Pregnancy Treatment in Madison, OH
Pregnancy treatment helps you safely and effectively manage the changes to your nutritional requirements, weight and body shape when you are expecting. Located in Madison, French Chiropractic and Wellness Center offers pregnancy treatment to the women of Painesville, Mentor and surrounding towns in Ohio to help ensure the health of mother and baby.
Chiropractic Treatment and Pregnancy
Pregnancy is an exciting time of life! However, some of the body changes that go along with it can have some undesirable side effects. Natural occurrences such as a changing center of gravity and ligament laxity can put expectant mothers at risk of developing poor posture and lower back pain.
In fact, many of the ailments commonly associated with pregnancy can be attributed to increased stress on the spine.
Our trained chiropractors can offer relief and help prevent addressable problems before they start through professional care of your spine, muscles, and joints throughout the term of your pregnancy and beyond.
Why Chiropractic Care?
With a baby on the way, you’re probably just as concerned with how your health choices will affect him or her in addition to having new needs to meet yourself. Chiropractic treatment provides proven, drug-free alternatives for taking care of yourself and your body while keeping your precious one safe from side effects.
Keeping your body and spine healthy reduces your pain and discomfort and keeps the area your developing baby has to grow in free from preventable restrictions so that you both stay strong and stress-free as much as possible. Plus, less strain on the joints and muscles means that you will have an easier time keeping up with day-to-day activities and labor may be shorter and less painful as well.
The Chiropractic Aim
Our chiropractors care greatly about both you and your baby, so we offer conscientious treatment options that avoid the need for supplemental drugs. We aim to minimize and correct the strains on the body that pregnancy can cause so that you and your baby remain as healthy and comfortable as possible.
In light of this, we follow 10 basic rules to ensure the best possible outcome for mother and child:
1. First and Foremost, Do No Harm
While this rule is universal with all our chiropractic patients, we recognize that pregnancy presents some unique considerations that we are careful to remain mindful of in the course of any diagnosis or treatment.
2. Hormonal Influences Must Be Accounted For
In addition to the physical stresses that pregnancy puts on the body, we know that the accompanying hormonal changes take their toll, too. Fluctuations of estrogen, relaxin, and progesterone can cause changes and possible difficulties with smooth muscle tone, connective tissues, and ligaments. Our chiropractors are trained to account for these changes as they work with you throughout the term of your pregnancy.
3. A Complete History Must Be Taken
In addition to the thorough attention we give to the individual history and circumstances of all our patients, special consideration is given to pregnant women for:
- Any previous history of pregnancy and outcomes
- Any previous or continuing traumatic experiences
- Any current medical conditions and medication taken
- Any personal or family experience of deep vein thrombosis
- Psychosocial background of patient and family
- Current habits of nutrition, smoking, and alcohol use
4. Attentive Examination Must Be Given
We perform a complete chiropractic, orthopedic, and neurological examination for all our patients. For pregnant women, however, we also especially watch out for
- Postural changes that may occur over time
- Any changes or difficulty in walking
- Ribcage changes as the baby grows larger
- Changes in blood pressure
- Any swelling or inflammation
- Any areas of particular complaint
In each of these areas, our chiropractors are well positioned to observe any problems with posture or muscle imbalance and address potential stressors while being able to alert the patient and her health care team of any developing issues.
5. Decision-Making Remains Solely with the Patient
Research has proven the best outcomes come from women who are empowered to make their own decisions after being able to consult with their healthcare professionals to learn all their options.
When consulting with a woman about her treatment plan, our chiropractors will keep her informed about her goals and progress and offer helpful advice about exercise and lifestyle issues that are relevant to her particular situation. Since there are often multiple treatment options available, we will take care to explain all of them fully to you and answer all of your questions. Then, when you have all the information you need, the course of action you take will be completely up to you.
6. A Comfortable Environment Is Essential
We take your comfort seriously during this time of your life and will always respond to any feedback on how we can make you more comfortable during your visit. We keep several items on hand to facilitate this for you, including
- Pregnancy pillows
- Pregnancy beds on a flat table
- Chiropractic benches that have separating pelvic and thoracic pieces
- Knee-chest tables
7. Treatment Options Will Be Customizable
As your body changes, we will monitor and adjust our practices accordingly. In the first and second trimesters, the primary goal will be to provide maximum support to biomechanical structures, and then later we will aim to reduce stress and maintain good alignment and skeletal integrity.
8. We Will Provide Additional Support Through Helpful Advice
Our chiropractors will be happy to assist you with specific advice for work and lifestyle activities that will help you retain your strength and posture and keep you and your baby comfortable and healthy, according to your individual needs.
9. We Will Provide Guidance for Appropriate Exercise Activities
Regular exercise is important to strengthen your core muscles and pelvic floor and keep your pelvis stabilized. Our chiropractors will assist you with appropriate advice with respect to both your pre-pregnancy and current levels of fitness. Primary goals will be to
- Strengthen muscles
- Strengthen joints and improve flexibility
- Improve circulation
- Prepare for labor and subsequent recovery
We Will Be a Contributing Partner to Your Healthcare Team
With a shared desire to work with the natural functions and healing abilities of the body, chiropractors and midwives make a very compatible team. Midwives often value someone who can help with the physical ailments of pregnancy, and chiropractors are happy to provide the preventive care that will make the delivery process easier in addition to keeping mother and child in optimal health.
Chiropractic treatment is definitely an effective route to consider if you are looking for safe and gentle drug-free alternatives for healthcare and stress relief during your pregnancy. Contact French Chiropractic and Wellness Center, located in Madison, and serving the residents of Painesville, Mentor and surrounding towns in Ohio to learn more.