Weight gain and hormonal changes is normally seen during pregnancy because there are changes to the structural components of the body as it prepares for birth of the child. Expecting mothers may feel body aches and pains along with restricted ranges of motion due to these changes, therefore, alternative manual therapy with chiropractic, massage therapy and acupuncture has been shown to help women during this difficult time.
Chiropractic and Pregnancy
There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant.
Some chiropractors take a specific interest in prenatal and postnatal care and seek additional training. Chiropractors that have been trained to work with pregnant women may use tables that adjust for a pregnant woman’s body, and they will use techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen. A chiropractor who is trained in the needs of women who are pregnant will also provide you with exercises and stretches that are safe to use during pregnancy.
Acupuncture and Pregnancy
Acupuncture can help with several conditions with which some pregnant women may suffer. These include morning sickness, back pain, ligament pain, premature cervical ripening, preeclampsia (pregnancy-induced hypertension), fatigue, heartburn, constipation, and gestational diabetes.
Research shows that expectant mothers, who had cervical ripening or pre-birth acupuncture, have shorter labor times and better chances at delivering their babies naturally instead of by C-section. Acupuncture does this by preparing the cervix and pelvic wall muscles. Acupuncture opens hormone receptors and increases circulations to the reproductive organs as well as boosts energy by soothing digestion and improving sleep. It also calms fear and anxiety so you’re ready both physically and emotionally for the big day. Weekly treatment sessions of acupuncture usually begin at 37th week of pregnancy.
Massage Therapy and Pregnancy
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, one of which is called Swedish Massage, which aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. Swedish Massage is the recommended prenatal massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy.