People go to the chiropractor for many reasons. Realigning your spine can help reset your entire body and lead to better overall health for people of all ages. One of the most surprising clienteles who frequently see chiropractors are expectant mothers and they’re feeling the difference.
According to The National Library of Medicine, first-time mothers who seek chiropractic help throughout their pregnancy see, on average, a 25% shorter labor; and mothers on their second or third pregnancy see even shorter labor, up to 31% shorter. With the combination of shorter labor times, less physical pain, and increased overall health; seeing a chiropractor is a win-win for moms.
The Webster Technique is a biomechanical procedure for the pelvis and spine specifically for pregnant women. It helps the mother prepare for delivery and even eases the symptoms of fetal dystocia. Fetal dystocia is the proper term for a difficult birth attributed to either the size of the baby, poor uterine function, the position of the baby, or other symptoms. It can also help readjust the pelvis and spine that might have been under strain while pregnant.
The Webster Technique is something the staff at Porterfield Family Chiropractic knows well and deals with often. When Dr. Ryan Porterfield became certified in the Webster technique earlier this year, the increase in happy mothers and babies followed suit, much to the enjoyment to the staff and its patients.
“Since Dr. Porterfield became Webster certified in May we’ve found that many mothers seek us out,” said Rachele Watson, a chiropractic assistant at Porterfield Family Chiropractic. “We watch them relax and just have this new sense of calm, which is amazing. We’ve seen great feedback from our mothers who say that after treatment their labor isn’t as long and their recovery time is shorter, too.”
Porterfield Family Chiropractic has seen over 60 expectant mothers since this spring, but the real joy is watching the mothers come back after they have the baby.
“I’ve watched Dr. Porterfield adjust newborns, which was very cool,” Watson said. “Everyone forgets that when babies are born, it’s physically traumatic for them too - and it (adjustment) really helps.”
Dr. Porterfield is one of the only 6,000 doctors in the world who are certified to use the Webster technique. This certification meant classes taught on the postgraduate level, reassuring clients that they are in the hands of a working, educated professional.
“I am thrilled to provide enhanced care for expecting mothers,” said Dr. Porterfield. “I’m excited to expand my range of care to pregnant mothers so I can take care of them better.”
Seeing a chiropractor has more benefits than you might think. The obvious pros include improved joint and mobility, but some of the other benefits include increased total immunity, decreased depression and stress, improved athletic performance, improved nervous system function, and decreased inflammation and chances of heath disease and high blood pressure.
For more information on the work that Dr. Porterfield and the rest of the staff at Porterfield Family Chiropractic do for mothers and everyone of all ages, please check out their website at https://www.valparaisochiropractor.com/