Chiropractic for Pregnancy in Tacoma

many women use chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy

Pregnancy causes many major changes, some of which can cause pain throughout the body. Many pregnant women seek chiropractic care in Tacoma for relief from: lower back pain, sciatica, leg cramps, and even constipation. These problems can stop you from performing daily tasks and can lead to difficulties during labor.

Chiropractic care at Proctor Chiropractic is able to offer amazing relief for back pain throughout a pregnancy. Women often state that the physical birthing process was easier after receiving chiropractic treatment to aid their back pain. The article below offers an in-depth look at the pain caused by pregnancy and describes how chiropractic treatment can help.

Prenatal Chiropractic in Tacoma

Throughout the process of carrying a baby to term, the mother's body must shift in order to allow the baby room to grow. This actually shifts the mother’s center of gravity forward towards the pelvis as the baby creates more weight in front of the body. As one can imagine, a significant amount of stress is put on the lower back and pelvis during these changes. Approaching the delivery date, the lower curve in the spinal column (lordotic curve) can deepen and result in serious and potentially dangerous injuries to the vertebral joints, sacrum, and hip joints.

The spinal cord contains nerves that send and receive signals from all over the body. Throughout the changes caused by pregnancy, the spine is compressed and stretched in various locations that can lead to irritation to the spinal cord and result in pain radiating throughout the body. Similarly, sciatica in pregnant women can cause pain in the lower back that radiates down the legs.

A pregnancy has the potential to cause shifts in the spine so great that they are not reversed naturally after the child is born. This can result in lasting pain while attempting to complete tasks that are essential to raising the child. Tasks such as breast-feeding, carrying the baby, or bending over can produce chronic pain if help is not sought out.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help Pregnant Women

During pregnancy, anatomy shifts throughout the body to accommodate your growing child. Although this is excellent for keeping your baby safe, it can certainly make things uncomfortable for an expecting mother. Visiting a chiropractor during pregnancy can help with the following symptoms:

  • Weight gain. Pregnancy weight gain tends to put additional pressure on your sciatic nerve. This nerve runs from the lower back down through the legs to the feet. You may notice pain radiating from your back or hips down through your legs, a sign that your sciatic nerve may be pinched.
  • Pelvic balance. As your belly gets larger, your posture naturally changes to accommodate your growing midsection. This can cause your pelvis to become misaligned with respect to the rest of your body. A misaligned pelvis may restrict your baby’s room to grow and can even affect a baby’s position pre-delivery. A chiropractic adjustment can keep your pelvis balanced. This reduces the likelihood that you will need to get a C-section, as pelvic alignment reduces breech positions during childbirth.
  • Nausea. The majority of pregnant women experience nausea at some point during their pregnancy, with some having persistent nausea throughout. Visiting your chiropractor may reduce the frequency and intensity of nausea, helping you get through daily activities without feeling sick.
  • Back pain. As your abdomen protrudes, the curvature of your back may change. Many pregnant women report back pain. Keeping your spine aligned through chiropractic adjustment reduces potential problems with posture and back pain.

Advantages of Seeing a Tacoma Chiropractor

One of the biggest advantages to seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy is that chiropractic medicine offers a non-pharmaceutical solution to many pregnancy-related problems. Pregnant women must be careful about taking medications, with even some over-the-counter medications being contraindicated. Our Tacoma chiropractor can help you identify solutions that address your problems without putting your baby at risk.

Another benefit of visiting the chiropractor during pregnancy is that it can keep you de-stressed. Relaxation is important for a healthy baby and smooth delivery. Many pregnant women tell us that they look forward to their visits because of their deep sense of relaxation following chiropractic adjustment. This is good for both mother and baby.

Prenatal Chiropractic Care at Proctor Chiropractic

Chiropractors and their treatment provide safe and personalized care during your pregnancy to relieve your specific problems. Beginning with a meticulous examination, a treatment plan will be tailored to you in order to aid pain and prepare the body for the physical stresses of pregnancy. The treatments are able to reduce the need for pain medicine and even reduce the duration of labor. Follow up visits are often helpful in realigning the body to reverse the initial shifts.

If you or a loved one is going through a pregnancy or are curious as to how we can help you, call our team at Proctor Chiropractic in Tacoma today.


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8:00am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm

8:00am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 5:00pm

8:00am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm

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Proctor Chiropractic
3901 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98406
(253) 756-7500
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