When you visit the chiropractor, they will use hands-on spinal manipulation to restore proper alignment of the musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine.
This enables the body to heal itself without surgery or excess medication.
Manipulation is also used to restore joint mobility that has been restricted due to traumatic events or repetitive stress.
People of all ages and backgrounds can benefit from seeing a chiropractor.
Adults, children, healthy people, people with medical conditions, and even babies can see benefits from regular chiropractic treatment.
Seeing the chiropractor isn't a one-off event. Your chiropractor will work out a treatment plan specifically for you that will help you achieve optimal health.
There is one group of people that can benefit from chiropractic care that might be a little unsure about whether or not it is safe for them.
I'm talking about expectant mothers.
Yes, even if you're pregnant, perhaps especially if you're pregnant, you should be seeing the chiropractor.
It's not only safe, but it is severely beneficial.
While you're pregnant, you will experience many changes to your body that can be uncomfortable, including severe back and pelvic pain.
You're likely to notice other physical, emotional and mental changes that can be overwhelming during the course of your pregnancy.
Luckily, seeing a chiropractor can help. However, is it safe?
Scientific evidence leads us to believe there is no risk to your pregnancy when you visit the chiropractor.
Thirty-three different studies determined chiropractic treatment is safe for pregnant women.
All chiropractors learn how to treat pregnant women as part of their training.
Not only safe, but your chiropractor has gone through specialized training to help you while you're pregnant.
So without further ado, here are the top five benefits to seeing a chiropractor while you're pregnant.
Chiropractic care is an all-natural way to relieve back, neck, and joint pain.
Your chiropractor achieves this through spinal manipulation.
This is what's meant when people say they were "adjusted," although your chiropractor can manipulate an adjust just about every joint in your body.
In its purest form, a manipulation is a controlled force applied to a joint in your spine that has become immobile.
This is very likely to happen while you're pregnant.
When the joint is immobile, it becomes inflamed and painful.
The manipulation will restore the joints mobility, allowing the joint to heal, reliving the pain.
Your body may become immobile in several places while you're pregnant, and your chiropractor is trained to fix all of them.
If you ask many women, they will tell you the worse part of their pregnancy was all the nausea they felt.
Morning sickness can leave pregnant women feeling incapacitated for a long time.
Unfortunately, we're still not sure what causes morning sickness and nausea during pregnancy.
Morning sickness typically occurs during the first trimester, so it's a good idea to set up an appointment with your chiropractor as soon as you learn you're pregnant.
While you're pregnant, you want to be sure your immune system is firing on all cylinders to ensure you and the baby stay as healthy as possible.
Unfortunately, all the hormonal changes you experience during pregnancy can weaken your immune system, leaving you more susceptible to illness.
Illness is more uncomfortable while you're pregnant, and it can be an issue for your babies development and safety.
If you see your chiropractor, they can bring your nervous system, your lymphatic system, and your musculoskeletal system into harmony.
With all of your systems operating correctly and in harmony with one another, you will drastically reduce your chances of illness and give your immune system the support it needs.
If you've already had one Caesarean section (commonly known as a C-section), you are more than likely going to have a C-section for the rest of your pregnancies.
So, this section may not apply to you.
However, if you haven't had a C-section and are looking to avoid them, you should see your chiropractor.
Studies have shown the consistently visiting your chiropractor can reduce the risk of needing a C-section.
A strong relationship has been shown between women who saw a chiropractor during their pregnancy and a reduced occurrence of C-sections and the use of forceps.
There needs to be more research done on the topic, but the belief is that chiropractic care strengthens your body for labor.
If you regularly see the chiropractor while you're pregnant, the benefits will not end once you give birth.
Birth can be a traumatic experience and cause your pelvis to become misaligned.
Recovering mothers often experience pain and soreness long after they've given birth.
Sometimes they can even find it hard to get around, causing more complications.
Continuing to see the chiropractor after you've given birth can bring you many of the same benefits.
Reduced back and pelvic pain, a healthy nervous system, and overall improved quality of life are all benefits you can receive by continuing to see your chiropractor.
If you're expecting, or you're trying to become pregnant, now is an excellent time to see your chiropractor.
Talking to your chiropractor as soon as possible ensures they have enough time to make a treatment plan for you during your pregnancy.
The treatment plan will go a long way in enabling you to stay as comfortable and as healthy as possible during your pregnancy.
The chiropractors at The Arrowhead Clinic have years of experience helping people just like you.
If you're ready to get started, schedule a consultation now.