One of my favorite groups of people who visit my Franklin, TN Chiropractic office weekly are pregnant woman. Chiropractic and pregnancy go hand and hand. My typical pregnant new patient starts out as a referral from an existing patient that came to me during her pregnancy. Usually its low back pain that brings my pregnant patients in. Sometimes, it’s headaches, neck pain or discomfort between the shoulder blades. The one thing my pregnant new patients all have in common is that they are uncomfortable and want relief. They also know as they get further along in their pregnancy, the pain and or discomfort continues to get worse. They’re looking for relief. Anything to get a break from the aches and pains they’re feeling on a daily basis. That’s where I come in.
Chiropractic care is beneficial to a pregnant woman in two main ways. The first is from a structural perspective. If the bones of your pelvis and back are aligned correctly your body is going to function better and better be able to handle the extra weight associated with pregnancy. I can’t tell you how many pregnant patients I have who describe to me the feeling of being “stuck” and feeling “locked up”. They feel restricted in the movement of their low back and pelvis. They also describe these same feelings in their mid-backs between their shoulder blades and necks. Once I start adjusting them with a gentle, specific, chiropractic adjustment, the stress they feel is relieved. In many cases relief is immediate. They feel an instant release of pressure and tension. I hear from my pregnant patients time and time again that getting adjusted throughout their entire pregnancy is the best decision they ever made. They also report that labor is so much better with a properly aligned spine and pelvis. It makes total sense. If the pelvis is aligned and moving without restriction, labor and delivery is going to be easier.
The other reason my Franklin, TN office is so popular with pregnant women is a neurological reason. Your nervous system which is your brain, spinal cord and all the nerves that exit the spine controls every aspect of your life. You can’t function one second without them. The Chiropractic adjustment removes interference to the nervous system which is both controlling the pregnant mother’s health and the health of the developing baby in her belly. What’s more important during a pregnancy than making sure the baby is getting maximum nerve supply. Proper nerve supply also means the mother caring the developing baby is taking the best care of her body too during this physically trying time. A properly functioning body also gives you the best opportunity for a speedy recovery after the birth has occurred and getting your body and health back to pre-baby status.
If you’re pregnant and live or work in the Franklin, Cool Springs or Brentwood area, give my office a call. We’d love to show you first-hand how Chiropractic can give you the best pregnancy experience possible!