Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times in life. Every day is filled with so much possibility. Getting the nursery ready, attending baby showers, and picking baby names are just a few of the ways you can spend your time. However, pregnancy can also be filled with physical challenges which no one has prepared you for. Many of these physical challenges can affect your everyday function and productivity. At Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic, serving Bradenton, FL, we can help you reestablish healthy routines as well as bring balance and vitality to your body during this time. Keep reading to learn more about pregnancy chiropractic care.
The Effects of Pregnancy on the Body
Most people understand the obvious ways in which pregnancy will affect someone's body, but few people realize that there are deeper changes taking place. These changes can affect your spine, joints, and ligaments. As the baby grows inside of you, it will begin to compete for space. As it competes for space, other things will begin to move out of its way. Your organs can shift around inside of you. Ligaments will stretch to lengths they have never known before, and your spine will also begin to adjust to make way for the baby.
Spinal variations during pregnancy can cause many problems. The most common problem during this time is back pain. When the spine is out of alignment it will cause pain in the lower back, middle back, and upper back. You may also experience neck pain. In addition to this, the growing baby can also sometimes cause the sciatic nerve to become compressed, causing shooting pain that radiates through the hips and down the legs.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
During your pregnancy, it is more important than ever to make sure that you provide proper support and alignment for your spine, joints, and muscles. Spinal manipulation is very helpful during pregnancy to realign the spine, take the pressure off of the muscles and ligaments, and to relieve pain. Most pain medications are not an option during pregnancy, making chiropractic care an attractive option for natural and effective pain relief.
Massage therapy is also very helpful during this time. Carrying around the extra weight of your pregnancy will often cause sore, tired muscles. Massage therapy can relieve this pain. The other added benefit is that massage therapy is also often a great stress release for moms who may be nervous or anxious during their pregnancy.
If you would like to learn more about pregnancy chiropractic care or would like to schedule an appointment with our Bradenton chiropractor, contact Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic at (941) 739-2900.