I suggest to mums that a visit to a chiropractor may be a good option to consider before birth, particularly if there have been issues with a difficult presentation in any previous births. It’s important that you go to someone who is properly trained in this area. I asked Naomi who is an experienced practitioner to talk about how it can help a woman during pregnancy and in the postnatal period.
How can Chiropractic help me?
My name is Naomi McKay and I am a chiropractor who specialises in treating pregnant women and new born children. In essence, chiropractic is a natural and effective way to relieve aches and pains caused by your joints and muscles. It’s much better than taking pain killers because the treatment tackles the cause of your problem not just the symptoms plus it’s very safe and won’t harm your baby.
During pregnancy I typically help women with low back, groin or pelvic pain such as SPD which can be exceptionally painful and debilitating for many women. I also help with other problems like carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain and headaches which can worsen during pregnancy.
Another goal of treatment is to help prepare the body for birth by releasing the soft tissues around the pelvis which can restrict the baby’s position. I also offer the Webster technique which can help encourage a breech baby to turn into the correct position. I also teach you things you can do at home to help prepare for an easier labour such as sitting positions and exercises – I’m even happy to teach dads some stretching and massage they can do for you!
When your baby arrives I offer all newborns a free health check.
It’s also important to get yourself treated within 8 weeks of giving birth to avoid developing problems in the future. This is due to the effects of relaxin, the hormone which is released to allow your joints to relax so you can give birth more easily. Over the 6-8 following birth your relaxin levels return to normal and your joints stiffen up again. This is why it’s important to make sure your body is in the correct alignment as often over time joints that have stiffened in the wrong place lead to lower back pain and problems in the future.
If you would like to know any more about how chiropractic can help you or your child, I welcome everyone to come in for a free check. This is an opportunity for us to meet, discuss any issues and decide whether chiropractic is right for you. There is more details information on these topics available on my blog and I offer 2 free guides, “how to avoid back pain during pregnancy” and “how to have a healthy, happy baby.” Just visit www.handsonchiro.com to find them.
Dr Naomi Mills
Hands on Health Chiropractic
Radcliffe Chiropractic Clinic,
16 Grantham Road,
Radciffe on Trent,
@chiro_naomi on twitter