Fort Worth Chiropractor
NorthStar Chiropractic
HOME   |  CONTACT
7630 N Beach St, Fort Worth, TX
817-281-5556

Pregnancy and Chiropractic

 Home  Chiropractic Conditions  Pregnancy
PREGNANCY AND CHIROPRACTIC    

CHIROPRACTIC TRAINING

Your chiropractor has at least 6 years of professional training in the sciences and health care, including prenatal care, leading to a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree. He or she works to maintain your health and guides you in a personalized approach to wellness during and after the pregnancy.

WHAT CAUSES BACK AND LEG PAIN DURING PREGNANCY ?

During pregnancy, the increasing weight and size of the baby put stress on the spine's three natural curves. As a result, changes in posture occur and that can cause pain in your back or legs.

INCREASED STRESS ON YOUR SPINE

As your baby grows, you carry more and more weight in front of you. This stretches your abdominal muscles. When you stand, the baby pulls down on the thoracic curve (middle back) and forward on the lumbar curve (lower back). The larger the baby grows, the more exaggerated these curves become. This puts pressure on the joints in the spine. It may also put pressure on the nerves, causing pain. The sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower spine down the legs, can also be come irritated, causing pain in your legs. At the same time, joints in the pelvis loosen. This helps prepare you for delivery, but it can also irritate nerves in the spine.

 

HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC HELP ?

Chiropractic care is a natural way to treat back pain during and after pregnancy. Your doctor of chiropractic is specially trained to determine the best treatment for you own needs.

HISTORY AND PHYSICAL EXAM

You and your chiropractor will discuss your symptoms, if any, and your lifestyle. Gentle physical, orthopedic (bone and muscle), and neurological (nerve) tests help reveal the condition of your spine. Gently pressing on the spine helps check for tenderness, pain, swelling, and restricted range of motion. These tests are safe for the baby and the pregnant mother.

SPINAL ADJUSTMENTS

Special chiropractic methods, called adjustments, can help relieve your back and leg pain. Adjustments cause no harm to the baby and are safe up until delivery. During an adjustment, your chiropractor gently presses on the joints in the spine. This relieves pressure on nerves and restores motion and alignment.

RELATED TREATMENT

Your chiropractor may suggest other types of treatment to improve your posture and relieve your back or leg pain. These may include ice or heat, massage, or gentle stretching exercises. Your chiropractor will discuss these with you.

 Back to Chiropractic Conditions


MORE ON PREGNANCY

Posture and Exercises - What you can do to ease back and leg pain.

Home | About | Conditions | Patient Testimonials | Office Hours | Job Opportunities | Site Map | Contact
Copyright © 2005 www.northstarchiro.com - NorthStar Chiropractic, Fort Worth. All Rights Reserved.