Dr. Thomas M. Kolenda and the staff of Kolenda Chiropractic and Acupuncture serve the residents of many Texas communities, including the greater Austin area and surrounding counties. The doctor and his staff specialize in treating women during all stages of pregnancy.
Pregnancy Pain Q & A
Can Chiropractic Care Help With the Lower Back Pain Associated With Pregnancy?
During pregnancy, a woman's body goes through several changes. The additional weight that continues to grow in the abdomen puts stress on the muscles and connective tissues, resulting in lower back pain. As time passes, and the weight continues to bear down, it can also affect the hips and pelvis. Chiropractic adjustments, along with acupuncture, can help to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with pregnancy. A chiropractic adjustment doesn't just affect the skeletal structure, it also adjusts the connective tissue and muscles, providing support to the growing baby and the hips and pelvis of the mother that carry the weight of the child.
What Other Types of Pregnancy Pain can be Treated With Chiropractic and Acupuncture?
A pregnant woman can gain seventy pounds or more during a pregnancy. This additional weight can stress the hips, thighs, ankles, and feet. Continued pressure on the pelvis can also cause the sciatic nerve to be pinched. Both acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments can work to relieve pain and restore blood flow to areas that are being impacted by the weight of the growing fetus. Another common pain that is felt by pregnant mothers toward the end of their pregnancy is the stretching of the tendon and ligaments that support the stomach and abdomen as the child grows. Chiropractic adjustments help to keep the spine and connective tissues in alignment and relieve the stress on the ligaments and tendons that support the stomach.
Should Nutritional Counseling Begin Before a Woman Gets Pregnant?
Nutritional counseling is important during all stages of a pregnancy. If a woman knows she is going to try and become pregnant, nutritional counseling may help her achieve her goals. The right diet plan and supplement can provide much needed nutrients the woman will need to create the right environment for a growing baby. Being nutritionally prepared prior to pregnancy relieves some of the stress on the body once conception has occurred. Women who eat a nutritionally sound diet may not have to use a supplement. A nutritional counselor can review a woman's normal diet and make recommendations that will help her to gain the strength and endurance she needs to carry a child to term.