Why Seek Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy?

Pregnant woman seeking chiropractic care

It’s no secret that pregnancy is associated with a variety of unpleasant symptoms, like morning sickness, ankle swelling, joint pain, and back pain. Many just accept these symptoms as part of pregnancy. After all, you’re giving birth to another human being – no one said it was going to be easy!

Of course, you want relief from those symptoms, but your highest priority is the long-term health and safety of you and your baby. Because of this, many people are skeptical about seeking chiropractic care during pregnancy, figuring that the pain associated with pregnancy is temporary, acceptable, and natural.

Is chiropractic care during pregnancy safe?

Proper chiropractic care is an ideal way to relieve pain in a way that’s safe for you and your baby. There is no evidence that corrective chiropractic care has any negative impact on pregnancy. The experts at Stability Health Center of Seattle understand the needs of pregnant women, and provide effective care to all our patients.

Catering to the needs of pregnant women in chiropractic care includes ensuring that undue pressure isn’t placed on the abdomen and using tables that adjust to your body. Overall, chiropractic care has been shown to provide many benefits to pregnant women.

How chiropractic care enhances pregnancy wellness

Pregnancy causes back and neck pain in different ways, such as increased back curvature due to a protruding abdomen, pelvic misalignment, and postural adaptation. Chiropractic care helps pregnant women in the following ways:

  • Alleviates neck, joint, and back pain;
  • Re-establishes pelvic balance;
  • Reduces risk of breech and posterior position delivery, which require a caesarean procedure (C-section);
  • Reduces nausea and morning sickness.

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Chiropractic care has benefits for pregnant women beyond the typical alleviating of back pain in part because it helps restore order to your body’s nervous system. The hormones and spine misalignment associated with pregnancy wreak havoc on your nervous system, which is central to your body’s healthy functioning.

The spine includes nerve endings that extend throughout the rest of your body, including muscles, organs, and blood vessels. By realigning the spine, you effectively reset your nervous system, thereby lessening other pregnancy symptoms. Think of it as pressing the reset button on your central nervous system!

Chiropractic care also helps pregnant women by realigning the pelvis. This can help prevent potentially dangerous delivery positions such as breech and posterior position. The benefits of chiropractic care can extend beyond you to help your baby as well!

Expert chiropractic care for pregnant women

If you’re interested in learning more about how chiropractic care helps during pregnancy, contact Stability Health Center, your chiropractic experts in Seattle. Our clinic also uses Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a proven, scientific system designed to provide individualized care to each patient’s unique spine. Our own Dr. Justin Favreau is one of only a few trained experts in CBP in the Seattle area!

Relieve pain, reset your nervous system, and improve your pregnancy well-being by taking advantage of high-quality chiropractic care. Call to schedule a free consultation today.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

Putting Down the Scalpel: Addressing Back Pain Without Surgery

Addressing Back Pain Without Surgery

Putting Down the Scalpel: Addressing Back Pain Without Surgery

Surgery — in any scope of the word — is invasive. Even outpatient surgeries that see you entering and leaving the hospital same-day carry some degree of risk and side-effects. And, as we consider more complicated surgeries across different parts of the body, the margin for error or negative side-effects only gets bigger.

Consider back surgery. For sufferers of chronic back pain, this is often a proposed solution by general physicians and even specialists, as a way to fix a spinal problem that’s responsible for ongoing pain.

Unfortunately, when it comes to back surgery, there are few procedures that are more invasive or carry a bigger risk for potential setbacks to develop during the recovery process. Back surgery is very risky, to say the least. And, even after the procedure itself is over, the road to recovery is one that’s paved with extensive physical therapy, painkillers, and the possibility that something won’t heal just right.

With all of the daunting prospects that back surgery can present, there’s one possibility that’s scarier than all of the rest… that you might not even need the surgery you’re about to go under the knife for.

Get the facts

According to a 2013 national study titled, “Are recommended spine operations either unnecessary or too complex? Evidence from second opinions,” 60.7% of people seeking a second opinion regarding back surgery were told that the initial recommendation for surgery was “unnecessary,” while another 33.3% of people were told that their initial consultation called for the “wrong” surgery altogether!

Though this study was only conducted among 183 total patients, it signals at a larger problem and a dangerous trend: Physicians recommending back surgery without truly realizing the cause of chronic back pain. Instead, it may behoove physicians and other medical professionals to explore corrective practices, rather than invasive procedures!

Enter Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP). This comprehensive approach to determining spinal misalignment and developing tailored treatment plans to correct it frequently offers relief to chronic back pain sufferers as a non-invasive alternative to rudimentary back surgeries.

CBP vs. surgery

To understand why more people should be exploring the corrective benefits of CBP over surgery, all you have to do is look at the approach to sustainable wellness:

Surgical approach

Back surgery begins by identifying the problem area of the spine, then determining what the surgical approach to resolving it would be. Once a plan is determined—such as fusing the vertebrae—you’re admitted to the hospital and sedated before going under the knife.

When you come out of anesthesia your road to recovery begins—usually with painkillers. You’ll pop pills as the pain persists, attend physical therapy sessions, and start paying back your extensive medical bills—back surgery isn’t cheap!

If all goes according to plan, you’ll be properly healed and pain-free in a few month’s time. You might have some lingering bills to pay, but your pain should be gone… unless of course you fall into the 33.3% of people who are recommended the wrong surgical approach.

CBP approach

With CBP you’ll visit a chiropractor, who will order comprehensive imaging of your spine, including your hips and shoulders. The chiropractor will examine them thoroughly to pinpoint misalignments, then show these to you and explain the significance of the issue. The chiropractor will then utilize data about your spine to formulate a plan to realign it.

With your tailored treatment plan in place you’ll start visiting a chiropractor several times per week over the next few weeks and months. Each visit will cost you a fraction of the cost of a hospital visit and each time your spine will be adjusted closer to its ideal posture. In time these small adjustments will add up to restorative results!

As your spine eventually comes back into position, your chiropractor will work with you to develop good habits that solidify the affects of your adjustments—things like good sitting and standing posture, strengthening exercises, and more. When you’re done, you’ll have a spine that’s healthy once more, a back that’s no longer in pain, and a repertoire of exercises to help you stay in proper form!

The facts are there and for many, the choice is becoming clear: CBP and other chiropractic adjustments are becoming a smart alternative to what could potentially be completely unnecessary back surgery.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference, and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless and non-invasive.

If you or a loved one is suffering from the effects of spinal misalignment as a result of an auto accident, sports injury, poor posture, or just plain gravity — and are sick and tired of masking your symptoms — please contact Stability Health Center at our Seattle office for a complimentary consultation.