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Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in Chiropractic care during pregnancy. Whether you are here for yourself or a loved-one or friend take a moment to look around and learn what care during pregnancy is all about: why we do it, why it's beneficial, and how we carry out the actual treatment. Chiropractic care is a safe, effective and drug free way to maintain health and manage pain during pregnancy.

The Science Behind it All

A Chiropractor 's role is to detect and correct spinal and pelvic misalignments (subluxations), within the joints. When the spine or the pelvis is misaligned, an imbalance is created in surrounding muscles and ligaments. Additionally, this can stress the nervous system, which may affect the body's ability to function optimally. Chiropractic adjustments work to correct these misalignments in the spine, therefore battling the nervous system interference and imbalances in the surrounding muscles and ligaments. The technique to correct these specific subluxations was developed by Dr. Larry Webster and is known for it's application in pregnant patients as the 'Webster Technique.' "The goal of the adjustment [in Webster Technique] is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI [(pelvic)] joint dysfunction." - Dr. Jeanne Ohm, DC

Not only does sacral subluxation cause imbalance in the muscles and ligaments, it can also contribute to dystocia (difficult labor). Dystocia has three major causes: inadequate uterine function, pelvic contractions and mal-presentation of the baby. The correction of sacral subluxation may have a positive effect on all of these causes as it is proposed that sacral misalignment my contribute via uterine nerve interference, the pelvic migalignment itself and the tightening and torsion of specific pelvic muscles and ligaments. The resulting tense muscles and ligaments may have an effect on the uterus and my prevent the baby from comfortably assuming the best possible position for birth.

Why Choose Bath Chiropractic for Your Care

Chiropractic care for women is something that I am very passionate about personally. During my time at New York Chiropractic College we learned about what was referred to as "Webster Technique" or care for the pregnant patient. There was something about this technique that always intrigued me and I think that mostly had to do with the pure fact that it just made so much sense to me in regard to the female body and the impacts of chiropractic subluxation. In 2014 I took my interest a step further and became certified in the Webster Technique by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.


The Million Dollar Question
So this is the part where you ask the million-dollar question: Can a chiropractor turn my breech baby? The answer is: No, a chiropractor cannot turn your breech baby BUT a chiropractor can adjust your pelvis so that it is in optimal alignment. Proper alignment results in optimal nervous flow to your organs in that area (uterus, pelvic floor) and may removes torsion of the uterus caused by pelvic misalignment. No misalignment in the pelvis equals no torsion of the uterus, no torsion means the fetus has the best conditions to turn him or herself from the breech position to the head down position.

So.. Really, How Do You Do this 'Webster' Thing

I'm the kind of person who likes to know what to expect before I go anywhere, so let me just give you the basic run down of the Webster Technique. First, if you are a new patient we will start with a basic history, we will talk about your concerns and any symptoms you are experiencing and do a physical exam. During treatment I first start by checking your joint alignment and movement as well as muscle groups for any taut or tender areas by using palpation with my hands and leg checks (bending of the legs at the knee). Any muscle areas that are taut will be worked on and misalignments in the spine will be corrected using a drop table (click here to learn more about drop table). Then I will have you lie on your back and we will work on any tension in the round ligament (located approx. on your belly half way between your belly button and thigh) and the psoas muscle. We will then do any adjustments you may need in the upper back and neck. Located below are some pictures to help familiarize yourself with the treatment.

This is a Flexion Distraction table, the piece in the middle is designed to "break away" to allow a nice safe place for your baby to rest while you get treatment. We have two of these in the office and don't worry about having to climb up onto it, we can lower and raise it to fit your height needs.
So once you're on the table this is how your body will be positioned. The chiropractor shown here is doing what we call a "piriformis sweep"- working out tension in the muscles that attach part of the pelvis to the femur (thigh bone). The care in the lower back is focused over this area and is nice and safe for your developing baby.
For the next phase of treatment we have you lay on your back. The doctor in this image is demoing "myofascial release" of the round ligament. Stretching of the psoas muscle can also be performed in this position. This is also the position that Dr. Severson will use to adjust your mid back region and neck if you need it.
This image is a great visual reminder to see how the Uterosacral ligament and the round ligament both are attached to both the uterus and the pelvis. This direct connection is why sacral alignment is so important.
This is a fantastic image that shows how pregnancy can change the posture of the body and why chiropractic is so important when your body is changing so quickly. Number 6 on the diagram shows the big culprit: the change in the lower back curve. This change is necessary to support the growing belly in the front but it can cause some unpleasant pain in the lower back, legs, feet, stress on the upper back, sciatica and more. Regular chiropractic visits help to keep your shifting postures in good alignment and helps to battle pain.