Fertility & Prenatal
So many factors can play into fertility: Diet, exercise, genetics. But what about the alignment of your spine? Believe it or not, for some women — it can.
The body is an intricate, interdependent system. If one bodily system goes awry, it can create a domino effect of symptoms and ailments. That’s where chiropractic care comes into play.
Chiropractors are trained to look at misaligned joints and reset them. Aside from relieving ache or pain from a single joint, this can set other bodily functions back in line as well — even the reproductive system. Chiropractic care can relate to fertility issues if there is interference in the coordination and control of the body. This lack or coordination can have an impact on hormone balances.
Because of the neurologic wiring of the body, and because nerves pass from the spine and pelvis and go to reproductive organs, the lack of movement of joints of the spine and/or pelvis (hips) and/or skull can cause disturbances in hormonal balance. The body can only tell us via the muscles, which have similar nerve supply as the organs, that there is a problem when no disease is present…. So we need to understand that fertility is the result of a extremely complicated symphony of hormonal functions of several glands in the body, including the pituitary, ovaries, adrenal and thyroid, working without nerve interference and properly nourished.
Chiropractic care isn’t a fertility treatment, however. Chiropractic care does not treat infertility. Rather, we care for the person who is experiencing fertility issues. By removing any interference in the nerve system, the body can come back into balance and function optimally. After starting chiropractic care, many women report that their menstrual cycles are regular for the first time in their lives.
Chiropractic Care for the Pregnant Mommies
The journey of creating life is a precious, beautiful process. However, it is not without its challenges, the
ever changing and growing baby puts constant stress and strain on the mommy’s body. Many women experience challenges with back pain, increased labor pains, longer delivery times as a result of their spine and pelvis out of its proper alignment. This can lead to multiple interventions during the labor and delivery process.
Chiropractic care for the pregnant women throughout all the stages of her pregnancy and even after her delivery has shown to reduce some of the challenges associated with pregnancies. One study showed that the pelvic outlet could increase by 30% just switching the mommies’ position from her back to squatting during labor. This speaks to the importance of proper alignment of the pelvis, sacrum and spine. Regular chiropractic care throughout her terms promotes a healthy environment for both mommy and baby to grow together.
Dr. Gunderson has spent many hours after graduation studying to become trained in the care of mommies and their babies. The Webster technique is just one example; this is a gentle procedure that balances the mom’s pelvic and sacrum and relaxes the supporting ligaments, maintaining proper alignment and tone. As a result it has been shown to be very effective in allowing baby to turn head down and engage the pelvis in preparation for birth. Chiropractic works to create an environment for mom and baby that is relaxed and at ease.