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What is Prenatal Chiropractic Care?

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What is Prenatal Chiropractic Care?

Although acetaminophen treats mild to moderate pain, it's not always effective and has unwanted side effects. Many treatments on the market for pain and discomfort are dangerous to a woman's unborn baby. Chiropractic remains a natural remedy for pain relief during pregnancy and consists of various techniques that can be used to promote a happy and healthy pregnancy.

About Prenatal Chiropractic Care

Pregnancy stresses the spine and visiting a chiropractor for prenatal chiropractic care can help pregnant women who are suffering from this issue. Generally, these pains become worse the further along the pregnancy is because the uterus becomes heavier as the pregnancy continues. During pregnancy, your back works harder to support and balance out your extra weight.

Sciatica is one cause of back pain during pregnancy. It often occurs during the first trimester when changes in hormones results in more flexible joint tissue. A subluxated lumbar vertebra puts pressure on the sciatic nerve.  With treatment, it can subside. Sometimes it can return during the third trimester as a result of pressure that the baby places on the sciatic nerve. Pregnant women who have sciatica may experience numbness, pain or tingling that radiates from the lower back clear to the toes in some cases.

Prenatal Chiropractic Care Treatments

A chiropractic alignment is safe during pregnancy. An alignment has the potential to take pressure off of the muscles and nerves in the back including the sciatic nerve. The treatment consists of an Omaha, NE chiropractor realigning the spine using manual manipulation.

Massage therapy benefits prenatal patients in various ways. For one, massage therapy has the potential to reduce stress on the muscles in the back. It has the potential to help a pregnant woman relax, which has the potential to promote a healthy pregnancy. In addition to chiropractic care, the massage reduces the prevalence of headaches and migraines that may occur as a result of pregnancy. Additionally, massage therapy promotes a better night sleep, which is vital for energy during pregnancy.

An Omaha chiropractor can help you obtain the proper nutrition during pregnancy. This healthcare professional will evaluate your current diet and determine any possible deficiencies, as determined by the nutritional requirement for pregnant women. If necessary, your chiropractor prescribes prenatal vitamins to ensure the woman and her child gets the nutrition they need.

Make an Appointment for Prenatal Chiropractic Care

During a prenatal chiropractic care appointment, our chiropractor will suggest on ways to reduce pain such as by wearing the proper, supportive shoes and elevating feet. Also counseling on proper sleep, sitting and bending posture will be suggested. 

Make an appointment with our Omaha chiropractor today for pregnancy back pain and other prenatal care services.