Expecting Moms: Pregnancy Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic Care is a very safe and gentle approach to helping women with the aches and pains that sometimes come with pregnancy. Common conditions caused by pregnancy treated here at Edgar Family Chiropractic Burlington include sacroiliac joint problems, mid-back and neck pains, rib pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back pain, tendonitis and groin and leg pains.
Dr. Maja Edgar has additional training in treating pregnant women and is certified in the Webster Technique. This is a gentle and safe technique that helps to bring balance to the pelvis. Because the pelvis plays such an integral part during pregnancy (it is the home of the baby) this is where a lot of focus is given during treatment. Balancing the pelvis means removing any restrictions in the joints, relaxing muscles and ligaments and making sure that the pelvis is in the optimal position and shape so that mom is comfortable and a baby has room to move around. This technique has also been shown to be effective in some breach presentations.
Chiropractic Care Can Mean Shorter Labour
Studies suggest that women who have chiropractic care during their pregnancies have a shorter labour and significantly less back pain during labour. Chiropractic care was shown to shorten delivery times by 24% in the first pregnancy and 39% in later pregnancies.
In her treatment, Dr. Maja Edgar uses a combination of muscle work, mobilizations, instrument assisted adjusting (with the Impulse Adjusting Instrument) and physiotherapy modalities. Treatment plans vary depending on the severity of the presentation and stage of pregnancy. Moms are shown and given take-home exercises for additional support.