Pregnancy is a magical experience, but it can also be an uncomfortable one for mothers-to-be. Properly-used prenatal massage and chiropractic techniques can provide safe, drug-free relief from pregnancy-related aches and pains.
Massage is proven to relieve stress. When you give yourself a prenatal massage, you boost your health and help your baby kick-start development.
Cutting-edge research has shown that massage therapy relieves stress, helps relieve pregnancy symptoms, improves blood flow to the baby, and even strengthens the bond between mother and baby. Get in touch with us today to book your first prenatal massage! 770-439-7765
The Benefits of Prenatal Massage
Prenatal massage has long been recognized for its ability to promote relaxation and healing by improving circulation and reducing pain. Research shows that pregnant women who are massaged have faster and easier labor and delivery and shorter hospital stays.
Prenatal massage can benefit mothers-to-be in numerous ways, including:
Many pregnant women complain of aching backs, throbbing heads, and agitated nerves. Massage can fight off discomfort and stress by releasing muscle tension and encouraging the body to release natural painkilling chemicals like endorphins.
The beginning of a pregnancy is a very exciting time for most women. However, it can also be stressful. Prenatal massage increases the blood flow to the uterus, which will reduce stress and anxiety associated with pregnancy.
During the later stage of pregnancy, many women experience disrupted sleep. Prenatal massage therapy reduces stress and discomfort during pregnancy, which promotes better quality sleep for mothers-to-be.
Studies show that women who practice prenatal massage may have higher levels of dopamine and serotonin, which play a significant role in maintaining mood balance.
Better for Baby’s Health
There’s a direct correlation between the health of the mother and the health of her child. By making your body healthier, you’ll have improved chances to carry a healthy baby.
Several studies suggest that prenatal massage can help pregnant women be healthier and prevent complications that cause preterm labor and low birth weight.
Decreased Swelling and Edema
Soreness and swelling of the ankles and fingers are common during pregnancy. It can be caused by fluid retention, which is a typical side effect experienced by pregnant women. With consistent massaging of soft tissues, you can avoid the uncomfortable accumulation of fluid and support your lymphatic system.
Pregnancy Chiropractic Care
Massage isn’t the only type of hands-on therapy that can benefit mothers-to-be. Prenatal chiropractic care can be another fantastic resource for pregnant women. As the body changes in preparation for birth, misalignments in the spine and pelvis can cause plenty of discomforts. All of the ligaments that support the uterus connect to the pelvis. Taking steps to correct misalignments in the pelvic region reduces the chance of unnecessary uterine tension impacting the unborn child, decreases the mother’s pain, ensures the proper movement of her pelvis, and helps to prep her body for labor. Perhaps that’s why women who receive pregnancy chiropractic care report shorter, easier deliveries and experience fewer breech births.
Benefits of Prenatal Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care during pregnancy is vital to the health of the baby and mother. Prenatal chiropractic care will benefit both mother and baby and help strengthen your joints and spinal cord. Read the following for more information about how prenatal chiropractic care can help you have an easier delivery.
Relief from Back Pain
During pregnancy, the body releases a hormone called relaxin that loosens the ligaments and joints in your pelvis. The looser the ligaments become, the more unstable your spine will be and the greater your chances of experiencing pain. Prenatal chiropractic care can help alleviate pain from pregnancy-related joint laxity.
Pain from pregnancy can be caused by postural problems that occur due to a heavier belly. The growing fetus can cause the mother’s back to curve, throwing the spine out of alignment and triggering back pain. Prenatal chiropractic adjustments can help correct your spinal curvature and posture to keep back pain at bay.
Optimal Baby Positioning
A baby that is not coming out head first is known to be in breech position. If your baby is not in the head-first position, it can lead to complications during childbirth, such as cord prolapse or C-section delivery.
Chiropractic care can help you maintain a healthy pelvic balance so your baby has enough room to move head-first into the correct delivery position freely.
Schedule regular prenatal chiropractic adjustments to avoid breech presentation and benefit from optimal positioning during the last trimester of pregnancy.
One of the most common pregnancy symptoms is nausea or morning sickness and can be highly uncomfortable and difficult to endure during your first trimester. If you’re experiencing pregnancy nausea, or vomiting, you might consider looking into the services of a professional chiropractor.
Chiropractic care can help reduce nausea and vomiting by realigning your spine and improving overall nervous system function. Your hormones will consequently achieve a healthier balance, which will help to eliminate or lessen the severity of morning sickness.
Comprehensive chiropractic care can also help reduce nausea by resolving digestive issues such as heartburn and constipation.
Easier Labor and Delivery
Regular adjustments throughout your pregnancy can help ensure a comfortable delivery by properly aligning your pelvis, spine, and hips. During normal labor and delivery, your nerves are responsible for contracting your uterus and dilating your cervix. Optimal nerve health can help you have an easier, quicker, and less painful birth.
In most cases, chiropractic care during pregnancy can make it easier to have a natural childbirth.
Healthier Overall Pregnancy
A goal of chiropractic care is to remove nerve obstructions that may be preventing your immune system from functioning at optimal levels. If your immune system is strong, it will help ensure that your baby’s immune system will be strong too.
Chiropractic care can improve overall health for both you and your baby and may reduce some unwanted symptoms.
Cornerstone Chiropractic in Hiram offers prenatal chiropractic care to help you experience a low-risk, safe pregnancy. Give us a call at 770-439-7765 or schedule an appointment on our website!
Frequently Asked Questions About Prenatal Chiropractic and Massage
Is prenatal Chiropractic Care and Massage Safe?
Yes, getting help from an experienced chiropractor at Cornerstone Chiropractic is safe for both mother and child. Our tables also allow for more comfortable adjustments to accommodate a woman’s changing body.
All of our chiropractic adjustments and medical massages are gentle and completely safe. Our goal is to provide supportive, holistic care to benefit the mother and baby through each phase of the pregnancy.
Is Prenatal Massage Safe to Begin at Any Time During Pregnancy?
According to the American Pregnancy Association, women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy, including during the first, second, or third trimester.
How Does Chiropractic Care Help With Natural Childbirth?
If your birth plan doesn’t include medication and other interventions, then prenatal chiropractic care can help you prepare your body for natural childbirth.
If the baby is in the breech position for birth, it will often lead to a C-section intervention. Prenatal chiropractic adjustments may gently stimulate the baby to get them back in the proper position for birth. These techniques support the correct alignment of the pelvis and spine, reducing discomfort and pain in most patients.
I Am Trying to Conceive, Can Chiropractic Care Help Me With Fertility?
Recent research indicates that women can help improve their chances of having a baby by being treated by a chiropractor. Plus, complementary care such as nutritional counseling and lifestyle counseling also supports a healthy body.
Adjusting the top bone in the spine (called the atlas) may also increase the likelihood of conception. When your atlas is appropriately adjusted, the flow of blood to the brain is not impeded. Since chiropractic adjustments can benefit both the body’s nervous system and other systems, the result is better organ function.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help After Child Birth?
As a woman makes a journey through pregnancy and into motherhood, her body experiences many physical changes. Many women experience digestive, pelvic, and muscular health complications after childbirth.
Our chiropractic services continue to support a woman’s health after giving birth by providing proper spinal alignment and balanced nutrition.
From the moment of birth, your baby’s nervous system is developing. Research shows that gentle pediatric chiropractic care can support a baby’s health as well. Getting your baby assessed by our Hiram chiropractor is a great idea.
Make An Appointment For Prenatal Massage and Chiropractic
Cornerstone Chiropractic offers therapies for pregnant women that focus on naturally preventing and treating prenatal health problems. Our entire team is dedicated to helping you and your family reach your health goals through preventive, educational, and rehabilitative methods. We want you to feel good, live well, and be happy!
Fill out our easy online contact form or give us a call to schedule a prenatal massage in Hiram or to schedule chiropractic care. 770-456-7765