How it Works to Provide Relief During Pregnancy

Chiropractic care is a great way to relieve pain from musculoskeletal issues without invasive procedures, surgery, or drugs. And if you’re pregnant, you likely have a few musculoskeletal issues you wish you could straighten out.


But if you’re worried that spinal adjustments will hurt your baby, you might be surprised to learn that not only is it safe, but it can be as beneficial for your unborn child as it is for you. 


Dr. Michael Varnay at V Chiropractic and Rehabilitation in Littleton, Colorado, is highly trained in the specialized care of pregnant women and their unborn babies. Before, during, and after delivery, your body undergoes countless changes that affect your spine and pelvis. 


Some of those changes cause pain and discomfort for you — in fact, more than half of all pregnant women have back pain during their term — and some of those changes cause discomfort and complications for your baby. But Dr. Varnay can relieve all that with specific chiropractic techniques.

A word of caution

Although chiropractic care is considered generally safe for most people and most pregnant women, there are a few complications of pregnancy that would prevent you from undergoing chiropractic treatments while you’re pregnant:



It’s a good idea to talk it over with your obstetrician and let them know you’d like to receive chiropractic care during your pregnancy. Ask if you have any conditions or issues that might put you or your baby at risk. 


If you get a thumbs up, Dr. Varnay is the specialist who can skillfully and gently make the adjustments you and your baby need for a smooth birth experience.

Understanding your pregnant body

Most mothers-to-be do their research and read up on what to expect during the various stages of their baby’s development. It’s an exciting time, as well as one of great physiological changes. 


Your hormones change dramatically and make it easier for your body to accommodate the growing human inside you. One of those hormones is called relaxin, which is exactly what does — relaxes you. 


Or more specifically, it relaxes your uterine wall to prevent premature contractions, it relaxes your vessels to boost blood flow to the placenta, and it relaxes your ligaments and pelvis so your baby can move and grow.


It’s the last part that might cause some unintended issues. The combination of these changes and your baby’s ever-increasing girth can lead to:



If your baby is still in the breech position (feet down), which affects about 4% of all births, Dr. Varany is certified to perform the Webster technique. This is a chiropractic technique that addresses the subluxation of your pelvis so your baby has a chance of turning. The Webster technique has an 82% success rate.

What to expect from chiropractic care during pregnancy 

Much like he does during a chiropractic visit for people who are not pregnant, Dr. Varnay assesses the position of your spine and pelvis to determine any abnormalities or misalignments. Unlike most chiropractors though, Dr. Varnay spends considerable time getting to know you and your health story.


That’s especially important during your pregnancy. You may have questions about safety and comfort, and you may feel a little apprehensive about allowing him to manipulate your body. That’s why he makes sure to answer all of your questions and explains every movement and its purpose, so you can feel completely prepared and at ease.


He also uses a special table that makes it easier for pregnant women to move into the right position that allows him to treat them. He makes precise and careful adjustments using special techniques, never applying pressure to your abdomen. 


When you’re done with your treatment session, he also gives you instructions for safe and effective stretches and exercises that can help you maintain a strong and healthy body that’s primed to deliver. 

If you’re pregnant and experiencing the inevitable aches and pains due to a changing body, call us today or book an appointment online to help ensure a smoother birth experience.

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