Pregnancy & Women’s Health

Pregnancy & Women’s Health

We know that with chiropractic adjustments and pregnancy, women have a lot of questions about what is and isn’t safe for their overall health. Dr. Shelby has all the answers regarding the benefits of chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy and what to know before scheduling your appointment.

Q: Is it safe to get adjusted while pregnant?
A: Absolutely! Chiropractic adjustments are a form of non-invasive, conservative therapy that are completely safe during gestation, and are recommended throughout all stages of pregnancy. There are specific chiropractic adjustments for pregnant mothers to assure comfortability and safety for both mom and baby!

Q: Why should I get adjusted while pregnant?
A: The body of a pregnant woman undergoes an abundance of physiological and biomechanical changes at an extremely rapid rate, which can cause headaches, low back pain, leg pain, and even fatigue and brain fog, otherwise known as the dreaded “pregnancy brain”. The chiropractic adjustment addresses all of these concerns by restoring proper motion in the spine and bettering the function of your nervous system. The nervous system is the foundation to every human body, any unfavorable tensions or stressors will impact the facilitation of the brain and body communication! Adjustments also relieve tension off of the pelvis and allow for the baby to be more comfortable in the womb and have more room for proper development.

Q: Do adjustments help with migraines and other pain associated with my cycle?
A: Yes! I always advise women to get adjusted when they are experiencing symptoms associated with their menstrual cycle. Every month, a woman’s body goes through a wave of hormonal changes which leads to PMS symptoms. The chiropractic adjustment reassures that the brain can communicate with every organ involved during this time, which in turn aids with hormonal production (which is so important!). The movement from the chiropractic adjustment also allows inflammation and chemical mediators to naturally leave the area to then decrease symptoms like bloating and back pain.

Q: How old do you have to be to get adjusted?
A: New moms often ask me whether their newborns can benefit from adjustments after the trauma of the birthing process. My answer is always yes- absolutely! There is no age minimum or maximum for getting adjusted. Because everyone has a spine that will become misaligned by stressors both large and small, and a nervous system that will suffer if it is not corrected, chiropractic adjustments are recommended for all ages, including infants!

Q: When is the best time to start chiropractic care?
A: Arguably, the most important time to undergo chiropractic care is when you are younger to ensure proper development of the body and nervous system and decrease the likelihood of degeneration and injuries as you age. But the second best time to start chiropractic care is right now! Stress appears in the body in all shapes and forms, and chiropractic adjustments are a powerful tool to combat it! With every adjustment, we are not only reducing any discomforts that keep you from doing what you love, but also putting your body, as a whole, in the best position to take on anything coming your way! The benefits of chiropractic care are astounding. All too often I hear my patients say “I wish I had started this years ago!” So schedule an appointment and see how chiropractic can improve your life- don’t wait to start living!