The nine months of pregnancy can be quite a journey for a mother-to-be — a journey that can include some uncomfortable phases. If you’re expecting a new addition to your family, you may be concerned about how the physical changes of pregnancy may affect your quality of life, not to mention the developing fetus’s health. That’s why you’ll be relieved to know that our Aiea chiropractor at Chiropractic Family Care Center, Dr. Paul Kurihara, provides gentle, safe, drug-free prenatal chiropractic care to help you enjoy an easier pregnancy.

Managing Pregnancy Pain With Our Aiea Chiropractor

It’s only natural that a woman’s body would have to transform itself during pregnancy, but Dr. Paul Kurihara  knows that the changes themselves do the body no favors. The weight gain associated with pregnancy forces the spinal column to adopt a swayback position, shifting the entire body out of balance. This shift can cause numerous aches and pains from muscular strain, including headaches, neck pain and back pain. Pressure on sciatic nerve roots can leave you with pain, numbness or pins-and-needles sensation running down one or both legs. Nerve impingement also impairs neural signaling to the endocrine, lymphatic and circulatory systems, aggravating the edema and hormonal swings that make you feel even worse.

Chiropractic Pain Management and the Webster Technique

Prenatal chiropractic care is a smart way to obtain pain management and improved physical function without the use of drugs that might affect your unborn child. Dr. Paul Kurihara can work with the utmost delicacy to administer gentle yet effective spinal adjustments. These adjustments can help reduce nerve pressure and musculoskeletal stresses, relieving aches and pains while also normalizing the nerve signalizing your body needs to regulate its hormonal balances and other systemic functions.

In addition to pain management and functional wellness for expectant mothers, prenatal chiropractic care can help ensure a safe and less complicated delivery. During the third trimester of pregnancy the fetus must turn around inside the womb, reorienting itself so it can be born head first. If a lower spinal misalignment makes this impossible, you may be facing a breech birth and a possible C-section. Dr. Kurihara can help prevent this outcome through use of the Webster Technique. The Webster Technique corrects alignment problems in the sacral spine and sacroiliac joint. These corrections allow the pelvic structures to relax and give the fetus room to move into the proper position for a healthy birth.

Schedule Pregnancy Care From Our Aiea Chiropractor

Dr. Kurihara has special treatment tables designed to accommodate the pregnant body, helping us make you relaxed and comfortable for your adjustment sessions. It is our goal to help you sleep better, feel better, function better and enjoy the safest and easiest delivery possible. If that sounds like a great way to welcome your new family member into the world, call us to schedule prenatal chiropractic care!