While you’re in our Columbus Ohio chiropractic office, you’ll likely notice that we see a lot of expecting moms, kids, and whole families…because why should only one family member be their healthiest? Chiropractic care for expecting mothers is one of the best kept secrets in health care – and here are 6 reasons why you should get adjusted if you are (or are planning on) expecting in Columbus Ohio!
1. Keep your brain and nervous system functioning its best!
Every single organ and tissue in your body is connected to a nerve – which connects to your spinal cord – which runs through your spine – which connects to your brain – which uses that information to cause your body to adapt to the environment – by sending signals back down that spinal cord to your organs and tissues! As your spine and posture changes, it changes your brain function. Getting adjusted directly affects that brain function.
2. Relaxin is NOT Relaxing!
As stated, the curves of your spine change as you get farther into your pregnancy. This can sometimes lead to increased joint pain, particularly in the lower back, but could be in other areas as well. Chiropractic adjustments for the spine can help that pregnancy related lower back pain.
3. Come out head first!
Studies show that chiropractic care during pregnancy, especially near the due date, can reduce the number of c-section births due to breech presentation. Many women also report that child birth was easier than expected and attribute that to their chiropractic care.
4. May help Diabetes
A study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research illustrated the positive effects of chiropractic when used as part of an integrative treatment for adult onset diabetes. A recent case study published in the November 2011 edition of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health documents a case of a four-year-old child who had terrific results stabilizing her blood sugar through chiropractic care. During a two-month period, she experienced a decrease in hemoglobin A1C from 7.2 percent to 6.5 percent. She also decreased the amount of insulin used from 15 units to 11 units per day.
These results are quite remarkable because the literature states that intensive medical treatment of type I diabetes often does not succeed in lowering A1C levels under 7.0 percent.
5. Curb Your Addictions!
We all know that addictive substances are a no-no during pregnancy, and the drugs to help curb the cravings aren’t good for mom or the baby either.
Research from a group of chiropractors yields that of the 18,000 addiction programs in the U.S., the success rate with a 30 day drug-free model is about 46 percent with a retention rate of 60%. When they added chiropractic to to that 30 day standard model, the outcomes improve to 86 percent with a retention rate of 100%.
Worth it for your kiddo? I thought so too!
6. High Blood Pressure No More!
If you have high blood pressure before you get pregnant, you’re more likely to develop pregnancy related high blood pressure. Chiropractic can kill 2 birds with one stone! A study in the Journal of Human Hypertension showed that chiropractic care was more effective at lowering blood pressure naturally than using 2 different blood pressure medications combined!