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How to Improve Your Pregnancy

A new just published research trial looked at the effect chiropractic care had on relaxing the pelvic floor muscles (PFM) in women during their first pregnancy with PFM dysfunction, also known as levator ani muscle complex dysfunction.

PregnancyThe PFM’s are important during the second stage of labour and can manifest during pregnancy as stress urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and/or fecal incontinence. Interestingly, symptoms may start off as a dull ache to the left and 4-5 cm above the anus or higher in the rectum and involve a feeling of constant pressure or burning.

Spinal dysfunction such as misalignment of the vertebrae in the low back can affect nerves to the PFMs causing them to tighten. The pelvic joints must also be kept in alignment for ease and comfort during pregnancy, labor and post delivery.

How to Help?

Both the lower back vertebrae and pelvic joints can easily be realigned with the pregnant patient lying face down and comfortably supported with pillows under the pelvis taking the load off the abdomen. We have been treating pregnant women for 30 years with great success and this study confirms yet another benefit chiropractic treatment has for pregnant women.

Please forward this information onto anyone who is pregnant even if they have no symptoms, it’s important that they get checked ideally as early in their pregnancy as possible.

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