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Chiropractor for Pregnancy in Oxnard, CA

Pregnancy Chiropractor Oxnard CA Near Me

There are many hormonal and physical changes you experience during pregnancy. Some of these will have an impact on your posture and comfort. As your baby becomes heavier, your center of gravity shifts and your posture adjusts accordingly. These physical changes during pregnancy can lead to a misaligned spine or joints, an increased curve in your low back, and pain and instability.

Other uncomfortable changes during pregnancy might include:

  • a protruding abdomen resulting in an increased curve of your back
  • changes to your pelvis as your body begins to prepare for labor
  • adaptations to your posture

Regular visits to a chiropractor during your pregnancy can address these issues. More than 60% of women experience lower back pain due to posture changes that put pressure on the spine, back joints, and muscles. Regular chiropractic care corrects spinal misalignment, relieves muscle tension to ease the burden that causes pain, and improves posture. Chiropractors focus on treating the root cause of the issue, preventing the need for any pain-relieving medication.

Studies have shown that 75% of pregnant women who seek chiropractic care during pregnancy report natural pain relief. Chiropractic adjustments are designed to re-establish balance and alignment in your pelvis and spine, making you feel better. Chiropractic care can be beneficial for your baby, too.

How We Treat Pregnant Moms in Oxnard, CA

Prenatal Chiropractic Treatment

Collaborating with a chiropractor early on in your pregnancy will allow you to catch small problems quickly and get treatment to minimize your discomfort as your body goes through the natural process of preparing for birth. Chiropractic care can help you keep your pelvis aligned, maximizing the space available to your developing baby. When an external force obstructs the amount of space your growing baby has for normal movements, it’s known as an intrauterine constraint. This can lead to birth defects.

Additionally, a misaligned pelvis can make delivery harder. Your baby needs to have enough room to move into the best position to be born, rear-facing, head down. In some cases, this could affect your ability to have a natural birth.

Here are a few more benefits of receiving regular chiropractic care during your pregnancy:

  • Maintain a healthier, more comfortable pregnancy
  • Relieve pain in your back, neck, hips, and joints
  • Control symptoms of morning sickness

Not only can routine chiropractic care manage pain in your back, hips, and joints and establish pelvic balance, leading to faster, easier labor and delivery, but it also eases the symptoms of morning sickness, acid reflux, insomnia, and swelling in the feet and hands. Chiropractic adjustments relieve nerve pressure from different regions like the spine, neck, and mid-back to improve sleep, minimize acid reflux, and enhance nerve communication. Chiropractic care is a drug-free, natural solution to your pregnancy pain. Using natural health care allows you to avoid taking medication that could negatively impact your baby.

Massage Therapy and Soft Tissue Work

Natural Stress Relief

Studies have shown that massage therapy significantly increases feelings of relaxation and reduces stress during pregnancy. This leads to improved mood regulation and cardiovascular health. Additionally, massage therapy leads to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight.

Reduction of Swelling

Swelling of the joints during pregnancy is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce the collection of fluids in swollen joints. This also improves the removal of toxic waste carried by the body’s lymph system.

Improvement of Nerve Pain

Sciatic nerve pain may occur in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on the pelvic floor and lower back muscles. Massage therapy can soothe inflamed nerves by releasing tension on surrounding muscles.

Other potential benefits of prenatal massage:

  • Reduced back pain
  • Reduced joint pain
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduced edema
  • Reduced muscle tension and headaches
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
  • Better sleep

Common Causes of Pregnancy Pain

Low Back Pain

Low back pain is common during pregnancy due to extreme changes to your body’s physiology, i.e., weight gain, posture changes, hormone changes, stress, and muscle separation. Natural low back pain relief can be achieved through chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, and exercise.

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain during pregnancy is due to overly stretched ligaments, fluctuating hormone levels, and organs moving around to make room for a growing uterus. Chiropractic adjustments combined with massage therapy help keep your pelvis aligned, reduce stress, and promote relaxation for both baby and mom.


Sciatic nerve pain may occur when nerves in the low back become irritated. During pregnancy, there can be many causes of sciatica, such as weight gain, increased fluid retention, expanding uterus, shifting center of gravity, baby’s head resting on the nerve, and herniated or bulged disc. The good news is regular chiropractic adjustments can help relieve sciatic pain by reducing the pressure on the irritated nerves.

Pregnancy-Related Nausea

Morning sickness typically starts at around weeks 6-9 and goes away around weeks 12-16. A few causes of morning sickness may be increased pregnancy hormone hCG, increased levels of estrogen and progesterone, stress, fatigue, or hot weather. You might notice a metallic taste in your mouth, a sharper sense of smell, heartburn, or excess saliva production. If you experience morning sickness, a chiropractic adjustment can help ease your symptoms. Additionally, take it slow, rest, and de-stress.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is chiropractic safe during pregnancy?

Yes. Chiropractic care can help manage your back, hip, and joint pain. It can also establish pelvic balance.

Is it normal to have lower back pain in early pregnancy?

It is common to experience lower back pain in early pregnancy. During pregnancy, the ligaments in your body naturally become softer and stretch to prepare you for labor. This strains the joints of your lower back and pelvis, resulting in back pain.

How do you relieve lower back pain during pregnancy?

We recommend regular chiropractic care and massage therapy to help relieve pain and symptoms you are likely to experience during pregnancy.

When does low back pain start in pregnancy?

Low back pain typically occurs between the fifth and seventh months of pregnancy. Women with pre-existing lower back problems are at higher risk for back pain.

When should I be concerned about pelvic pain during pregnancy?

Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience pelvic pain along with fever, chills, vaginal bleeding, fainting, lightheadedness, severe pain, trouble moving around, fluid leaking, the baby moving less, blood in bowel movements, nausea or vomiting, or repeated diarrhea.

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