Atlantic Chiropractic and Rehabilitation: Prenatal Chiropractic Care May Reduce Risk for C-Section

CHESAPEAKE, Va., June 14, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Receiving chiropractic adjustments while pregnant, including the Webster Adjustment Technique, may help to alleviate pregnancy-related pain and reduce the risk for a C-Section, reports chiropractor Dr. Eric Santjer. According to the Chesapeake chiropractor, prenatal chiropractic care may lead to fewer breech births, improved labor outcomes, less nausea, reduced anxiety, reduced back and neck pain and relief for muscle and joint pain. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association recommends expectant mothers receive care throughout their pregnancy. Prenatal chiropractic care in the third trimester should focus on establishing pelvic balances and avoiding posterior or breech positions, decreasing the risk for C-sections.

Chiropractor Dr. Eric Santjer says that he has had significant success using prenatal chiropractic care, including the Webster Adjustment Technique, to help expectant mothers prepare for a safe delivery.

"When expectant mothers receive chiropractic adjustments from a licensed and trained chiropractor, this care is not only safe, but can also make a big difference for managing pregnancy-related pain," said Dr. Santjer. "Adjustment tables are designed to comfortably accommodate a woman's changing body. Using specialized adjustment techniques that are designed specifically for pregnancy, our patients can expect safe and appropriate care."

The Webster Adjustment Technique is a specialized chiropractic technique developed specifically for expectant mothers. The goal of this adjustment technique is to maintain proper alignment of the pelvis and spine and reduce intrauterine constraint, which lowers the risk for a C-section. A C-section is more common when the baby is in a breech position.

"The Webster Adjustment Technique was developed specifically to help prepare an expectant mother's body for a safe delivery," said Dr. Santjer. "This technique supports the correct alignment of the pelvis and spine during pregnancy, which is important for reducing the risk of a C-section. For mothers who are seeking a natural birth or as close to a natural birth as possible, I strongly recommend incorporating the Webster Adjustment Technique into prenatal care."

In addition to chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Santjer also recommends prenatal massages for expectant mothers. The Swedish massage technique uses light pressure to relax tense muscles. Massage also helps balance out hormones by naturally increasing the levels of "feel-good" hormones, such as dopamine and serotonin, while decreasing the level of stress hormones.

"Chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy are naturally complementary treatment techniques, and I recommend both for expectant mothers," said Dr. Santjer. "These treatments can reduce the physical stress and tension associated with pregnancy as the body adjusts to accommodate the growing fetus. They also help enhance an expectant mother's sense of wellbeing and may make for an easier birth."

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