Prenatal Chiropractic Care
As exciting as pregnancy can be, it is also often a time for pain and discomfort, particularly in the back and the neck. Prenatal chiropractic treatment at our Shenandoah Chiropractic practice in Harrisonburg brings relief by realigning the spinal cord as well as the surrounding ligaments and muscles. Patients can expect our chiropractor to provide only therapies that are natural and non-invasive without having to rely on pain medication.
An Overview of Our Prenatal Chiropractic Services
The expression prenatal chiropractic is an umbrella term covering a group of services we offer to pregnant women. These therapies correct any misalignment in the joints, reducing pressure on the nerves and creating a sense of well-being. Chiropractic care is also helpful for correcting pregnancy problems associated with pelvic misalignment and balance.
A chiropractor who offers these services has completed special training with women who are pregnant. This prenatal treatment is considered safe for patients and the children they carry. Treatment always avoids placing excessive pressure on the patient’s abdomen. Many doctors of chiropractic prescribe special exercises and stretches during pregnancy and use adjustable treatment tables that are designed to accommodate a pregnant patient.
Chiropractic services for a pregnant woman differ in at least one major way from standard chiropractic therapies. The chiropractor always considers the changes in endocrinology and physiology during pregnancy and how they result in the misalignment of joints and the spine.
The Benefits of Prenatal Treatment
Pregnant patients can receive many benefits from prenatal chiropractic treatment. Among them are:
- Reduction in labor and delivery time
- Nausea control
- Prevention of possible Caesarean deliveries
- Healthier overall pregnancy
- Relief for neck, joint, and back discomfort
- Education of patients on home care and nutrition
Our individualized treatment plans for our pregnant patients include customized at-home exercises and stretches. Dr. Keefe notes that a recent study showed labor time reductions of as much as 39 percent for patients undergoing prenatal treatment.
Treating the Source
Many prenatal plans include therapeutic exercises, soft tissue therapy, and joint mobilization. Every customized treatment plan considers the challenges that develop as a pregnancy advances. Among the most important are the increased weight and ligaments that loosen. Our prenatal care treats the muscles and ligaments as well as the spinal cord.
Schedule a Consultation with Our Chiropractor in Harrisonburg, VA
At Shenandoah Chiropractic, patient comfort always comes first. Our chiropractor, Dr. Patrick Keefe, delivers gentle holistic care to help his patients achieve their individual wellness goals. In addition to prenatal chiropractic services, we offer spinal adjustments, stretching and strengthening exercises, and other treatments such as cold laser therapy, and nutritional advice, and lifestyle advice. Call us today at (540) 564-6735 to schedule an appointment.