What's Spinal Traction
Spinal traction is a treatment that consists of a chiropractor connecting you to a series of pulleys and rigging as you lie on a table. The device has a motor, which controls the rigging. Half of your body is gently pulled in one way while the other half of your body is pulled in the other direction. This helps alleviate pressure on the sensitive discs in your back. Particularly, this is a common treatment for sciatica.
Traction During Pregnancy
Sciatica, unfortunately, is a common issue in pregnant women. It's an issue that describes back pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling that may extend throughout your legs. In the first trimester, it stems from hormones. In the last trimester, it's from the unborn baby pushing on your sciatic nerve.
It's important to speak with Dr. Shaver and Dr. Gullo about your obstetrician before you have any type of chiropractic treatment. When you're discussing the option of mechanical traction, your chiropractor and obstetrician will take into consideration how far along you are, how high risk your pregnancy is, and your overall health.
Dr. Shaver and Dr. Gullo may recommend you receive chiropractic adjustments instead, which can be given safely, especially by a chiropractor with training in pregnant women. Sometimes, your chiropractor may also recommend exercises that work your back. Your practitioner will guide you through exercises that slowly stretch different portions of your back. This helps relax your muscles.
Additionally, these stretches promote circulation to the area, which can also reduce pain. This is also a treatment that poses no risk to your unborn baby since your chiropractor will opt for exercises that are safe for you based on how far along your pregnancy is.
Chiropractic care is a pain relief option that you could benefit from during pregnancy. This is especially true since chiropractic care is a natural, drug-free pain relief method.
Contact Shaver Chiropractic & Natural Medicine today at (910) 452-5555 to discuss safe options for back relief during pregnancy.