A human spine is made of 24 moveable bones called vertebra, the sacrum (tailbone), pelvis, and skull. Nerve impulses travel from the brain down the spinal cord and branch out into nerves that exit between the vertebra. When these vertebra become misaligned or are unable to move correctly they can irritate the nerves and interfere with the signals of the nervous system. This results in a condition called vertebral subluxation. The messages from the brain are slowed down and the life-energy carried by the nerves are unable to reach the organs and tissues at its full potential. A Doctor of Chiropractic aligns the vertebrae and pelvis through gentle adjustments to the spine, relieving the pressure on the nerves and allowing the full nerve energy to reach the tissues it supplies.
Chiropractic care prior to conception promotes a more regular menstrual cycle and optimal uterine function. It prepares the body to be strong, flexible and as balanced as possible to carry the pregnancy. Restoring proper nerve function to the reproductive organs has helped many couples who thought they were infertile conceive. Adjusting women throughout pregnancy is one of the most rewarding parts of our work, because a healthier pregnancy leads to easier labor and delivery and a better transition for the baby into life.
Now more than ever during pregnancy you need a nervous system that responds quickly and accurately to the changing demands of your body. Therefore you need a healthy spine! There are millions of hormonal changes and chemical reactions that take place in both in the mother and the developing baby, all of which are controlled and coordinated through the nervous system.
As the pregnant mother gains weight, especially in the abdomen, this exerts a downward and forward pull on the lower spine. The extra weight combined with changes in gait and her center of gravity can lead to backache and neck pain. Additionally, as labor approaches, her body secretes a hormone called relaxin, which loosens ligaments and this may aggravate the effects of an existing spinal or pelvis problem. The positioning of the baby and its movement as well as the expansion of the lower part of the ribcage to accommodate the growing baby can also create discomfort in the ribs and upper portion of the lower back. The pregnant mother's increasing breast size in preparation for lactation can also create upper back subluxations or misalignments.
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Utilizing The Webster Technique For A Healthy Pregnancy
Dr Shane T. Golday is certified in The Webster Technique.
Research suggests that chiropractic care may result in an easier pregnancy. This includes increased comfort during the third trimester, delivery and also the reduced need for analgesics (pain medication). In one study, women receiving chiropractic care through their first pregnancy had 24% reduction in labor times. Subjects giving birth for the second or third time reported 39% reduction in labor times. In another study, the need for analgesics was reduced by 50% in the patients who had received adjustments. In addition, 84% of women report relief of back pain during pregnancy with chiropractic care. When women receive chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy, the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis function better. As a result, there is significantly less likelihood of back labor (contractions and sharp pain felt in the lower back during labor). Chiropractic care has helped new mothers become more comfortable breastfeeding (posture-wise) as well as to produce more milk. Chiropractic care has also been shown to reduce the frequency of postpartum depression.
As pregnancy advances, some chiropractic techniques will need to be modified for the comfort of the pregnant mother. Your chiropractor is aware of this and will make the necessary changes. Special pregnancy pillows and tables with dropaway pelvic pieces are used to accommodate the growing belly. A chiropractor trained in the Webster Technique will address uterine constraint or mal-presentations and will check for misalignment of the pelvic bones, sacrum, vertebra and tightness of the ligaments that support the uterus and help hold the pelvis together.
Body position during delivery is essential. Any late second stage labor position that denies postural sacral rotation, denies the mother and the baby critical pelvic outlet diameter and moves the tip of the sacrum up to four centimeters into the pelvic outlet. Meaning that the popular semi-recumbent position that places the laboring woman on her back onto the apex of the sacrum closes off the space needed for the baby to get through the pelvic outlet. This delivery position is the number one reason why so many births are traumatic. Labor is stalled, the mom becomes tired and overwhelmed by pain which results in the use of epidurals, forceps, episiotomies, vacuum extraction, and caesarean increases. This is why squatting is actually the desired position. Gravity assists the process and the pelvic outlet can open to a wider degree. Squatting during delivery results in decreased use of forceps and a shorter second stage of labor than the semi-recumbent position! Research has shown that coached pushing in the second stage of labor does not improve the short-term outcome for mothers or babies, only when the baby needs to keep “baby blues” at bay, regain their energy and lose the weight they gained during pregnancy.