What is the first thing you think of when you envision pregnancy. Unfortunately, for many the first thing that comes to mind is pain. Pregnancy symptoms are different for everyone and can be overwhelming. There is a multitude of changes that physiologically occur in the female body to create new life. The most common change felt is uterine growth, the uterus grows so big that a woman’s entire center of gravity changes. This growth can produce low back pain, sciatica, pelvic dysfunction, and an overall uncomfortable feeling. What most people don’t know is that these unwanted, painful symptoms are often avoidable through utilizing a specific chiropractic approach for treating pregnancy titled the Webster Technique.
The Webster Technique focuses on the pelvis, specifically a triangular shaped bone called the sacrum. During pregnancy as weight is added to the pelvis, a mothers center of gravity has to change meaning more weight is placed on the sacrum. This can lead to many postural faults and large amounts of stress on the low back and pelvis. In addition to of all the musculoskeletal changes that occur there are also hormonal changes. One hormone in particular is Relaxin. Relaxin is a hormone released by the ovaries and placenta in order to regulate birth and relax ligaments of the pelvis, as well as soften and widen the cervix in preparation for birth. This hormone aids tremendously in vaginal delivery, however, it can also cause some discomfort, and sacral restrictions if the muscles surrounding the pelvis are imbalanced.
Chiropractors who are webster certified can locate sacral joint restrictions and realign the pelvis so that balance is re-established. A knowledgeable chiropractor will also review postural faults and recommendations for safer movement while pregnant. Regular chiropractic care during pregnancy utilizing the Webster Technique has been shown to produce a more functional pregnancy and birth, decrease symptoms of nausea, shorter labor and delivery times, relieve joint pain in the neck, back, hips, pelvis, and prevention of potential cesarean delivery.
Bodily awareness is the name of the game, especially towards the end of pregnancy. The thought of pregnancy should not elicit feelings of agony. Rather it can be seen as a beautiful opportunity to listen to the signs your body is giving you and make changes so that you don’t have to feel pain or feel uncomfortable. Being in less pain during pregnancy can actually encourage feelings of empowerment and readiness for birth.