What are the benefits of chiropractic treatment to pregnant women?

Updated: Feb 18



During a pregnancy, consistent and appropriate chiropractic treatment gives the mother a natural option to support her health plan. Chiropractors are some of the most sought-after professionals during this special time when a new life is growing. They provide a safe and natural alternative to many other treatments including medications or even massage. While many techniques used by chiropractors are regarded as alternative medical practices, they are still effective in reducing symptoms of some of the most commonly experienced ailments associated with pregnancy such as morning sickness, sciatica, and back pain.


The chiropractic field of care has seen exponential growth due in good measure to the increasing number of women who are interested in natural wellness treatments during pregnancy. Chiropractors are trained medical professionals who use their hands and body to manipulate the spine to provide relief from pain or other health issues. They are effective in assessing and treating a variety of conditions throughout the stages of pregnancy that bring comfort and relief to both mother and baby.

Birth and chiropractic treatment

Through the biomechanical balance it produces in a pregnant woman’s pelvis, hips and spine, chiropractic care can have positive effects on mother and child. For one thing, chiropractic treatment can significantly reduce the chances of requiring interventions during birthing time. Chiropractic treatment is also known to help relieve pain related to labor. It can ensure that the birth process runs smoothly and much more successfully than anticipated by those mothers who look to chiropractic care over traditional medicine. One of the greatest advantages of using chiropractic care during pregnancy is that women who do so greatly reduce their risk of experiencing postpartum complications or even depression. It is one reason why it’s best to seek out qualified chiropractors before and during pregnancy as opposed to relying solely on prescription medication. Many studies have shown it to be safe for both mother and baby.

After childbirth care

Even natural births can pose a challenge for infants. It's important to know that babies sometimes have trouble turning their necks from side-to-side, which may cause problems with sucking or feeding. Thankfully, these issues are fixable. At mother and child’s disposal is help from physical therapy and the right massage techniques.

Chiropractic care is an approach to healthcare that focuses on the body's nervous system. It’s aim is to maintain a healthy nervous system that can improve one's health; it focuses on the manipulation of spinal bones, joints and muscles. Chiropractors can help with any pain relief-related issues for patients and assist with healing any sort of injuries or chronic conditions, improving posture, and reducing stress levels.

And so, after childbirth, chiropractic care can help with the recovery of muscles and prevent future back pain by gentle adjustments to the spine.

Frequent questions related to chiropractic treatment


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Do adjustments to my spine make my spine looser or more unstable?

No. Only those areas of the spine that are blocked or with less mobility than normal are adjusted. This encourages muscles and ligaments to function in a biomechanically and neurophysiologically correct way.

How is my spine related to my baby?

Pregnancy can be one of the best opportunities to receive chiropractic treatment! Although it is always recommended to have an optimally functioning nervous system, it is especially useful during pregnancy.

Both mother and child will benefit from chiropractic treatments during pregnancy. Adjustment procedures are always tailored to the individual at time of treatment which is selected considering the mother's abdomen size, her weight, and condition. During this time of weight gain and hormonal changes, more and more pregnant women are opting for chiropractic care to help them. Some women have reported faster deliveries and feel they have experienced much fewer complications.

So, should I see a chiropractor for my pain?


Chiropractors can help relieve your pain and get you moving again. They can work with you to decrease pain, improve strength and give you some advice on how to manage your issues.


Courtenay Massage Therapy can help if you’re experiencing pain or stress. Our centre offers chiropractors, naturopaths, RMTs and various massage therapies, so do reach out and call us directly at 250-897-0069 or BOOK ONLINE conveniently. If you wish, you can also use our easy CONTACT US page to request help with services or booking. We are here and ready to help you.

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