Chiropractic and Acupuncture During Pregnancy

Low back pain is common during pregnancy

Did you know that 50% of all pregnant women experience low back pain during their pregnancy and only 21% seek back pain relief with physicians (1)? These statistics are surprising. Since pain relief options are limited for these soon-to-be mommies, chiropractic is a great go-to therapy. 

How chiropractic care can help during pregnancy

While mommy’s baby bump grows, so does the extra weight pulling on the lumbar spine joints, discs and surrounding muscles. This is a formula for most moms to develop low back pain. The position of the baby in the uterus can also place extra pressure against nerves in mom’s low back causing pain (1). Gentle and specific chiropractic adjustments help reduce spinal joint fixations and a relax the surrounding muscles. Chiropractic and manual therapy has a direct effect on the central nervous system reducing pain production and causes a release of dopamine – the “feel good” chemical – which help the area feel relieved (2, 3).

Is chiropractic safe for pregnant women?

Yes! When practiced by a licensed chiropractic physician who has experience treating pregnant patients, chiropractic adjustments are safe and effective. Approximately 75% of pregnant patients who receive chiropractic therapy during their pregnancies find some sort of pain relief; chiropractic therapy during pregnancy can reduce labor times up to 31% according to one study (1). Dr. Bobby Koser not only has experience treating pregnant moms, but also practices several techniques geared towards reducing these baby bump induced aches and pains. 

Is acupuncture an option for pregnant women?

Acupuncture is a wonderful technique that often gives many pregnant women relief from low back pain. Very thin, sterile one-time-use acupuncture needles are inserted in specific points for relief of symptoms. Most patients report a great feeling of relaxation during and after treatment. When practiced by a licensed healthcare provider who has experience treating pregnant patients and taking necessary precautions, acupuncture is very safe and effective (4, 5). Dr. Bobby Koser is acupuncture certified and often offers this therapy to pregnant patients in conjunction with chiropractic care. Make sure to consult with your doctor to see if acupuncture or chiropractic are right for you. Dr. Koser is currently accepting new patients that are pregnant and interested in in chiropractic and acupuncture services. Click here to schedule a free consultation!

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