Included in this month’s issue…
Pregnancy and Chiropractic
If there’s any class of patients that need chiropractic care the most it’s pregnant women. Pregnancy changes a woman’s life in many ways. One way is a special chemical called “relaxin.”
Relaxin is a hormone produced by the ovaries and the placenta that effects the female reproductive system especially during pregnancy. In preparation for childbirth, it relaxes the muscles, joints and ligaments in the pelvis, softens and widens the cervix and relaxes the smooth muscle in the uterus. It does even more by increasing heart and kidney blood output. In males relaxin enhances the motility of sperm in semen.
Sometimes there’s a down side to relaxin. If the spine and pelvis are unbalanced or subluxated then the relaxin can make the subluxations and distortions worse! The result is spine and pelvic pain which is too common in pregnancy. Additionally, the unbalanced body needs more energy for walking, standing, sitting and moving causing fatigue and exhaustion.
Chiropractic can help ensure that the pregnant body is balanced and that the pelvis is relaxed and open to its maximum so the developing baby has the ideal amount of room in which to develop. That is why clinical reports reveal that breech presentations have been corrected, with the fetus turning into a healthy position, as a result of chiropractic adjusting procedures. Clinical reports show chiropractic also helps with breastfeeding and the return to a prepregnancy figure.
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For Your Health,
Dr. Scott Van Dam