Pregnancy is an exciting journey! Prenatal chiropractic is a safe and effective treatment option to help ensure your pregnancy journey is as comfortable as possible. A woman’s body endures many changes with each trimester; prenatal chiropractic is effective in relieving pain and discomfort that can be experienced at each new change.
Common complaints include back and hip pain, muscle tension, headaches, and swelling. Our chiropractor, Dr. Natalie Leib, a mother of two, has a special interest in working with pregnant women. She has completed a number of post-graduate courses including Active Release Technique, Graston Technique, Birth Fit and Webster Technique.
The Webster Technique is a specific and gentle chiropractic assessment and treatment protocol used in pregnancy. Webster Technique works to facilitate pelvic balance and decrease the stress and strain on the muscles and ligaments attached to the uterus.
By correcting any misalignments and reducing tension of the shortened ligaments, it can allow the baby to position itself in the most optimal position for birth.
An initial appointment includes a comprehensive history and physical exam. Included is an assessment of the muscles, joints and ligaments as well as the Webster Technique analysis. Based on assessment findings, a specific treatment plan is discussed to tailor to your specific needs.
Webster Technique adjustments are gentle and can be performed at any stage of pregnancy along with soft tissue release for the muscles and ligaments surrounding the pelvis.
Birth Fit is an approach to help women through the pregnancy journey, the transition to postpartum, and the postpartum stage.
There are four pillars to Birth Fit:
Through pregnancy and postpartum, core dysfunction can present itself as pelvic floor dysfunction. This can include incontinence, diastasis recti, back pain, chest breathing, and poor posture. Birth Fit professionals are trained to address these issues and guide women through prenatal and postnatal rehab. This technique works to prepare the body for the demands of pregnancy and to help restore the body postpartum.
Functional progression exercises help teach you how to recruit the deep core muscles which include the diaphragm, pelvic floor, obliques, rectus and transversus abdominis, and the spinal erector muscles.