The moment you find out that you are pregnant, your first and primary focus becomes your health and the health of your unborn child. While you may be under the impression that only conventional medical treatments should be used during your pregnancy, this is not necessarily the case. There are several alternative medicine treatments that are available to you to help treat your pregnancy symptoms. These treatments are both safe and effective, and can help improve your overall quality of life and health throughout your pregnancy. All you need to do is to know what treatments are available to you and which symptoms they can treat.
Many people think that chiropractic treatment is not appropriate during pregnancy. However, this is entirely untrue. In order to complete training, a chiropractor must be specifically trained in treating expectant mothers. On top of that, some chiropractors opt to undergo additional training to get special certifications for treating pregnant women.
Chiropractic care stems from the theory that when the spine is out of proper alignment, the rest of the body suffers. This is because the spine is also the hub of the central nervous system.
When alignment is off, the nerves that travel down the spine and communicate with the other systems throughout you body become blocked, pinched or impeded. This prevents proper communication and can lead to a variety of health problems.
When you are pregnant, your skeletal system shifts and adjusts to accommodate your growing child. Sometimes this can have the unfortunate side effect of pushing your spine out of alignment. This can cause several problems-- most commonly back pain, stiffness, and general discomfort.
Regular visits to the chiropractor can help ensure that your spine gets back into alignment relieving this chronic back pain, stiffness, and discomfort. Additionally, chiropractic treatment has been shown to help relieve morning sickness.
Yoga is another somewhat misunderstood alternative medicine option in treating the negative symptoms associated with pregnancy. While some may fear that yogic exercises are too strenuous for a pregnant woman, this is not the case.
Yoga focuses primarily on the connection between the mind and body. When that connection is strong, a person is better able to remain healthy. A regular yoga practice involves controlled stretching exercises accompanied with focused breathing. This helps limber up the body, which aids in keeping it balanced, while simultaneously focusing and calming the mind.
Keeping your body limber can help alleviate the physical aches and pains associated with pregnancy. And, the focus on the connection between your mind and body will help you to remain calm and to better handle stress throughout your pregnancy. Stress is one of the biggest risk factors for pregnancy problems, so any treatment that can help alleviate your stress can only serve to benefit you.
All you need to do is make sure to tell your yoga instructor that you are pregnant, and make sure to avoid exercises that put undue strain and/or pressure on your abdomen. Prenatal yoga classes can be a highly beneficial treatment for your pregnancy as all the poses are safe.
As you can see, alternative medicine treatments, like those offered at Scott Nissenbaum Chiropractic, are viable and safe options to treat your pregnancy symptoms. These treatments can be used to complement your conventional medical treatments to help you stay happy and healthy throughout your entire pregnancy.