by Alaina Rowswell-Kuliikowski DC DICCP

You may have noticed that we have the privilege of serving a large number of pregnant women at our offices. During this very special time of life, it is important to be sure that the mother is at her optimal health to support the growing life within her. Chiropractors and massage therapists can be integral team members for growing families who are pursuing optimal health naturally. At Riverview Chiropractic Health, we have specialized equipment and education to offer assistance for these women.

Our massage therapists offer prenatal and perinatal massage. The benefits of massage for the expecting mother include, reduced neck, back and joint pain, reduced edema, muscle tension, headaches, stress and anxiety, improved circulation, increased oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles as well as better sleep(1). We have adaptive equipment for any stage of pregnancy so no appointment is too early or too late. There are tables and pillows that can assist Mom to be comfortable for her massage in any trimester.

Chiropractic and pregnancy is a great combination. From the earliest times of conception, family planning, or even infertility chiropractic benefits are discussed in the literature. 29 references were evaluated in the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association(2) touting these benefits. Being sure the joints are functioning properly so that the nerve, blood and lymphatic flow is optimal is a priority during this stage of life. We welcome people to start their chiropractic journey when they are trying to grow a family.

Many people are aware that back pain can be a common symptom of pregnancy, and indeed that is a top reason people see a chiropractor. As the pregnant body begins to change and adapt to a growing baby, it has a new set of stressors on the spine and pelvis. The pregnant woman’s center of gravity begins to shift as her belly grows, her ribs expand and her pelvis widens to make more room for the baby. Room for baby is important! Adequate space is necessary for a baby to move around and make its way to that perfect, head down position for birth. Chiropractic care during pregnancy helps to prevent back pain, ensure the mom’s spine and pelvis are aligned, and that there is optimal movement and growth for the baby to adapt to this ever changing environment. (3)

Sometimes, this seemingly routine development goes awry and a baby does not assume this advantageous birth position. If a baby develops in a breech (heads up) or transverse (across) position the recommendation of the Western New York obstetric community is to perform a surgical delivery or a cesarean section often times at 39 weeks of gestation to prevent her from going into natural labor. As most parents would like to avoid this outcome, Chiropractic plays a unique role in helping the mother of a child in a breech or transverse condition with what is known as the Webster technique of pregnancy.

We have three providers in our offices that have certification in this specialized technique. This technique analyzes the sacrum, pelvis, the muscles and ligaments that hold the pelvis together. Larry Webster, a chiropractor who founded the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association developed this technique as a safe means to restore proper pelvic balance and function. It was developed to restore normal physiological function of the mother and improve her comfort throughout pregnancy in preparation for a safer, easier birth. Larry Webster reported that in women who presented with a breech baby, the results of the adjustment appeared to normalize pelvic neuro-biomechanics and facilitate optimal fetal positioning. As he taught other doctors of chiropractic this adjustment, they too reported positive changes in baby positioning. (4) We have been providing Webster Technique of pregnancy for our patients for 29 years!

Intrauterine constraint is another common reason moms look to chiropractic during pregnancy. This is a term used to describe obstruction to normal movement of the fetus. It can be caused by uterine torsion, or twisting of the uterus, which can occur when there is imbalance to a mother’s pelvis. Intrauterine constraint is a common reason for fetal distress and delay in delivery that can often end in cesarean section surgery. By maintaining proper joint motion and balance in the pelvis, with chiropractic care the baby has the most room to grow and move, and assist mom’s pelvis to be in the best shape for a natural delivery! Other common conditions of pregnancy that have been helped with Chiropractic care include indigestion, blood sugar imbalances, anxiety, headaches, foot pain, hemorrhoids, hypertension, urinary incontinence, pubic pain, and sleep disturbance.

So how often should you see your Chiropractor for pregnancy care?Beginning in the second trimester, we recommend coming in once a month. During months 7 and 8, twice a month and then in the final month, as the baby gets bigger and bigger, we generally recommend weekly visits until delivery. In addition to Chiropractic care, we also recommend nutritional supplementation for moms-to-be to emphasize a “wholistic” approach for a safe and natural pregnancy.

As an added bonus for our patients, here at Riverview Chiropractic Health we like to give moms and babies under our care a birthday present. So, when you’re both home and settled you can schedule a post-delivery wellness visit…It’s on the house! What better way to start your child down the path of their own wellness journey?

References: 1.Field, T. (1999). Pregnant Women Benefit From Massage Therapy. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Mar;20(1):31-8.2.J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2018 Aug; 62(2): 117–124.3.J Chiropr Med. 2007 Spring; 6(2): 70–74.4.ICPA website; About the Webster Method

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Recipe of the Month

Dairy Free Freezer Chocolate Candy Recipe
Combine in a teflon or ceramic coated pan and melt but do NOT boil: 2/3 cup of virgin cold pressed coconut oil 
2/3 cup of cocoa and/ or cacao powder 
1 Tbsp of honey or agave syrup 
1/2 Tsp of vanilla 
1/2 Tsp of saltLine a cupcake or muffin tin with cupcake or candy papers. Fill cups with your favorite fixin’s. I like peanuts, almonds, dried fruit or coconut.Scoop out with a spatula or pour mixture over fixin’s or just into the liners and put pan in freezer.Eat it cold as it the candy will melt easily.

Office News

On Wednesday April 17 from 6;30-7:30pm, Erin Miles will be doing a presentation on Neora a natural skin care product line. Please sign up via email or at the office.

Drs. Joshua G Leuppie and Jeremiah Davis will be hosting another Patient Education and Trigger Point Workshop on Tuesday May 7th at 6:30 pm. They will be teaching some methods to continue your in-office progress at home and setting you up for a successful road to recovery! Spots are limited so sign up at the front desk!

If you would like to schedule your appointment electronically, please feel free to email us at any time. We do have appointy available on our website, but please be aware that appointment is only a request and needs to be approved. More appointments are available directly on our phone line or by contacting our email.