A skilled chiropractor can help ease pain and realign spinal disorders and muscle issues. Whether it’s a headache, back pain, joint pain, or deep muscle pain, the art of chiropractic care can improve one’s health exponentially.
What is less widely understood is how skilled chiropractic care can benefit pregnant mothers by improving one’s hormone balancing, easing smaller aches and pains, and providing an overall enhancement of a mother-to-be’s health outlook. Or, if a couple is struggling to conceive and looking for help, chiropractic services can help boost the body’s ability to fight back infertility.
While every licensed chiropractor is trained to work with pregnant women, there are some who undergo extra training to focus in this area of providing pre-and-post-natal care. These chiropractors are almost always associated with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). When looking for a chiropractor with this specialization, look for the following titles:
- DACCP (Diplomate with ICPA reflecting the highest level of advanced training with pediatric and pregnant patients).
- CACCP (Certified with the ICPA with advanced training working with pediatric and pregnant patients).
- Member of ICPA (those who are affiliated with the association and have specialization in the area of pediatric and pregnant patients).
Reasons to Seek Chiropractic Care When Pregnant
First and foremost, nearly every pregnant woman experiences persistent aches and pains with their pregnancy, particularly in the back, hips, and legs. The best option is to seek out a chiropractor who can offer a wide variety of spinal and pelvic adjustments that will make the pregnancy more bearable, and possibly even make it safer when the time comes to deliver.
For instance, a misaligned pelvis can restrict the space available to a growing baby, which can result in a difficult and more painful birth process than is necessary. Simply going in for an adjustment before the due date can help prevent this kind of issue and, possibly, create a more healing, beneficial atmosphere post-birth.
Regular chiropractic adjustments have even been known to help with the nausea that often comes hand-in-hand with pregnancy! When the benefits outweigh the risks so much (especially since there are no known risks for pregnant women who receive chiropractic care), there is no reason to remain in pain.
For many adults, infertility is an inescapable and stressful curse. This condition includes difficulty both with conception and with carrying a baby to full term, and it is a potentially painful and demoralizing ailment to deal with. Infertility can be caused by stress, poor lifestyle habits, bad eating habits, and so on. But it can also be caused by nervous system disorders, and chiropractors are the experts in nervous system repair and realignment.
Put simply, every part of the body—including the reproductive organs—are connected to the central nervous system, which includes your spinal cord and brain. If a woman is struggling with infertility and has tried other methods of resolving the issue with no success, there is a good chance she is experiencing a spinal misalignment or subluxation. These subluxations can interfere with the central nervous system’s ability to communicate with the rest of the body and can be easily fixed by a skilled chiropractor.
Recent studies on the issue are increasingly resulting in favor of chiropractic treatment as not only an effective but a much safer option to beat infertility. Dr. Jessica Shelley explains in her article in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation that “Restrictions of spinal movement alter the flow of [cerebrospinal fluid] and may impact the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. These glands are responsible for reproducing hormones… which are vital to reproductive function.” Given a choice between invasive surgical procedures costing thousands of dollars with no guarantee of success and regular chiropractic adjustments that could improve nervous system flow and relieve pain in addition to possibly improving one’s chances of conception, is there a choice?
According to Dr. Craig Angell, “The nerves that innervate our reproductive organs originate in the lower back,” meaning that adjustments throughout the back, spine, and pelvis could be effective in improving proper hormonal production and fighting off infertility. Many who seek out chiropractic care focus on liver and endocrinal health and ignore the all-important central nervous system. This view on the importance of proper spinal alignment and how chiropractic care has been steadily gaining popularity after the publication of Dr. Madeline Behrendt’s study that compiled 15 separate case studies and essentially proved that chiropractic adjustment and increased fertility go hand-in-hand.
When it comes to one’s health during pregnancy or during the struggle with infertility, a trained chiropractor can offer a variety of solutions to fit one’s specific needs. All that’s left is to make the call and find out how to start seeing results today.