Pregnancy & Chiropractic

Lawrence, KS | Midwest Muscle & Joint Clinic

A woman’s body goes through many changes during pregnancy in an effort to accommodate the growing baby. All of these changes can be physically demanding and painful for a mother. Some of these changes can commonly cause back pain, pelvic pain, sciatica, headaches and much more. Dr. Kelsey utilizes gentle techniques that decrease pain and pressure by balancing pelvic muscles, ligaments, and joints.

Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy not only helps the mother’s body to better adapt to all of the physical changes that happen as the baby grows but also helps the baby to move and grow! Tight muscles and ligaments can limit the baby’s growing space in the womb. Gently releasing any tight muscles and ligaments, allowing the mother her full range of motion, helps to give the baby plenty of space to grow. Prenatal chiropractic care may include chiropractic adjustments, manual therapies, and therapeutic exercise with the ultimate goal of restoring normal joint mobility and reducing muscle and ligamentous tension.  Research shows that almost 75% of pregnant women undergoing chiropractic care report significant pain reduction and clinically significant improvements in disability. 

Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy has been shown to decrease discomfort, decrease labor time, and improve the overall labor experience. If the joints, ligaments, and muscles of the body are working and moving as they need to move, then the body is able to do it’s thing during labor and delivery as it was intended to do. No matter what your birth plan looks like, prenatal chiropractic care can help both mom and baby adapt and function at their best!

Common conditions during pregnancy that chiropractic care can help relieve:

REMEMBER: just because something is common does NOT mean that it is normal! Don’t put up with pain because it seems to be a common condition. See how your chiropractor can help!

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