WHY DO WOMEN (ESPECIALLY in the Motherhood Transition) NEED CHIROPRACTIC CARE?
As women, we are gifted with an incredibly complex and beautiful reproductive system. The fact that we are able to grow and birth humans will never cease to be an amazing miracle. However, because of the complexity of the reproductive system and its specific anatomy requirements, we can run in to a ton of problems if our anatomy deviates from the normal, healthy, structurally sound architecture.
To understand some of the pathologies of the reproductive system and why they occur, let’s talk about what normal/healthy anatomy of the pelvic girdle looks like and how any deviations from normal alignment (AKA subluxations) can affect everything: your reproductive system health, your pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum phase.
Pelvic Anatomy Lesson: The Pelvic Girdle is made up of 3 bones: the sacrum (upside down triangular bone at the base of your spine), and two innominates (pelvic bones). There are 3 joints that connect these 3 bones: the 2 sacroiliac joints (where the sacrum and pelvic bones meet), and the pubic symphysis (where the pubic bones connect in the front of the pelvis). Below the sacrum, you’ll find the coccyx.
The Pelvic Girdle serves as an anchor for a substantial part of the muscular system: muscles of the spine, legs, abdomen, and thorax (basically everything). It’s not difficult to see how subluxations (misalignments) of the pelvic girdle can affect any or all of the muscle groups that it is associated with; causing contraction, tightness, or spasm.
The symptoms when you have misalignments may include, but are not limited to, low back pain, muscular distress, pubic bone pain, limited range of motion, strength deficiency, unbalanced walking, painful or irregular cycles, painful sex, pelvic floor dysfunction, loss of cycle, difficulty becoming pregnant, and difficult labor (1).
How Does One Get Misalignments?
A large contributor to structural misalignments is trauma. We’ve all had trauma; there’s actually a large chance (80-90%) that we had our own BIRTH trauma. We were all born: some vagnially, some cesarean. Regardless, birth is an incredibly taxing (but useful and beautiful) stress on the baby. According to Viola Frymann, an American osteopathic doctor, 90% of newborns suffered with birth trauma and strain patterns (1). Not to mention how many times we fell on our tailbone learning how to walk, fell off the slide or monkey bars, got in to a car accident, wiped out while skiing, etc. Or we just sit for hours on end per day (trust me, this is traumatic (FYI: sitting is the new smoking)). All of those traumas, both big and small/repetitive, are going to create misalignments and restrictions – a distortion of the structural foundation. And if we don’t get the structure corrected by getting adjusted and moving it properly, the stress and trauma stores in our body as muscle memory. Compensation patterns will then occur, and then protective mechanisms get put in place. Fast forward months or years, and our body develops a chronic state of disharmony or dis-ease. This can then result in all kinds of symptoms both musculoskeletal and organic/visceral. It’s not a good situation being subluxated (misaligned).
Why is going to a Chiropractor CRUCIAL?
Chiropractors can fix these misalignments! Chiropractors work on optimizing your spine, which houses your Central Nervous System (which in case you didn’t know controls and coordinates EVERY. SINGLE. FUNCTION. in your body!). So, if you have misalignments that are putting pressure on your nervous system, not only will you most likely be in pain or have movement deficiencies caused by these structural blockages, you may also have a poorly functioning body. Because the body is self-regulating and self-healing, if optimally functioning, it will most likely easily conceive, carry a baby to term, and have a smooth birth with well-regulated hormones postpartum. The truth of the matter is that adjusting the spine just makes your body work better. It’s not even controversial at this point. And a well adjusted person is able to move well and function better.
People under chiropractic care tend to be more aligned, connected, and energized. And in my professional opinion, we should all get checked and adjusted regularly to benefit the body, mind, and soul.
If you need assistance finding a chiropractor in your area, please do not hesitate to reach out: we are happy to find you a great doctor in your area! Or Check out BIRTHFIT’s Professional page here to find a BIRTHFIT Professional Chiropractor near you!
Dr. Kristyn Silver, D.C.
“Chapter 6: Subluxations Of The Pelvic Girdle.” Atlas of Common Subluxations of the Human Spine and Pelvis, by William J. Ruch, Life West Press, 2014.