Pregnancy Chiropractor Asheville
While challenging at times, pregnancy is a beautiful and rewarding season of life. Many women in Asheville visit our office throughout their pregnancy. Our goal is for every mom to understand that her body was specifically and intelligently designed for the birthing process. We strive to educate families about the benefits of chiropractic care during and after pregnancy.
The benefits of seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy are:
- Relieving back, hip, neck and joint pain
- Reducing labor pain and delivery time by 40%
- Decreasing rates of cesarean delivery and induction
- Reducing nausea
- Improving sleep
- Increasing energy
- Maintaining a healthier pregnancy for baby and mom
Dr. Dan went above and beyond to receive certification in the Webster Technique, a chiropractic technique specifically designed for pregnant women. This technique provides growing baby with the most ideal birthing environment by balancing the pelvis and decreasing stress on the uterus and surrounding ligaments.
What is the Webster Technique?
The technique was developed by Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Distinct from general chiropractic care, this method specifically focuses on bringing the pelvis and surrounding muscles and ligaments into balance during pregnancy. Whereas many people seek chiropractic care to alleviate pain, this treatment path supports overall wellness and is generally recommended for pregnancy whether or not mom is currently feeling discomfort.
Why choose chiropractic care during pregnancy?
A quicker more comfortable labor and better positioning for delivery are just a few of the reasons why women turn to chiropractic care during pregnancy. Treatment is also supportive for those wishing to have a drug-free vaginal birth with as few interventions as possible. Regular chiropractic adjustments can also address common complaints such as headaches, back and leg pain. The Webster Technique centers on applying strategic, gentle pressure to the pelvis which restores alignment and causes the uterus to relax. As a result, a baby can find more room to turn heads-down and mom can find greater comfort. Feeling good during pregnancy can help mom keep up her normal routine, exercise regimen and regular range of motion. All of these factors contribute to a greater chance of a birth with fewer (or no!) medical interventions.
Pregnant women around the world who are looking to give themselves the best possible chances of reducing discomfort before and during labor without drugs or surgery turn to the Webster Technique. This mode of care is appropriate for pregnant women no matter what type of birth plan you have in mind and will be useful in any setting — homebirth, birth center or hospital.
What should you expect?
Your appointments with your doctor will be something you’ll look forward to. It is our goal that each appointment brings physical comfort and an emotional sense of ease.
Before your adjustment begins, your doctor will always discuss with you any updates to your overall health, pregnancy, and any new sensations or symptoms. After the initial assessment and one-on-one discussion, you can expect your chiropractor to complete your adjustment using a specially modified table to allow space for your growing belly and other pillows or supports for your comfort. These appointments are slightly longer than a typical adjustment appointment and include targeted massage as well. Your appointment is customized for exactly what your body needs in the moment, and for what baby needs to be well positioned for birth.
Above all, treatment with the Webster Technique is gentle and safe.
When should I start chiropractic care during pregnancy?
No matter what point you’re at in your pregnancy, it is not too late to begin treatment. However, the earlier our doctors can see you the better. Releasing the stress building on your pelvis and uterine structures will be essential in helping you remain comfortable and active as long as possible up to the baby’s birth.
If you’re aware that your baby is in breech position, please contact us to be seen as soon as possible. The later in the pregnancy you wait, the larger the baby is and the more effort will be required to get them to turn to a heads-down position. That said, it can be possible to encourage a baby to turn as late as the 38th or 39th week of pregnancy with the help of a certified Webster practitioner.
- Chiropractic care can also be supportive during the preconception phase. Because chiropractic care improves the function of the nervous system, which is linked to the reproductive system, benefits to care can include a return to regular menstrual cycles and a better functioning uterine system.
Ultimately, making the time for chiropractic care during pregnancy is a gift you can give not just to yourself, but that will benefit your newest family member as well. To learn more, check out the videos our team has created on the following topics:
- Breech Baby in Correct Position with the Webster Technique
- Pregnancy Pain Eased with Chiropractic Care
- Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy
- Webster Technique for Breech Babies
If you have any doubts at all, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with our office or to discuss your care plan with your midwife or obstetrician. Chiropractic care using the Webster Technique is well established and known to safely deliver consistent positive results for pregnant women.
Our Webster Technique certified doctors are ready and willing to support you on your journey to as quick and comfortable a birth as possible.