Prenatal Chiropractic care

Benefits for Mom & Baby

Prenatal chiropractic care is a wonderful, safe and effective option for those expecting mothers and is an essential treatment during pregnancy. Pregnancy can create various discomforts with a growing belly, including causing mom’s center of gravity to shift forward and her body to adapt accordingly. In addition, hormones being released cause ligament laxity which stresses joints in her spine and pelvis. Regular chiropractic care during pregnancy helps to decrease pregnancy related aches and pains, and helps the body adapt to the structural changes that are occurring within the changing body. Chiropractic treatment provides relief by improving joint motion within the spine and pelvis to create more balance, as well as by balancing the muscles and ligaments surrounding the pelvis and uterus.

Prenatal chiropractic care also provides comfort for your growing baby. As your baby develops, your uterus enlarges to accommodate the rapid growth. If your pelvis is unbalanced during pregnancy, the ligaments that hold your uterus in place can become torqued and twisted, a condition known as intrauterine constraint. This constraint limits the space of the developing baby and prevents the baby from getting into the best possible position for birth. This can slow labor, add pain and distress to mom and baby, and lead to unnecessary interventions, such as pitocin, episiotomies, vacuum extraction, and even c-sections.

There is a multitude of research supporting prenatal chiropractic care. Safety is always the first priority when caring for an expectant mother and her baby. Dr. Courtenay Boyle is one of the few chiropractors with specialized prenatal chiropractic training in Fort Mill. She is certified in the Webster technique, which is a chiropractic analysis and adjustment technique that aims to improve the biomechanical function of the pelvis and decrease intrauterine constraint during pregnancy. This allows for a more comfortable pregnancy, and often a faster and safer birth for mom and baby.

Women often seek chiropractic care during their pregnancy for headaches, neck and low back pain, leg pain, pelvic pain, rib pain and general discomforts. Women also seek chiropractic care to prevent aches and pains from occurring and to enhance her health during pregnancy for both herself and her baby.

Additionally, chiropractic care can help mothers recover after delivery. After delivery, the ligaments and joints that loosened up due to hormones preparing the mother’s body for delivery are now returning back to “normal” and are tightening up. Chiropractic care focuses on restoring proper balance to the spine and pelvis as the body is healing, which helps to prevent permanent injury as a result of pregnancy.

Our doctors will also prescribe specific exercises and stretches that are safe yet effective to help with pregnancy-related discomforts, adding stability to injured and painful areas.