West Omaha Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic - Pregnancy Chiropractic
Pregnancy causes many changes in a woman’s body and many of these are in the musculoskeletal system. Prenatal chiropractic care can provide relief from such problems as morning sickness and low back pain while helping prepare your body for an easier delivery. At West Omaha Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic, our Omaha chiropractor offers the full range of prenatal chiropractic care.
What is Prenatal Chiropractic?
With the exception of a few technique changes to prevent increased pressure on the abdomen, prenatal chiropractic care is essentially the same as regular chiropractic care. The goal of treatment is to relieve pain, promote optimum function, and restore wellness. However, the focus includes both mother and baby. For example, proper nutrition is vital during pregnancy. Adequate intake of protein, iron and specific vitamins like folate help ensure health and prevent birth defects.
Body Changes with Pregnancy
Fatigue and morning sickness are the most noticeable symptoms of early pregnancy. By the second trimester, the curve in the lumbar spine increases. Pelvic ligaments start to soften and most women lean backward when walking to counteract the increased size of the abdomen. These shifts in alignment and position can put pressure on the back, pelvis, knees, ankles, and feet. Finding a comfortable sleeping position becomes more difficult. These changes affect the nerves that run off the spine and can cause symptoms like heartburn or fatigue or make such symptoms worse.
Benefits of Prenatal Chiropractic Care
Pain relief for problems like back pain is one of the most notable benefits that most expectant mothers report. Adjustments and massage are drug-free interventions with little to no risk. Other therapies like acupuncture can help relieve or lessen pregnancy-induced nausea. Nutritional counseling helps ensure that the body is properly fueled and that the developing fetus receives all the right nutrients for optimum development. Stretches and exercises help a woman prepare for delivery.
Keeping both mother and baby safe is the bottom line in prenatal management. Chiropractic care has no contraindications during pregnancy and there is no risk to either mother or child. Nor is there any risk of medication side effects. Keeping the pelvis and spine in correct alignment helps make delivery easier and decreases the risk of a breech (feet first) birth. Untreated spine or joint issues can cause chronic problems, so the earlier treatment is initiated, the better.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
No matter where you are in your pregnancy, West Omaha Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic is ready to help manage uncomfortable symptoms and promote better health. Your Omaha chiropractor is located at 2639 159th Plaza in Omaha, NA. Please contact us at 402-334-4700 to schedule an appointment. We offer extended and Saturday hours for your convenience.