Studies show that half of all pregnant women develop low back pain during their pregnancies. The reasons are fairly self-evident: a displaced center of gravity, fluid retention, weight gain, ligamentous laxity caused by a special pregnancy hormone called relaxin, sleeping on her back, not remaining active enough, and altered biomechanics.
Chiropractic has been shown to be safe and effective in reducing low back pain during pregnancy. One collaborative chiropractic and medical survey revealed that 75% of pregnant women found relief through chiropractic, even though the baby was still causing pressure on their spines and nerves.
The Mayo Clinic encourages pregnant women to consider chiropractic.
Dr. Johnson specializes in the gentle Activator Methods technique of chiropractic adjusting. This instrument-assisted technique does not require the pregnant woman to contort her body or assume uncomfortable positions. The instrument does all the work, ensuring the comfort of the mother and the safety of the baby. Some women ask, "Do I have to lay face down on the table? Is that all right for the baby?" The Activator Methods analysis is most accurate when the patient lies face down, so that is our preference. Dr. Johnson uses a special pillow to maximize the mother's comfort and relieve any pressure from her belly. This analysis and technique are safe for the baby.
Dr. Johnson is also certified in the Webster technique, which has gained recognition as a highly effective technique for pregnant women and their babies as they prepare for childbirth.
Many women wonder whether they should continue an exercise regimen while pregnant, or if they ought to begin a exercise program. The answer to both questions is "YES!" Exercise, especially during the second half of the pregnancy, has been shown to significantly reduce the intensity of back pain. Also, women who do not regularly exercise are less likely to have a normal vaginal delivery.
Women who already have an established exercise regimen, in most cases, should continue the same regimen. Pay close attention to warning signs such as dizziness, balance issues, shortness of breath, etc. Do not increase the intensity of the exercise regimen. Women who have not previously had an exercise regimen are encouraged to perform mild to moderate exercise sessions, three or more times per week. Contact sports, scuba diving, high-altitude activities, and intense workout sessions are not recommended.
Unless otherwise attributed, all content is written by Kyle Johnson, DC, of Johnson Family Chiropractic of Peoria.
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If you have any questions regarding your condition, you should seek the help of Dr. Johnson in person, so that he may properly assess your condition.
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