone relaxin causes muscle and ligament relaxation
    • allows joints to more easily misalign
  • increased weight gain
    • increased demand and fatigue on spinal and pelvic muscles
    • increased stress on spinal and pelvic ligaments
    • increase in lumbar and thoracic spinal curves which further increase the above
    • increased joint stress and thus occurrence of vertebral and sacroiliac joint misalignments
  • change in weight distribution
    • increased demand and fatigue on spinal and pelvic muscles
    • increased stress on spinal and pelvic ligaments
    • increase in lumbar and thoracic spinal curves which further increase the above
    • increased joint stress and thus occurrence of vertebral and sacroiliac joint misalignments

The above changes primarily affect the pelvic and spinal ligaments, muscles, joints and other supportive soft tissues. These changes cause sprain/strains of pelvic and spinal structures, as well as alteration of the normal spinal curvatures and spinal biomechanics. The result is an increased stress on the body leading to pain and discomfort.

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