Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a wonderful and exciting time in a woman’s life. But with pregnancy, comes a whole slough of physiological and hormonal changes. These changes can lead to symptoms such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, muscular imbalances, labored breathing, reflux, etc. The list goes on and on. Chiropractic is a safe, non-invasive form of healthcare that can be extremely beneficial to an expectant mother throughout her pregnancy. It is a conservative way to address common pregnancy related problems such as postural changes, ligament laxity and muscular imbalances; which are the main causes of the above-mentioned symptoms.

Our approach to treating pregnant women. 

Dr. Sarah is certified and proficient in Webster Technique, which is the primary technique used on pregnant women. Webster Technique is a specific, low-force chiropractic procedure that aims to balance and strengthen the pelvic floor musculature, stabilize the pelvic joints, and free fascial (connective tissue) restrictions to allow proper movement and positioning of the baby. The goal is to promote a natural, easier birthing process.

To learn more about Webster Technique visit:
http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/webster-technique-defined.html

 

Headaches associated with pregnancy:
During the first trimester of pregnancy, one might experience headaches. This is most often due to hormonal changes and the increased blood circulation throughout the body. These headaches can be aggravated by stress and poor posture.

An increase in headaches during the third trimester of pregnancy is likely due to postural changes, increased muscle tension, and increased stress on the joints.

This is a direct result of the increased weight the mother is now carrying.
Chiropractic care aims to improve posture and correct muscle imbalances, as well as promote proper joint function. Since most medications are off limits while pregnant, chiropractic care is the perfect solution in many cases.

After Pregnancy – Pediatrics Chiropractor Information:
Many people think chiropractic care is just for adult conditions such as back pain and headaches. What they don’t know is that children can greatly benefit from chiropractic care as well. I know what you are thinking; my child doesn’t have back pain, why would I bring them to a chiropractor? Well the answer is EVERYONE can benefit from chiropractic care.

QAPE IT

Question: Back pain, headaches, musculoskeletal pain, and hormonal changes are all common symptoms associated with pregnancy. By conducting an interview with an individual patient, the doctor can decipher where the problem areas are and how to help the new mom manage her pains.

Assess: Muscle and tissue restrictions are often a source of pain in pregnancy. Assessing ranges of motions and areas of restriction can aid the doctor is determining a treatment plan that will be effective.

Plan: To keep a pregnant woman feeling her best, chiropractors utilize adjustment techniques, stretching, exercises, and teaching proper sleep and posture positions. Plans typically call for more frequent treatment leading up to the patient’s due date. Webster Technique is the primary technique used for pregnant women.

Execute: The end goal for many pregnant patients to maximize quality of life leading up to their pregnancy and improve their odds of a natural birth. Once the baby is born, mom and baby often return for a follow up.

Need an Appointment in Clayton or Bridgeton?

Call us in Bridgeton 314-298-1400 or in Clayton 314-721-5390 to schedule your appointment.
Saturday appointments available upon request.

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