If you are pregnant or expecting and want to improve your health and well-being naturally, consider prenatal chiropractic care in Portland, OR. Our pregnancy chiropractor here at Laurelhurst Chiropractic is trained and experienced in prenatal care. Whether you want pregnancy pain relief or are interested in improving fetal positioning, Drs. Phil and Danielle McCary are here to assist you.
Many women struggle to stay comfortable and healthy during their pregnancy. With their immune system compromised, hormones changing dramatically, muscles and ligaments loosening and their center of gravity shifting, women often experience aches, pains, and nausea throughout their pregnancy. Getting help for this type of discomfort can be difficult because pregnant women are limited in the types of medication they can take. Fortunately, Laurelhurst Chiropractic offers medication-free treatment for pregnant women. Our all natural chiropractic care can help women stay healthy throughout pregnancy.
Benefits of Care from a Portland Pregnancy Chiropractor
There are many benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy!
Medication-free pain relief. Chiropractic care involves no medications.
Improved strength and balance. Chiropractic care can help pregnant women strengthen their muscles to help them stay balanced and coordinated when walking and moving. Care from a Portland prenatal chiropractor can also help pregnant women develop the muscles they’ll need during labor and delivery.
Smoother labor and delivery. Because chiropractic care helps women prepare for childbirth, women who undergo chiropractic care during pregnancy may have a smoother labor and delivery.
Reduced chances of Cesarean section. Chiropractic care from a Portland chiropractor during pregnancy can help pregnant women avoid a Cesarean section delivery experience.
Improved immune function throughout pregnancy. Chiropractic care helps improve the functioning of the central nervous system, which can lead to improved immune function and a reduced risk of contracting a serious illness during pregnancy.
Chiropractic Techniques from Your Portland Prenatal Chiropractor
At Laurelhurst Chiropractic, we use the following chiropractic techniques to treat pregnant patients:
Spinal adjustment. Spinal adjustment is the technique that we use to realign the vertebrae, improve immune function, reduce aches and pains and prepare the body for labor and delivery. The type of spinal adjustment we use for pregnant women is called Webster technique. Webster technique is designed to be gentle enough for mother and baby while meeting their unique needs.
Massage therapy. We use massage therapy to relax tense muscles, reduce patient anxiety and improve circulation during pregnancy.
Lifestyle advice. Our lifestyle advice helps patients make smart choices during their day to day lives, which can help reduce the chances of injury and can help patients stay healthy.
Stretches and exercises. We teach our patients how to do stretches and exercises that can strengthen their muscles and help them prepare for the stress of labor and delivery.
Nutrition counseling. Nutrition counseling helps pregnant women eat properly, reducing symptoms like indigestion and nausea. This technique also helps pregnant women keep their babies healthy.
Pregnancy Pain Relief
The main reason we see expecting mothers is for pregnancy pain relief. When you are carrying a child, you gain 20, 30, or more pounds within just a few months. That excess weight combined with the increased fluid in your body and expansion of your joints to prepare for labor and delivery puts undue stress on your internal systems. Everything shifts around as your child develops, causing more pressure on your organs. All of this has a great deal to do with the pain that is caused during pregnancy.
To help with pregnancy pain relief our chiropractor in Portland readjusts your spinal column and musculoskeletal system. This allows your body to experience an increase in blood flow. Increased circulation is paramount for helping your body recover from stress and injury. Also, when you see our chiropractor for a treatment you can receive massage therapy for pregnancy.
Getting massaged by a medical professional ensures the safety of your baby. Additionally, you benefit from the therapeutic feeling of touch and pressure on your muscles. We also provide acupuncture, Kinesio taping, and electric stimulation for all-natural pain relief of personal injuries, such as falling down or straining lower back muscles.
While most chiropractic methods are safe to use when you are pregnant, the Webster Technique is focused on prenatal care. We use this technique at our chiropractic clinic in Portland. This technique was developed by Larry Webster DC, who was the founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.
The Webster Technique adjusts a woman’s changing musculoskeletal system with specialized attention to the pelvis. Through gentle chiropractic adjustments, you will experience a stress reduction in your uterus and its supporting ligaments. This is ideally suited for women who are advancing in pregnancy, and it can help with reducing labor pains through optimal fetal positioning.