The nerve system controls and coordinates all function of the human body. In order to have a baby, a symphony of neurology must take place. There are key areas of the human body that start labor and allow it to progress naturally. The sacral plexus at the base of the spine along with a balance in sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve system tone creates the ideal situation to stack the deck in our favor toward a natural healthy drug free birth. There is so much neurology that explains how the chiropractic adjustment balances nerve system tone thereby increasing overall function (to read more detail, click here). Big scientific terminology aside, the chiropractic adjustment removes negative nerve system signals and increases positive body messages from the body to the brain and as a result from the brain to the body.
The hormone relaxin normally circulates in women, peaking at 14 days after ovulation. During pregnancy a larger amount of relaxin is released and circulated at key stages of pregnancy in order to allow ligaments to stretch and the pubic symphysis to soften. This is a vital part of the birth process. However, this means that the body can go out of alignment more often than it would normally because the role of ligaments is to hold bones in a place. Subluxations (misalignments) are silent at first, but overtime, manifest as symptoms and conditions. When the pelvis in particular is misaligned, an imbalanced stress on the surrounding soft tissues, muscles and ligaments may occur. The role of muscles is to move bones through a normal range of motion. When ligaments become loose there is potential for muscles to tighten up. Gentle chiropractic adjustments on a regular basis throughout pregnancy is a great way to reduce symptoms, maintain optimal health, and increase your health overall health potential.
The fact of the matter is that there is only so much room in the uterus for the growing baby to occupy. Uterine constraint has been documented in the literature in several high quality health journals. One of the ways that chiropractic care can help reduce the effects of uterine constraint is to release the round ligaments and the psoas muscles during every adjustment. The obstetric literature has determined that correct positioning of the baby in-utero affects birth outcome and decreases the potential for undue stress to the baby’s developing spine and nerve system. Obstetric literature has also determined the importance of pelvic neuro-biomechanics for the prevention of dystocia, difficult birth. Chiropractic literature has determined the significance of sacral adjusting in normalizing pelvic neuro-biomechanics. Modified Webster technique provides a gentle adjustment with awesome results. This produces the desired outcome of releasing the tension in the spine, reducing the subluxation of the pelvis and relaxing the entire body allowing for a better adjustment in the middle spine and neck if required.