Chiropractic Pregnancy Care in Rockford, Illinois
Dr. Renée Andino is board certified in pediatrics and pregnancy, holding a diploma with the ICA (International Chiropractic Association) – The Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics – the highest level of advanced training in the field. Dr. Renée’s patients receive the highest possible level of care.
Natural chiropractic care is becoming an increasingly popular choice for maintaining a healthy and comfortable pregnancy. Gentle chiropractic adjustments can often relieve the discomfort associated with sciatica, carpal tunnel, and low back pain that may often occur.
Chiropractic care is a safe, natural approach to managing these conditions, as well as restoring the body’s natural alignment, keeping the body in balance for the duration of the pregnancy.
Techniques such as the Webster Technique help to restore the proper balance of the pelvis, sacrum, and ligaments that may often shift during pregnancy. When the pelvis is aligned properly it creates the space for the baby to move into the optimal position for birth.
Regular adjustments during pregnancy have also been shown to help:
- Manage Morning Sickness
- Reduce Labor and Delivery Time
- Neck, Back and Joint Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Many years ago, if a mother was told that her unborn baby was in the wrong position (i.e. breech, transverse, face/ brow) it was assumed that the safest course of action was a C-section. While there were other options such as “External Cephalic Version” by an obstetrician, there were risks involved that a C-section could avoid. This has resulted in over 30% of births being by C-section, 20% of which are due to malpresentation. As the rate of C-sections has risen, so has the rate of pregnancy-associated deaths.
In the 1970’s, chiropractor, Dr. Larry Webster, found a connection between a sacral subluxation (pelvic misalignment) and fetal malposition. The presence of this subluxation pattern may cause ligament tension which could result in undue uterine tension making it more difficult for the fetus to move into optimal position for birth. He discovered a simple way to determine the presence of, and provide chiropractic care for, this misalignment and resultant ligament tautness or in-utero constraint. The result of the procedure was that many babies were naturally able to assume the normal vertex (head down) position.