Definition of Chiropractic and how it applies to Pregnancy

The United States department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health defines chiropractic.  Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on the relationship between the body's structure—mainly the spine—and its functioning. Although practitioners may use a variety of treatment approaches, they primarily perform adjustments (manipulations) to the spine or other parts of the body with the goal of correcting alignment problems, alleviating pain, improving function, and supporting the body's natural ability to heal itself. As a chiropractor with 30 years experience, the bottom line is that aligning the spine improves function, performance and overall health. It's all about the nerves!!!

The nervous system controls the function of all the systems in the body. Proper spinal nerve flow is vital to health.

The basis of the chiropractic adjustment in pregnancy care is about improving nerve flow to the reproductive organs and thus the developing baby. Pregnant women during all nine months of pregnancy require optimal neural communication to all bodily systems to ensure a healthy pregnancy.  In combination with proper nutrition, exercise and adequate sleep, chiropractic plays an important role on the pregnancy health care team.

In addition, structurally, chiropractic care relieves stress on the lower back and pelvic muscles, helps to prevent sciatica and aligns pelvic structure making for an easier labor and delivery.

Author
Dr J. Zimmerman, Chiropractor Dr. Zimmerman is a practicing chiropractor from Galloway, NJ with 30 years of chiropractic practice.

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