In light of Mother’s Day, CASA would like to take this opportunity to provide some insight into how chiropractic care can benefit mothers and mothers-to-be. Motherhood is back-breaking work, after all.
Whether you’re lugging your 15-kilogram toddler around town on your hip, bending down a hundred times a day to pick up toys, or a follower of baby-wearing, you’re bound to feel the consequences sooner or later. Here’s how chiropractic can help to ease the strain.
Pregnancy is notorious for its aches and pains. Growing a tiny human is no small feat! According to a study conducted in Brazil on low-risk pregnant women, it is estimated that about 50% complain of some form of back pain at some point in pregnancy, particularly during the second and third trimesters, or during the post-partum period.
Aside from the additional weight gain that goes hand in hand with pregnancy, the main reason for back pain during this time is an emphasised back curve, a change in posture and centre of gravity, as well as pelvic transformation. Chiropractic care can help pregnant women to achieve better alignment and pelvic balance, ultimately relieving symptoms and reducing pain.
For pregnant women who have their heart set on a natural birth, there is also evidence to suggest that specific chiropractic methods may help to rotate a baby who is in the breech position (which occurs in 4% of all pregnancies). Often, the baby will remain upright due to the fact that a misaligned pelvis can make it challenging for him or her to get into the optimal birthing position.
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported in the July/August 2002 issue an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when doctors of chiropractic implemented the Webster Technique as early as the eighth month of pregnancy when babies presented as breech.
Chiropractic care can aid in speeding up recovery after birth, but it is also recommended as a long-term treatment for mothers regardless of the age of their children. After pregnancy, a woman’s body takes time to return to its original state. With motherhood also comes less time to relax and sleep that is in short supply. All of this can culminate in chronic back and neck pain. Chiropractic care can help to manage and prevent painful symptoms from occurring, giving mom her strength and power back.
This Mother’s Day, why not treat yourself to a chiropractic session to help get rid of those persistent aches and pains for good? Use our handy tool to find a chiropractor near you: https://membership.chiropractic.co.za/Public/Index#/findAChiropractor