Expecting mothers moving toward all natural pregnancy and birth methods seems to be a widening trend. It’s becoming common to use midwives, prenatal yoga, prenatal massage, and even chiropractic care all as part of an all-natural approach to pregnancy and delivery. Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care should always be an option for expecting mothers who seek after the most natural and proactive pregnancy experience.
How do I prepare my body for natural birth?
Research shows and experts say one of the best ways to prepare your body and your newborn for birth is chiropractic. Specifically Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care because of its gentle nature. Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Tulsa has been in practice since 2000 in Tulsa and has been seeing expecting mothers from the beginning. Upper Cervical Chiropractic is ideal for pregnant moms because it enhances the function of nerve, cell, tissue, and organ within the body. When every part of moms body is functioning at its best then better outcomes for birth can be expected.
The focus of Upper Cervical Chiropractic for pregnancy is the removal of subluxations from the upper cervical spine. There are 274 unique ways the top two vertebrae in the spine can become misaligned. A subluxation is a misalignment of those two vertebrae near the brain stem which impairs the ability of the nervous system to function properly. A subluxation can reduce both blood flow into the brain, and communication throughout the central nervous system. The good new is that expecting moms under chiropractic care experience better likelihood of comfort, health, and natural birth options.
What are some benefits of chiropractic for pregnancy?
- Chiropractic greatly reduces the risk of having “Back Labor”, which is described as intense acute low back pain during delivery. Joint Medical and Chiropractic research showed that subjects undergoing chiropractic care had three times less risk of having back labor. The Journal of Chiropractic Medicine states, 75% of pregnant patients who received chiropractic care during pregnancy found relief from back pain. (1)
- Helps with pelvic floor control, which is very important for the delivery process. Mothers who have a relaxed pelvic floor don’t tire as easily during delivery and on average have easier delivery. This research shows that chiropractic care relaxed pelvic floor muscles at rest. (2)
- When under chiropractic care first time moms experience 25% shorter labor times. (3, 4) (Regular chiropractic care is suggested throughout pregnancy by americanpregnancy.org.)
What is the difference between Chiropractic and Upper Cervical Chiropractic during pregnancy?
Upper Cervical Chiropractic is completely safe and comfortable for pregnant women because there is absolutely no cracking, popping, or pulling of the spine or body. The focus of an Upper Cervical doctor during upper cervical prenatal chiropractic treatment is to improve nervous system function, balance the pelvis, and maintain as much of a proper spinal curve as possible during pregnancy in order to avoid intervention later. Below, hear from some of our patients about their own experience with Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care.
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Pelvic floor functional changes with spinal manipulation in pregnant and non-pregnant women: A pilot study. JMPT 2016. In Press.
J.M. Fallon. Textbook on chiropractic & pregnancy. Arlington, VA: International Chiropractic Association; 1994: 52, 109.
1. Fallon J.M. Chiropractic and pregnancy: a partnership for the future. ICA Int Rev Chiropr.1990;46(6):39–42.