Chiropractic Care for Pregnancy

Our lead chiropractor Naomi Mills has experience of helping hundreds of women enjoy an active, healthy pregnancy. With specific post-graduate training in pregnancy, both our chiropractors are able to help manage specific pregnancy conditions such as Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) and Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP). We use a variety of gentle techniques including chiropractic adjustments, massage and acupuncture alongside advise and home exercises. We also have a range of specialist equipment including pillows and a very fancy chiropractic treatment bench which allow you to lie comfortably on your front right up to full term - often it's the most comfortable mums have been in a long time!

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A healthy baby begins with a healthy pregnancy

The main focus of your Chiropractic care during pregnancy is to keep your pelvis as balances as possible to allow maximum space for baby to grow. One of the reasons that more babies are needing intervention (help) during birth is that women are working right up until their due dates, often sat at a desk where their pelvis may become twisted and their growing bump is compressed. This then means that during labour, there isn’t optimum space for the baby to move around. It is also a factor in why a baby may be in Breech position which is also something a Chiropractor may be able to help with.

Our second (but equally important) focus is on helping you as mum feel as good as possible at all stages of pregnancy. From nausea in the first trimester, to aches and pains or possible pelvic pain in the second to keeping your moving despite being very large in the third trimester, Chiropractic care has a role to play in pregnancy from day 1. In fact, the earlier you begin care the more likely you are to feel really great throughout pregnancy as we have found in clinic that those women who were already patients before becoming pregnant report significantly fewer aches and pains than those who started later on.

Chiropractic for groin, pelvis and back pain (SPD, PGP) in pregnancy

Low back and pelvic pain is a common problem many women experience during pregnancy and while you’re still working or running around after other children it’s often not possible to take adequate rest. You may not even realise what the problem is as one patient described “it felt like I had a stitch but in the wrong place.” It wasn’t until she felt over her pubic bone which was extremely tender that she realised where the pain was coming from.

Chiropractic for groin, pelvis and back pain (SPD, PGP) in pregnancy

As your bump grows there is a lot of weight on the anterior (front) part of your pelvis. This puts strain on all the joints which make up the pelvic girdle and may cause aches and pains in the muscles and joints at the front or back of your pelvis. Over time the strain leads to inflammation in the joints and tendons which can be very painful. In severe cases the joint in your pubic bone can start to separate slightly and make it exceptionally difficult to walk and move around easily.

What can I do about it?

There is no need to simply live with the pain! Our chiropractor Naomi has specific training in treating pregnant women and with gentle release techniques can help you keep you active, mobile and pain-free throughout pregnancy even with pelvic girdle pain! Chiropractic care is all about restoring balance in your body and is an effective way to resolve pain in the hips, pelvis, groin and lower back without causing any harm to you or your baby. By gently releasing the muscles, joints and tendons around your pelvis chiropractic care can help relieve this pain. We will also give you exercises to do at home and advice on how to minimise stress on your joints. Many women experience relief after only a few treatments and depending on the severity of each individual case most women are able to continue work and everyday life without too many problems.

Chiropractic Care for breech baby position

Chiropractors use a specific technique called Webster’s Technique to help increase the changes of baby turning naturally in the pelvis. This method is based on the principal of increasing the space available for the baby and focusses on re-balancing the pelvis, uterus and surrounding ligaments. This, combined with self-care at home has been shown to have a success rate of up to 82%. In general, the Webster technique should be successful if the cause of breech position is due to tightness in the mother’s pelvis and ligaments which is making it difficult or uncomfortable for baby to be in the right position (this is often the case if baby was “head down” and then moved out of position). It is important to remember that some babies are breech due to reasons that cannot be changed with manual therapy or exercises. These include the natural shape of the uterus, a short cord, the size and length of the baby or the position of the placenta. Unfortunately we can’t tell this from outside the body!

There are other things you can do at home to help encourage the baby to turn naturally inside the womb based on the theory of increasing space for the baby to manoeuvre. Always sit with the hips above the knee such as on an inflatable ball which is good to have for pelvic tilt and figure of 8 exercises. Crossing your legs or curling up on the sofa will create less space in your uterus so these positions should be avoided. Similarly, while resting try to lie on your left side, this allows more space for the baby to move as your liver is on the right.

What are the benefits of a Chiropractic Adjustment?

The overall result of being adjustment is that you feel, move and function better! Here are some specific benefits that have been recorded in scientific research papers:

  • Reduce pain (both immediately and over long periods of time)
  • Increased movement
  • Your brain processes information from your spine and body more effectively which ultimately makes everything work and feel better. We call this improved proprioception and sensorimotor integration.
  • Improves your body strength
  • Helps to balance your autonomic nervous system, the part of the nervous system responsible for control of the bodily functions not consciously directed, such as breathing, the heartbeat, and digestive processes.

Chiropractic adjustments are completely safe for both you and baby at all stages of pregnancy. So safe in fact that we often treat newborn babies and your little bundle will also be offered a complimentary baby check.

What does a pregnancy adjustment involve?

Watch our video to find out what a pregnancy adjustment actually looks like:

Our chiropractors

Naomi Mills, Chiropractor

Naomi Mills

Doctor of Chiropractic
MChiro, MSc APP (paediatric musculoskeletal health)

I came into chiropractic after receiving treatment as a child and since I love meeting new people and lots of variety, becoming a chiropractor myself seemed the perfect career choice. I have an extremely rewarding job and spend a lot of my time helping women remain comfortable and active during pregnancy and then help their […]

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What our patients say

Kate, chiropractic testimonial

Kate

I was really surprised by the instant relief I experienced after my first adjustment. Happily, I was able to sleep much better that night despite lugging my toddler around all day!

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Maria

Seeing Naomi meant I've been able to recover from both my pregnancies, regain the strength in my back and body and stabilise my pelvis. The newborn adjustments to Arthur and Edward were wonderful; both boys relaxed into them and slept beautifully afterwards.

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Sarah

As a family we will continue to come back as and when we need to. This incredible lady and the work she has done with every single member of my family, and the difference she has made to us all, means I am very grateful to her and would highly recommend her to anyone.

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