Chiropractic Care for Pregnant Women
While pregnant, a woman's body goes through many physical and chemical changes. These occur in preparation for creating a suitable environment for the growing baby. While these changes are completely natural, they may result in a misaligned musculoskeletal system, such as:
- Increased back curve due to weight distribution in the belly
- Changes in pelvic orientation
- Postural changes
In the event of a misaligned pelvis, the baby's natural environment is restricted during development. It can also contribute to a non-optimal position for delivery. A baby in the breech position can prevent a non-invasive, natural birth, possibly leading to a c-section or the use of drugs that the mother may not want. At Flintridge Family Chiropractic, our goal is to keep the spine aligned so the entire body can work effectively. We provide drug-free, natural care for expectant mothers that will lead to the best delivery outcome. Flintridge Family Chiropractic doctors have worked with pregnant women for many years, earning a reputation as one of the best pregnancy chiropractors Pasadena and La Canada have available.
The Webster Technique
As a keystone of effective chiropractic treatment for pregnant women, the Webster Technique is a gentle, hands-on technique that helps correct sacral misalignment, balance pelvic muscles and relax ligaments, which in turn removes torsion to the woman's uterus. This results in less constraint to the baby, and allows the baby to turn and get into the best possible position for birth.
The Webster Technique was developed by Dr. Larry Webster to help women whose babies are in the breech position. During childbirth, breech babies pose a greater risk to both the mother and the baby and often require a cesarean section for delivery. This technique restores balance and correct position of the uterus which then allows the baby to move into the head down position.
At Flintridge Family Chiropractic we are happy to provide a trained Webster Technique chiropractor for all of our moms to be. It is a misconception that the technique is only used in cases of breech position babies. Our philosophy is to provide pregnant moms with preventative care from the first trimester right up to birth.
Using this technique provides the baby with the ability to move as freely as possible within the uterus. This allows the baby to develop without stress to the spine and the nervous system. In the Webster Technique the alignment of the pelvis is assessed and corrected as needed to release tension on the specialized tendons that support the uterus.
A specialist trained as a Webster Technique chiropractor can keep the uterus and sacrum in proper alignment and balance throughout the pregnancy. This prevents undue stress on joints and ligaments that are bearing the extra weight of the baby and compensating for weight shift.
Because the mother's spine and pelvis undergo many changes and adaptations to compensate for the growing baby, the risk of interference to her nervous system is increased. Specific chiropractic care throughout pregnancy is a drug-free option that works by enhancing nervous system function and providing greater health potential for both the mother and baby.
General chiropractic for expectant mothers in Pasadena
In addition to the Webster Technique, our office provides pregnant women with general chiropractic care to promote overall health. Dr. Zimmerman and Dr. Shahbazian will educate our pregnant patients on stretching that is specifically tailored to pregnant women. This brings comfort to the baby as well as the mother. Further, we will design a custom rehabilitation program to ensure our patients get their bodies back to their previous, pre-pregnancy state following the birth. Then, once the baby is born our pediatric chiropractors will help keep the baby aligned and feeling good.
We are also proud to deliver a modified Complete Adjustment for pregnant women from our skilled pregnancy chiropractors in Pasadena CA, here at Flintridge Family Chiropractic. This includes dietary supplements and physical adjustments to ensure each part of the body is working as it should, allowing the baby to achieve full term without incident.
Parents who understand the importance of chiropractic care and its significance on overall health and well-being insist on bringing in their whole family for care. If you need a pregnancy chiropractor in Pasadena, call our office at 818-952-0172 for your initial consultation and to find out how to optimize your body's natural healing potential.